Sticky, gooey, and nutty peanut butter is an iconic American spread. The most notable use for peanut butter is the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which has been a staple in lunch bags across the country for as long as we can remember. Another favorite is the peanut butter cookie, which appears each year at bake sales and around Christmas time. But the uses for peanut butter reach far beyond a simple sandwich and traditional cookies.
Peanut butter can be used in a variety of sweet and savory applications. How about a Thai-inspired pizza drizzled with peanut sauce or molasses- and peanut butter-glazed ribs? For the sweet side, try a peanut butter cake or soufflé recipe.
You can easily make your own peanut butter by simply grinding shelled peanuts in a food processor until smooth, but be careful not to over-process. If you’re choosing to purchase a store-bought brand, try to pick one without hydrogenated oils and only peanuts and salt as the ingredients.
So, next time you are in the mood for some peanut buttery goodness, try experimenting with the ingredient and incorporating it into some of these sweet and savory recipes.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.