Daring Cooks go Nuts! Grilled Kabobs with Cashew Butter Sauce

by Jenn on July 13, 2010

in Dairy Free,Daring Kitchen,Diabetic Friendly,Dips and Sauces,Gluten Free

Kabobs & Cashew Butter

I should title this post, “the cursed food processors,” but then you wouldn’t get to know what I was making!  This month’s Daring Cook’s challenge was to make a nut butter and use it in a dish.  Well, nut butters mean one needs a food processor.  I thought this would be a great challenge to do at home in the US visiting my parents (if I’m visiting can I still call it home?), because I knew that they would enjoy the flavors I was thinking of for this month’s dish.

Well, I get there and find that my parents’ puppy had decided that the cord of the food processor looked appetizing, and bit the cord right off of the machine!  It’s quite hard to run a food processor if you have no way of plugging it into anything.  Ok, so no homemade nut butters this time.  Instead, I went to my nearest health store corporate giant and picked up some cashew butter.  Why cashews?  Well, everyone in my family loves them, and peanut butter is boring :)

This week I had thought about making my own cashew butter now that I am back en Suisse, but again with the cursed food processors!  There was a mighty wind event the other day, and silly us left our windows open in our apt. all day.  We’d gotten into the habit of this because it’s been so freaking hot lately – and trust me, you learn a totally different definition of hot when there is no A/C to be found, especially when your office faces the afternoon sun.  I melt into a sweaty sticky puddle on a regular basis.  It wasn’t until we left work that I thought things could be a problem.  After all, tree branches don’t normally float.  We got home to find so much stuff all over the floor of our apt., including the food processor!! The lid is cracked and in pieces.  gahhhhh!  Well, there goes making any nut butters this month.  At least the wind kept our stuff inside the apt., I half expected to find our life’s belongings strewn out all over the street below.

So jarred cashew butter it is for this month.  I’m ok with this, it was organic and quite tasty.  As long as your’e also ok with my store-bought nut butter, onto the challenge!

The July 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make their own nut butter from scratch, and use the nut butter in a recipe. Their sources include Better with Nut Butter by Cooking Light Magazine, Asian Noodles by Nina Simonds, and Food Network online.

The challenge part of this was actually in the creativity of using the nut butters.  Grinding nuts in a food processor is not a particularly difficult task (as long as you have a working food processor at your disposal), but coming up with a non-dessert dish using them can be.  I decided to do a play off of the spicy peanut dipping sauce I had made a few months ago to go with spring rolls, and made a variation using cashew butter instead.

My dad offered to grill the kabobs, on which we put onions, pineapple, bell peppers, and chicken.  We then topped the kabobs with sauce and garnished with some scallions.  I chose to add in cucumbers after having a very tasty peanut/cucumber sauce at a friend’s house last month. We were treated to a multi-course authentic Thai dinner, and that dipping sauce was easily one of my favorite parts of the meal.

I enjoyed mine with some rice on the side and a cold micro-brew American beer that my dad had picked out.  Since moving to Suisse I haven’t had much beer to drink, mainly wine (which is not a bad thing, especially some of the lovely Suisse rosés lately!) – so it was a nice treat to enjoy one with my parents.  I also really enjoyed wandering around their yard playing with my macro lens and photographing all of the gorgeous lilies they have blooming!

PAG_0577flower PAG_0566flower

Overall it great way to spend 4th of July weekend – relaxing, enjoying the summer sun, getting to see family and work in a Daring Cook’s challenge all at the same time!

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Ingredients (note this makes a LOT):
1 cup cashew butter
8 tbs. sesame oil
3/4 cup sweet chile sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. ginger
3 limes
1/2 cup soy sauce or gluten free tamari
1 cucumber, peeled then diced

Directions:
1. Whisk all ingredients but the cucumbers together until you get a uniform sauce.
2. Stir in diced cucumber pieces.
3. Top on grilled kabobs or whatever else suits your fancy.  Enjoy!

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{ 52 comments }

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats July 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I love cashew butter! I must try this with tamari at some point :) I hope you can replace your food processor soon! And yes, I remember summers in Switzerland without AC. So grateful for AC here in the U.S..

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 7:26 am

Thanks! We just bought a fan last weekend, that has been helping some… As for the food processor…I think I will try to call the company and see if they can’t sell me a replacement lid…

Rosa July 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Wow, that sounds and looks so good! I love the idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 7:27 am

Thanks!

Megan July 14, 2010 at 12:00 am

Looks amazing, I will have to get my hands on some cashew butter and give it a go! the cold weather here in Oz makes me crave summer foods like kabobs!

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 7:29 am

Thanks! Just about anything on a grill says summer to me, especially with the fruit – maybe you can send some cool weather up to us N. Hemisphere folks… :)

Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 14, 2010 at 12:27 am

Nice one and really, we all know you know how to use a food processor so don’t feel bad that you didn’t 😉 You even made the nut butter look appetising which I am having a hard time doing RIGHT NOW (yup, nothing like leaving the “challenge” to the last minute!!) Well done!

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 7:31 am

Haha, that’s so true – I probably put up a post every week that uses a food processor in some way :) The photo was actually really hard – I’m glad we made fairly colorful kabobs and a little garnish of cilantro helped to break up the “brownness” of the sauce… brown shapeless foods are tough to make look good!!

penny aka jeroxie July 14, 2010 at 2:57 am

Using tamari sauce is such a clever idea! will have to keep that in mind. 😉

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 7:33 am

We use tamari all the time instead of soy sauce if we are going to make something gluten free (I just used regular soy sauce with my parents though, since my husband wasn’t around). Yes the taste is slightly different, but I like it and when it’s combined in with other things like in a sauce I honestly can’t tell one from the other by taste alone.

Shelley July 14, 2010 at 4:54 am

What a great job! Those kabobs look delicious, and sounds fantastic! I had to borrow my sister’s food processor for this one, so I totally understand how challenging the equipment aspect can be sometimes… :) Really great job with the challenge.

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 7:34 am

Thanks! Well I don’t think anyone expected the puppy to go after the food processor….or wind to knock mine off a counter! Some crazy circumstances!

Margie July 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

Your kabobs are nearly as gorgeous as those lilies! And your cashew butter dipping sauce recipe looks great… I’m loving the idea of all that lime juice to balance the richness. Sorry about your food processor troubles.

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 7:35 am

Thank you so much! My parents have lilies everywhere, it’s so pretty!

Joe Ambrosino July 14, 2010 at 7:52 am

Kabobs look great. I make a nut butter with peanut butter, tamari and sweet chili sauce.

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 8:13 am

Thanks! Yeah a pb sauce similar to that is normally my go-to sauce, but the cashew butter worked really well!

jo July 14, 2010 at 8:40 am

Looks so delicious. I love the look of that sauce.

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 9:21 am

Thank you!

Magic of Spice July 14, 2010 at 8:51 am

Such beautiful flowers, and yes you call it going back home:) At least it was not plugged?- when the puppy chewed. The dish is a great add to this challenge…so good:)

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 9:31 am

Thank you! No it was put away on a shelf…I don’t know if my dad can rewire it or if they will need to buy a new one…

Audax Artifex July 14, 2010 at 9:41 am

Beautiful photos but the picture of the kabobs is wonderful, sorry to hear about the processors and the big wind storm. Great results on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Thanks Audax!!

Marisa July 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Looks awesome, even after all that food processor trouble. :-)

PS: Love your photos esp the flowers – you’re very talented!

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Thank you so much!!

Joy July 14, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Great recipe. I loved that you use cashew butter. I don’t see cashew butter used too much. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I LOVE cashews. As soon I can I will be making some from scratch!

Jenni July 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Sounds delicious! Great job with the challenge, even if you didn’t get to make your own nut butter. But you are right, how hard is that? Have fun picking out a new food processor, though! :)

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I think we will try to get a replacement part first….and if not then food processor shopping it is!

tariqata July 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Wow, that looks perfect – and the combination of grilled pineapple with that sauce sounds seriously delicious.

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Thanks! I love grilled pineapple in the summer!

blepharisma July 14, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Mmmm… dipping kebabs in cashew sauce sounds like a great idea!! I have some sauce left from my challenge, and now I know how to use it up!! Yum!

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm

awesome! enjoy!

branny July 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Wonderful pictures and a delicious recipe!

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Thanks Branny!!

Julie M. July 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

You got creative on this one! Your flower pictures are beautiful as well. Nick work on the challenge this month!

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Thank you!! It’s hard to take bad pictures with such pretty flowers to work with…

Donna July 14, 2010 at 8:47 pm

LOVE the kabob idea – sauce on kababs – so creative!

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Thanks! It was an easy summer grilled dinner!

Ruth H. July 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm

The kabobs look beautiful, but that sauce sounds divine! Sorry to hear about the cursed food processors, but I am glad you were able to find a way to make such a great looking dish!!

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Thank you!!

Adriana July 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Food processor or not this recipe sounds and looks amazing! Your photography is incredible too.

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Thanks so much for the lovely compliments!

Aubree Cherie July 15, 2010 at 1:34 am

Ooo, tasty! I’m intrigued by the ingredients, I bet the ginger makes it lovely :)

~Aubree Cherie

Jenn July 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

Thanks! The ginger was actually quite subtle in the sauce, but that’s how I like it :)

Pia (Taga_Luto) July 15, 2010 at 3:58 am

Sorry to hear about your food processor. I love your kebab recipe, i’ve bookmarked this. Your photos are beautiful. Oh, did you change your layout? I think you did.

Jenn July 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

Thank you!! Yeah I did a little bit, I just moved the sidebar to the right side (do you like it better there?) and added in a few quick buttons that match the header a bit more…

chef_d July 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Looks very tasty! Great pictures :)

Jenn July 22, 2010 at 7:24 am

Thank you!!!

Valérie July 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Egads, looks like the Food Processor Gods were against you on this one! But the kabobs look delicious. Great job! I hope you find a good replacement for your food processor.

Jenn July 22, 2010 at 7:25 am

As of today, we have a working food processor again! My husband surprised me with it :)

David and Stacy July 16, 2010 at 8:41 pm

We’ve just won a battle (not the war yet, but that’s a whole long story not for your blog…) to get a grill for our building. Brats were our obvious first menus with Burgers slated as next, but Kebabs with Cashew Butter have just moved up to 3rd place after you’ve gotten it in our heads and seeing your pic.

Well done!
Stay JOLLY!
D&S

ps. No puppies or kitchen windows so our food processor should remain happily processing…

Jenn July 22, 2010 at 7:25 am

Good luck with the grilling!!

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