I've messed around with the name of this "dish" over the past few years. I'm not even sure I can call it a "dish"... but it's damn good, and that's all that really matters. I mean, one of the ingredients is peanut butter. I love peanut butter.
So far there's been:
- Crack Den Peanutty Noodles
- Snowed-in and/or It's the Apocolypse peanutty noodles
- The Economy is in the Shitter Peanutty Noodles
- Dorm-life Peanutty Noodles
- Sandra-Lee Style Peanutty Noodles (on 2nd thought though, I think this recipe is a little too refined for her "style")
- Ming Tsai Would Cry If He Knew Peanutty Noodles.
So far, Crack Den seems to be the most popular.
There are only a few ingredients. Most are available at the local convenience store/corner-shop.
It's kind of like... have you ever seen episodes of Top Chef where they take the cheftestants into a gas station and give them 5 bucks to make a gourmet meal? Well, this is in that vein.
I came up with it while I was snowed-in a few years ago... and the only place I could get to was a United Dairy Farmers that was down the street. I brought home ramen noodles and a few pizzas. Now, up until this point (at twenty-blah years old), I had never really made ramen before... so I tried to look up some cool stuff to make with it. I came across some dude's recipe for Divorced & Homeless Ramen Noodles and thought... hell, I have peanut butter. I'LL MAKE IT!
I loved it! I FLOVED it... and I've made it more often than I'd like to admit (being a frequent shopper of Whole Foods n all).
I've added a couple of things along the way.
What you need is:
- A package of ramen noodles (I like to use the beef flavor, but really... I don't think it matters... just don't use the "seafood" ones... that would probably be gross).
- The "seasoning packet". Just... don't think about what is in there. You probably don't want to know.
- A plop of peanut butter. I use crunchy, but I'm sure the creamy stuff works too.
- Some frozen peas. (A wee can of peas&carrots works well too).
- A teeeeeny drop of sesame oil.
- A healthy squirt of honey.
- Chopped peanuts.
Start off with your ramen. I like to break mine up a bit because the noodles are like, a mile long.
Start boiling some water. I like to just add the frozen peas in the beginning so that they'll defrost and blanch. A healthy handful of them.
When everything comes to a nice boil, add the ramen and let it roll for just a few minutes. Like, 2 or 3.
Drain the little saucepan and transfer the noodles/peas to a nice medium-sized bowl. You want to leave a small amount of cooking liquid though, because that will blend with the peanut butter to make a nice silky, creamy sauce.
Now for the other ingredients. Peanut butter and the seasoning packet are what is essential, but I believe that each little addition really makes this extra addicting.
While everything is still hot, plop in a few spoonfuls of peanut butter. Add in the seasoning packet. Squirt in a few tablespoons of honey. Start with less honey, keep tasting... if you want it a little sweeter, add in some more until it's to your taste. Then add just a few drops of sesame oil. This stuff is POTENT. A little goes a long way, so don't start shaking this stuff on like it's tobasco sauce. Sesame oil is YUM, it's not totally necessary, but I highly recommend keeping some in the fridge. It really brings things up a notch or two.
Stir it all around... be gennnntle.
For a little extra ooomph, I like to add some chopped peanuts to remind me a bit of Pad Thai. I found these delightful honey-roasted peanuts at the Walgreens.
Sprinkle a few on a bowlful of yummy peanutty, creamy, rameny goodness. The whole lot will yield 2 or 3 servings, so you can save some for later. It's still great heated up, or hell... even cold.
YummmMMM. It's totally awesome.