Happy National Peanut Butter Day! If you didn’t know, Jan 24th is National Peanut Butter Day – the most joyous holiday of the year. To make the most of this holiday, make sure you have peanut butter with every meal and for every snack. Here’s a great way to make it for dinner. I first made this dish a long time ago for the Sacramento food blogger potluck in 2008, hosted by Elise from Simply Recipes. The potluck was a lot of fun and it was great to meet other food aficionados. And while it’s generally not a good idea to make a brand new dish for a group of strangers, this one looked too good to pass up. The dish was such a success and I’ve made it several times since. The seasonings are perfect in these meatballs and the sweet/salty peanut sauce add the perfect touch. You can serve these up two different ways: with toothpicks for dipping or served over rice with peanut sauce poured on top.



Peanut Dipping Sauce:


1. Combine all meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Shape into 1″ meatballs. For oven: Bake in a nonstick baking dish at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring them half way through. For microwave: Cook on high for 4 minutes, stir, and cook on high for an additional 4 minutes. Makes about 30 meatballs.

2. Whisk together all the sauce ingredients except for the milk. Once mixed together well, whisk in the milk. Microwave or heat in a saucepan until warm.

3. Stick toothpicks in the meatballs use the dip as an appetizer or serve the meatballs over rice and cover with peanut sauce.

Additional Info:

Every time I make this I modify the sauce. Being the peanut butter addict that I am, I’m constantly on the quest for the ultimate peanut sauce and am never satisfied, but this is one of the best so far. Do you have the ultimate peanut sauce recipe?

* Recipe image courtesy of Chucrute com Salsicha (I forgot my camera the day of the potluck).

Filed in Appetizer, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Course, Peanut Butter

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  1. runningwithfood says:

    These look A-MAZ-ING! Now I just need to plan a party so I can make them! :)

  2. Meg says:

    This looks amazing! Yet another yummy recipe to add to my list to make!

  3. anudivya says:

    Those look cute, but don’t cook/eat meat so :(

  4. anudivya says:

    Nick, thanks for the useful info. I quoted you and put you up on the updates section in the actual post so people can read it.

  5. Dawn says:

    Ohhh this is right up my flavor-food-alley. I am not waiting for a party to make these. I’m making these for me and my own party. LOL! Love this!!

  6. Sangeeth says:

    you have a great collection of peanut butter (which i love) recipes…good that i stumbled ur blog!

  7. Zesty Cook says:

    Nick, these look amazing. Nice work. I would love them in a pasta sauce as ewll.

    Thanks Great post… Gave you a stumble!

  8. Rock says:

    These meatballs aren’t really my thing (they still look amazing, though), but you really got me excited with the pumpkin. I’ll probably be checking hourly now!

  9. VeggieGirl says:

    PEANUT SAUCE!!!! Divine :0)

  10. ChocolateCoveredVegan says:

    I’ve been looking for a good peanut sauce… the bottled ones always leave me wanting more.

  11. chou says:

    Nick, these must be the perfect party food. I heard rumor today, as I was traipsing around Chinatown, that peanuts are in season now. It made me think of you.

  12. Nick says:

    Runningwithfood, Haha, you can make it a party for one and make a meal out of it =)

    Meg, Go for it!

    Anudivya, Well the peanut sauce is vegan, I’m sure you could use that for something delicious!

    Dawn, Yes! Just like I was saying above, a party for one!

    Sangeeth, Thanks! Welcome to the realm of peanut butter!

    Zesty, Thanks, I’ve been meaning to give them a try in pasta sauce but have yet to do so. These have the perfect consistency: savoy, crispy and tender. Once dipped in the sweet/salty peanut sauce they are divine!

    Rock, Haha, I promise at least 2 pumpkin recipes coming up…both of them Vegan and Gluten-Free. It’s just a matter of finding the time to post them…but soon!

    VeggieGirl, Absolutely!

    ChocolateCoveredVegan, I’m not a fan of the bottled ones either, but I did find an incredible one in a packet called A Taste of Thai. I make it with vanilla soymilk and it is out of this world. My goal is to make a peanut sauce that is superior.

    Chou, Rumor around Chinatown? Hmm…I wasn’t informed of this rumor. I’ll need to go pick up a bag to call my own!

  13. Heather says:

    mmm yum! i love meatballs, and peanut sauce! this looks like a perfect appetizer :) and yay for upcoming pumpkin recipes!

  14. mom says:

    Wow, Nick these really look amazing! I’ll bet these were a huge hit.

  15. Elise says:

    Hi Nick,
    Oh, I remember those meatballs. They were delicious! Really really good. So glad you posted the recipe.

  16. Fitnessista says:

    what a great party appetizer!!!
    my favorite peanut sauce is similar to the one you made, without chili powder and adding garlic and a tbs of curry paste.
    you could cover a shoe in peanut sauce and i would eat it :D
    happy friday, nick!

