Hooray for Peanuts
Saturday is National peanut butter day and I just happen to live in the peanut capital of the world. But would you believe that the supply of Georgia-based premium hand crafted peanut butters is virtually non-existent? Well, that’s all about to change thanks to the entrepreneur behind NaturAlmond, one of the country’s largest hand crafted, small batch Almond Butter companies.
Jaime Foster brought us her grandfather’s all natural almond butter recipe two years ago as an answer to the lack of delicious-tasting natural almond butters on the market. By popular demand, additional flavors such as Salt Free, Maple-Caramel and Honey Roasted Almond Butter, were later introduced. I just found out about the new line of premium hand crafted peanut butters a few weeks ago when I received an invitation to the media preview, which will be held at Southbound restaurant. Executive Chef Ryan Smith will be showcasing the versatility of delicious all-natural peanut butter in a number of creative dishes and desserts. But I just couldn’t wait that long to dig in!
Fresh Peanut Flavor
Jaime was kind enough to give me a taste preview of both the creamy and crunchy peanut butters in advance of the media preview. Georgia Grinders creamy peanut butter, which is produced in a separate facility from the almond butter, uses slow-roasted Georgia peanuts promising us quality, freshness and flavor. The only other added ingredient is a touch of sea salt! What’s not to love about that? Our family can’t get enough of it, and I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Jaime to develop delicious, creative new recipes featuring this amazing product. Luckily for all of us, Georgia Grinders can already be found at select Whole Foods stores around Atlanta and through their website.
Have you ever heard of peanut butter hummus? This is about to change the way we do hummus forever! Hummus is traditionally made with Tahini or sesame paste. But I can’t recall the last time one of my girls asked for a tahini and jelly sandwich. Super versatile peanut butter not only has more than twice the protein as sesame paste, but it also has more fiber and iron plus a long list of additional minerals like folate and niacin.
Expect the Unexpected
I can only dream of the delicious inspiration that Chef Smith is planning to serve up at the media preview. You can bet more creative recipes, like this Sesame-Crusted Chicken Meatball Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce, and a list of unexpectedly delicious uses for peanut butter are coming your way, but for now enjoy our new favorite!
Suggested Wine Pairings
Nutty dishes like this creamy hummus can taste quite bitter if paired with a tannic red wine. Instead look for a slightly crisp white wine with medium to full body to balance the richness of the hummus and nut butter, like a Sauvignon Blanc, Austrian Grüner Veltliner or un-oaked Chardonnay. If you prefer red wines, look for an earthy one with medium body and lower in tannins, like a Cabernet Franc or Pinot Noir.