Here’s the set up, you get home after a long day and you’re starving. You don’t feel like waiting for delivery to get to your place (it’ll be an hour at least) and you don’t have anything that you can throw in the microwave for a few minutes. You also might be in college or just starting out, so pasta and ramen packets are all that you own. What are you to do?
Make spicy peanut noodles of course.
Now, what to pair with this with? The former college student in me says to pair it with a cheap beer and Netflix, but I’m older now and like to enjoy what I drink. How about an IPA with a twist of tangerine?
This week’s beer is the New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA. The bottle tells me that it’s “citra hops and tangerine elevate each sip onto a plane of juicy, tropical pleasure” and that it will “expand your pallet with a citradelic experience.” How did it measure up?
The Style: IPA
Taste and Body: Light on both citrus and hops. I found it refreshing and not overly powerful. There wasn’t any after taste. It’s a good spring or summer drink.
Color: Light Amber
Aroma: A mix of hops and candy tangerines.
Level of Recommendation: Nice on a hot day, especially if you’ve been really busy
I know I found the original recipe for this in a Rachael Ray cookbook (I think it was my sister’s), but, like everything that’s I’ve made for multiple years, this dish has evolved into something that is uniquely me.
What you’ll need:
- Your favorite noddles (I usually use whole wheat spaghetti or udon noodles, but you can use ramen packets)
- Peanut butter
- Canola oil
- Sesame oil
- Low sodium soy sauce
- Cayenne pepper
- Frozen peas and/or corn
Prepare noodles according to the instructions. I don’t usually use all of the noodles, maybe a third of what’s in a packet. While they are cooking, in a large bowl whisk together a large scoop of peanut butter, a teaspoon of sesame oil, about a half a cup of soy sauce, about a fourth a cup of canola oil (you can substitute olive oil as well), and a few shakes of cayenne pepper to taste.
Once noodles are cooked, drain in the sink. Cool off noodles by running them under cold water. Once they are cold add them with the peanut sauce and mix until they are well coated. If you are using frozen peas and/or corn defrost them in the microwave and chop up some carrots. Toss in lettuce, carrots, peas, and corn in with the noodles.
The peanut noodles bring out the hops and tangerine flavors. A mild spicy flavor works better than a lot of spice. This is a quick meal that you can whip up with minimum ingredients. The beer adds to the laid back attitude of the meal.
Level of Recommendation: A chill kind of pairing to help unwind.