9.06.2012

Sesame Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Let's just be honest. I wasn't too thrilled to try out another peanut sauce recipe again. You see, a few months ago, I completely bombed a Thai dish in the kitchen. I didn't post about it on here because it was a complete and utter failure.

As in throw-it-straight-in-the-garbage failure.

Long story short, I ended up calling Ryan in tears and he brought home Cafe Rio for dinner. Ever since then, I've been avoiding peanut sauce recipes altogether.

Until now.

I love Mel's Kitchen Cafe. I can proudly say that whenever I've tried a recipe from her website, it has been 100% delicious 100% of the time. Her website is a goldmine. Serious kudos. I knew when I found her noodle recipe here, I could brave the peanut sauce once and for all.

It worked out perfectly! We couldn't get enough of this dish, and the manchild dove right in (minus the raw carrots). These noodles were so light, yet very filling. I got a little nervous while adding together the potpourri of ingredients for the sauce, but the blend of flavors was absolutely delightful and smelled incredible. It wasn't heavy at all, and the fresh carrots, scallions, and cilantro on top balanced out the texture very well. This recipe feeds about 6 people, so we were giddy fools having it the next day for lunch.

The original recipe calls for chicken - meat can get pricey at the grocery store for us, so we left it out altogether. In my opinion, it doesn't really need it - these noodles stood perfectly well on their own. We most certainly will be adding this dish into our regular meal rotation.

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Sesame Noodles with Peanut Sauce 

Ingredients:
1/4 C sesame seeds
1/2 C chunky peanut butter
2 medium cloves garlic
1 T minced fresh ginger
5 T soy sauce
2 T rice vinegar
1 t hot pepper sauce (we don't like things too spicy, so I only added a couple drops)
2 T packed light brown sugar
5 T hot water
12 oz dried spaghetti noodles
2 T toasted sesame oil
4 scallions, sliced thin on a diagonal
a handful of baby carrots, sliced
cilantro (optional)

Directions:
1. Toast sesame seeds in medium skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden - about 10 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and reserve 1 tablespoon sesame seeds in a small bowl.
3. In blender or food processor, puree remaining sesame seeds, peanut butter, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, hot sauce, and sugar until smooth, about 30 seconds.
4. With machine running, add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until sauce has a thicker consistency. Set blender or food processor aside to sit.
5. Prepare spaghetti noodles - boil in a big pot of water (with a bit of salt) until al dente. Drain noodles.
6. Toss noodles with sesame oil until evenly coated.
7. Slowly add prepared sauce to noodles - if you like your noodles dry, use less. If you want them coated, add it all.
8. Add scallions, carrots, and a sprinkle of cilantro. Serve warm.

*if noodles become dry the next day, add in a T of hot water and they'll freshen right up.

Recipe from: Mel's Kitchen Cafe

13 comments:

  1. Love peanut sauce! I will be trying this one for sure :)

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    1. You will go crazy for this one, Bethany! And your adorable littles will love it, too :)

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  2. Chinese food is the best!! Thanks for this recipe. I've loved looking through your blog! I wanted to invite you to share over at my link party too! It's hosted every Saturday and is all about 'Your Great Idea'. Hope to see you soon! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com/2012/09/hello-weekend-50-mikarose-giveaway.html

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    1. OH man! I missed it! Next time, for sure. I've added you on Facebook to keep in touch. Thanks Mariel for the invite! Your blog is awesome!!

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  3. Hi! This looks absolutely delicious! I found you at the Six Sisters' Link party and would love for you to share them at my link party at http://mommyssweetconfessions.blogspot.com/2012/09/sweet-confessions-sunday-link-party-6.html . See you at the party!

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    1. Will do, thanks for the invite - and for spotting me out of all the links at the SixSisters' party!

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  4. I love your story about bombing a recipe before! I did the same thing with a copy cat Olive Garden recipe. I took a picture of it and text it to my husband with a note that said "Pizza tonight?" LOL! However, this recipe looks amazing! We'd love for you to link it up to our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/09/riverton-housewives-round-up-32.html

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    1. I'm sure at the time it's not so funny, but it sure makes for a good story later :) I love linking up to your party - thanks for the reminder, Paula!

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  5. MM looks delicious. I love Thai food. What type of hot sauce do you use? You should try my thai coconut soup...can't mess that up.

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  6. This sounds great! Can't wait to try it... visiting from Southern Lovely!

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  7. This sounds so good! We love Thai food! And your pictures are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this at Mom's Test Meal Mondays!

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  8. I made this last night, it was amazing! My husband was so excited to have a pasta dish with so much flavor! great job.

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  9. I have always been scared of peanut butter sauces on noodles...yours just might have me over the fear. It looks great !!!

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