  17. Lori says:

    Found your blog this week from one of Veggie Girl’s posts. These look so great. Perfect for a meal or an appetizer. I really like the idea of having them over rice with the sauce. Thanks!

  18. Erin of Care to Eat says:

    Those look beautiful. I love the colored toothpicks.
    And I love me some pork!
    I think I have a great peanut sauce recipe, but then again, I’ve not tried yours…

  19. Sagan says:

    Those look yummy. For some reason I rarely have meatballs… definitely need to make some! Those seasonings sound great.

    But (and pleasepleaseplease don’t hate me:)), much as I love PB, I’ve never been big on the peanut sauces for things like meatballs.

    I am excited for the pumpkin recipes!

  20. ttfn300 says:

    i bet that pb&co fire is on pb would be good in that sauce ;-) (i know i know next time i'll make my own flavors!) bring on the pumpkin!!!

  21. Aartee says:

    it looks yummy! vl make it sometime.

  22. Nick says:

    Heather, Yum indeed.

    Mom, They were, I’ll have to make them for you sometime.

    Elise, I’m so glad you and everyone else seemed to enjoy them so much, I lucked out =). I feel bad it took so long to post them though, I was too concentrated on perfecting the dipping sauce.

    Fitnessista, Haha, I agree, peanut sauce is the best thing since sliced bread, and it’s even great on sliced bread.

    Lori, Enjoy, they truly were delicious. I wonder how it would be shaped into a meatloaf?

    Erin, I’ve recently got into the ground pork (which is essentially ground pork tenderloin). It’s really lean and super juicy and delicious. You must share your recipe! Or do some kind of comparison… I must have the ultimate!

    Sagan, Wow not a peanut sauce fan?? Maybe you just haven’t had the good ones? It can be pretty bad if it’s too creamy or globular or something.

    ttfn300, You’re right, that would be delicious. I made that peanut butter flavor once but I rarely used it so I haven’t made it since. It’s real simple to make, I should share the recipe.

    Aartee, It was yummy, I assume you meant “I’ll” not “vl” =). Let me know if you do!

  23. mikky says:

    the sauce sounds very interesting… thanks for sharing… :)

  24. Psychgrad says:

    Interesting – I like the flavour combination. I am really an average consumer of peanut butter, so I have no advice on the ultimate peanut sauce.

    I want to have a food blogger potluck! Sounds like fun.

  25. This looks delicious. I’m wondering how they’d be with turkey instead of pork? Or possibly beef?

  26. Kevin says:

    Those look good! I really like using peanut butter in savoury sauces like this!

  27. Hi,

    I wound up making this, but I needed to make a couple of changes to accomodate allergies. Would you mind terribly if I blogged about it? I’ll point people to you for the recipe, just tell them what I did differently.


    Fearless Kitchen

  28. Nick says:

    Mikky, Sure thing!

    Pyschgrad, Food blogger potlucks are a genious idea, see if you can find bloggers around your location!

    Fearless Kitchen (Jessica), No problem at all! I’d love to see your take on it, what did you end up using? Beef, turkey or pork? Sorry I didn’t get back to you on that. I think beef or turkey would work just as well. But if you were to use the lean ground turkey breast then I would have suggested to add some extra liquid to ensure that it doesn’t dry up. Let me know when you’ve posted your version!

  29. Thanks! The post will probably show up later this week. I wound up using ground turkey patties that ceased to be patties, they were a mix of light and dark meat that worked pretty well. They didn’t turn out to be too dry, and they had a good flavor that wasn’t too far off.

  30. Carolina says:

    What a great gathering! I can only imagine the spread laid out that day. The meatball recipe looks great. Seriously.

  31. Dale says:


    • Nick says:

      Dale, I feel your pain! “Chili powder” will always refer to a concoction that is a mixture of spices/seasonings (and often used in BBQ). And depending on the brand you buy, all “chili powder” will be slightly different.

      Pure ground chili peppers is called “ground red pepper” or “cayenne pepper” since it’s usually made from dried and ground cayenne peppers. Hope that helps!

  32. jo says:

    What can i use to substitute the Soy Sauce?

  33. Nick says:

    Hmm, well you could use Tamari sauce or trying making a soy sauce substitute (here: http://www.food.com/recipe/soy-sauce-substitute-216380 )

    But the easiest option would probably be to try one of my other peanut sauce recipes (no soy sauce needed!). Here’s the easiest one: http://www.peanutbutterboy.com/fast-peanut-sauce/

  34. Nancy says:

    Hey, can you sub peanut flour for the oat flour in the meatballs?

    • Nick says:

      Hmm…I don’t see why not. The only thing you may need to add is 1-2 Tbsp of water if the mixture feels a little too sticky/dry. Otherwise it should work perfectly!

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