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Open Sesame Noodles

open sesame noodles
“Open sesame of love”

Inspired by Kool & The Gang “Open Sesame” from Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
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When it comes to Kool & The Gang, I’m more of a “Jungle Boogie” or “Hollywood Swinging” sort of fan. The song inspiration for this recipe is a bit too novelty for my tastes. I mean, come on, “I am the Genie Of Funk, everybody get down!” REALLY!?! The lyrics are laughable to the point of parody but damn if it doesn’t have that solid Kool & The Gang funk bed. Despite being the title track for their eighth album, “Open Sesame” really didn’t see much success until its appearance on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

The 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever found me back in disco heaven listening to one of the best soundtracks in the history of putting a bunch of pop songs together for a soundtrack. Suddenly, Track 11 started playing and a light bulb went on in my menu planning head:

“Open Sesame Noodles”

Sure, the song is about the Ali Baba “Open Sesame” myth applied to disco dance floor love, but damn if it doesn’t make a catchy menu item name. Thus this dish which I have been making for years as Cold Sesame Noodle was reborn with a disco spin.

There’s not a lot to say about this recipe. Boil some pasta and make the sauce in a blender. Pour sauce on pasta and chill overnight. Top with a bit of Sambal Olek and scallion or don’t. This is seriously so simple and superior to anything you could ever get via delivery or take out. I tend to eat it cold, but my wife chooses to heat it up. Either way, it makes a great side or a light main meal.

Spaghetti, peanut sauce, Sambal Oelek, and scallions
Makes 6-8 servings

1 pound dried spaghetti noodles
2/3 cup water
⅓ cup smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
3 teaspoons Sambal Oelek
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled & roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, smashed

Prepare noodles according to the package. Drain when done.

Place all of the sauce ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Place the pasta in a large bowl. Pour the peanut sauce over the noodles and toss to coat thoroughly. It will be very runny and will look like you made way too much sauce. Not to worry. Once it has rested in the refrigerator, the sauce will set up nicely.

Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, even better overnight. Toss noodles again prior to serving. Top with a bit of extra Sambal Oelek and sliced scallion.

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