Friday, April 11, 2014

The savory abilities of peanut butter.

We all know peanut butter can be sweet (Reese's, peanut butter fudge, peanut butter cookies, ect.), but it's savory abilities are often overlooked. I think this is very unfortunate because peanut butter goes amazingly with spicy dishes. These sweet potato-peanut couscous balls will show off peanut butter's savory abilities.

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Sweet Potato- Peanut Couscous Balls
makes 16
¼ cup dry couscous
3 ounces boiling water
1 egg
1/3 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
¼ cup diced onion
1 tsp olive oil
¼ cup natural peanut butter
1 cup cooked chickpeas
dash of ground cumin
dash of garlic powder
dash of cayenne pepper powder

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and oil a large baking sheet. Heat a small skillet over medium heat with the olive oil. Add the onion and cook until golden brown. Meanwhile, stir the couscous into the boiling water. Cover and let it sit for five minutes. After the couscous and onions are cooked, allow them to come to room temperature. Using a food processor, process the chickpeas into small chunks. You don’t want a puree, so only run it for a little while. Mix all the ingredients together until they are well combined. Scoop out about 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time onto the baking sheet, forming them into balls. Bake for 30 minutes. Let them sit for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

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