“Living in the peanut capital of the world, I was surprised that there weren’t any other nationally-distributed, hand crafted, small batch peanut butter companies based in Georgia,” says Foster. This sentiment is reiterated by Southern Peanut Growers’ Leslie Wagner, “Given that 50% of the peanuts consumed in the U.S. are grown in Georgia, it is nice to finally see a Georgia-based company selling locally sourced peanut butters.”
To showcase the versatility of her peanut butters, Foster engaged Chef Ryan Smith of Southbound restaurant in Chamblee to craft sweet and savory dishes featuring her peanut creations. The chef met the challenge and offered chicken satay with peanut sauce; steamed spinach goma-ae with sesame sauce; grilled peanut butter and bacon sandwiches with tart jam; and, peanut butter brined pork belly with apple peanut compote to hungry taste-testers. The pièce de résistance, however, were Peanut Butter-Chocolate Truffles rolled in rich, dark cocoa powder. You can imagine, our glee when we learned that Chef Smith would share his recipe with eager samplers. Of course, we must share with you too – just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Truffles
1 cup heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 lb. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 lb. Georgia Grinders peanut butter
1/4 cup espresso
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a sauce pot, bring the cream, butter, sugar, and salt to a boil over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to low, and then add the chopped chocolate pieces, and peanut butter stirring over low heat to melt the chocolate. Stir in espresso and vanilla before pouring into a dish to cool. Allow to cool completely before forming 1” balls size and roll in powdered sugar or cocoa powder.
Georgia Grinders Peanut Butters, which are sold in 12 ounce glass jars, will be available starting this month in regional Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Central Market Stores as well as gourmet specialty shops. For more information about Georgia Grinders, please visit their website at www.georgiagrinders.com.