Lindsey and I made this peanut butter recipe together when I went to visit her. To show you just how easy it is, I'm going to type up the short version (hopefully to inspire you). Then, to give you visual inspiration, I'll put a step-by-step version with pictures below. After that, I've even found a Thai peanut sauce recipe that you can make using your own homemade peanut butter! Look at you go!
So do you want the recipe for homemade peanut butter? Here it is:
Mix ground peanuts, canola oil, sugar, and salt in a blender, adding more and more of each ingredient, until you like it!
OK, now with pictures:
Here's the bag of ground peanuts that we used:
The brand is Carreteiro, and you can ask at the store for "amendoim torrado e moído," which technically means toasted and ground peanuts. Yay!
Start off with 1/3 of the bag of the peanuts. We did this with a food processor. Lindsey can attest that a regular ol' blender is much better.
Add the sugar and the salt that you want. We suggest throwing in about 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of salt, to start.
Then add in some canola oil. Start off with about 1/4 or 1/3 of a cup.
As you blend, add in more canola oil to get it moving. You may have to stop the blender and manually mix it a bit in the beginning.
Just keep on mixing and tasting, mixing and tasting, adding in more sugar, salt, peanuts, and oil. "Do that dance," as Jim would say, and watch the mixture turn from crunchy to smooth.
Store it in your fridge. Lindsey says it's good for about a week, but I'd probably try to get away with keeping it longer:
So now, with that amazing peanut butter, you can make some of your own Thai peanut sauce! Serve it with some chicken, rice, and snow peas, and you'll ALMOST feel like you're back in the US (or, ya know, in Thailand).
I got this recipe from a combination of peanut sauce recipes on allrecipes.com. There are quite a few variations, so if you're feeling inspired, you can click that link to check them out and come up with your own version. Some add honey; some add fish sauce (not gonna happen in Brazil), etc.
Here's the one that I thought was the most doable and with the most consistent ingredients (they are to taste, just like with the peanut butter):
1/2 cup peanut butter
brown sugar (some recipes called for white sugar, some, no sugar)
red pepper flakes or chili sauce or cayenne pepper
sesame seeds/green onions for topping
white rice vinegar
Blend everything except the water.
Hooray! I hope this made you as happy as it made me.