A unique Vermont-made nut butter, perfect for spicy sesame noodles
On last weekend’s trip to our favorite Vermont country store, I was drawn to the nut butter section. Yep, the nut butter section. Oodles of creamy concoctions made with not just peanuts, but also cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, and beyond. Most of them made in Vermont, most of them made for sweet pairings. But one screamed savory, and piqued my interest: a jar of Maple & Chipotle Triple Nut Butter, made by The Nutty Vermonter. No suggested uses on the jar, but a company website promised recipes. So I added it to my only-in-Vermont haul–along with maple basil roasted almonds and Mad River Mojo peanut butter–and made this tasty, super simple sesame noodle dish. With enough leftover nut butter to perhaps try one of the other website recipes…Chocolate Chipotle Hard Shell Ice Cream Topping. Much love, nutty Northeast Kingdom neighbors!
Maple & Chipotle Sesame Noodles
- 16 oz. whole wheat spaghetti
- 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup Maple & Chipotle Triple Nut Butter
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon red chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 6 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- 2 scallions, sliced thin
- Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
In a blender, add the ginger, garlic, sugar, Triple Nut Butter, tahini, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, sesame oil, and water. Process until the mixture is well combined. Put the blender jar into the refrigerator and let it chill for about 30 minutes.
Cook the pasta in large pot of boiling salted water over medium heat until barely tender and still firm. Strain and rinse with cold water until cool. Drain the noodles well and transfer to a wide bowl. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss until well coated. Serve garnished with the scallions, sesame seeds, and cilantro.
Be sure to toast the sesame seeds! Easily done in a dry sauce pan over low heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant and lightly browned…brings out great flavor!