Freshly ground peanuts, caramelized curry paste, and a long, slow simmer give this sauce deep, complex flavor. Serve it with Pork and Shrimp Summer Rolls for dipping, and toss any leftovers with noodles or use as a dip for grilled or roasted meats, shrimp, tofu, or raw vegetables.
Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the peanuts and cook, stirring, until a shade darker, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sugar and continue to cook, stirring, until melted and lightly caramelized, about 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk, broth, lime juice, hoisin, and fish sauce, whisking until smooth, and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to about 1-1/2 cups, about 45 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the basil, if using. Cool the sauce to room temperature.
Make Ahead Tips
You can make the sauce up to 1 day ahead and refrigerate it in an airtight container. Serve at room temperature.
nutrition information (per serving):
per 1 Tbs,, Calories
5, Fat Calories
45, Saturated Fat
1, Monounsaturated Fat
3, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips