How to Make an Interesting Peanut Butter Sandwich


This hub idea came to me in my sleep, along with 3 or 4 other dream inspired topics, that in my dream, I scrawled into a list. I'm certain the other ideas were much more interesting, but alas, in my morning consciousness, this it the only one I remember.

I've thought about how to use this idea for a hub that won't waste your reading time. I remember this prompt as a writing exercise at some point in my life. I believe the actual assignment was to write instructions for an alien to prepare a peanut butter sandwich, assuming said alien was neither familiar with peanut butter nor bread, not to mention sandwiches and kitchen utensils. I can't remember what class provided this interesting exercise and certainly have no idea where my resulting essay is now. But I thought it was an interesting aside to add to an otherwise rather dull subject.

Unless of course, you add some sliced bananas to your peanut butter sandwich and fry it, Elvis-style. Now that's some interesting yum.

After just a few minutes of searching Google-style for "how to make a peanut butter sandwich", I didn't find anything very interesting. I added the word "alien" and discovered that others are asking for the answer on Yahoo to a similar alien writing assignment, only they get to assume the alien understands the language and knows what peanut butter is. Maybe I'm not remembering the correct details. One responder claims to have had the assignment in second grade. No wonder I can't find my copy. So far though, this peanut butter sandwich topic is not inspiring me.

All day long, well, on and off between working, I've been trying to find something clever to say about peanut butter sandwiches. I'm failing. I've written close to 300 words and so far I'd be embarrassed to publish them anywhere. I don't like to write things that people don't like to read.

The Instructions for Making a Peanut Butter Sandwich

To stay true to the title, and the keywords, I should cover the mechanics. Start with 2 slices of your favorite bread. You can place your slices on a plate if you prefer, but I make do with a paper towel. Dip a regular table knife into the open container of peanut butter and get yourself a nice scoop-maybe a tablespoon or so. Spread it over one slice of bread to your preferred thickness. Scoop again if you need to. Options at this point include coating the other slice of bread with regular butter, mayo, or jelly. If you are adding banana slices, it's better to plop those right on top of the peanut butter so they won't slide off when you put the sandwich together. Of course a peanut butter sandwich can stand alone, in which case just slap the other slice of bread on top of the slice with the peanut butter and enjoy.

For the record, Elvis liked his peanut butter and bannana sandwich fried in bacon grease. I would prefer butter.

My grandfather put butter on his peanut butter sandwiches to help prevent the stick-to-the-top-of-your-mouth effect. I remember someone in my childhood using mayo for the same reason. Yuck! That's probably what turned me off of mayo in my childhood. Luckily I overcame that problem and now could not live without Duke's mayo on my tomato sandwiches.

Hmmm. Tomato sandwiches. Now there's an interesting hub! Home grown, ruby red, juicy, ripe tomatoes, sliced thick, loaded with salt and pepper on white bread. Perfect. Add a little lettuce and bacon if you must, but with a really good fresh-from-the-garden tomato, lettuce and bacon are completely unnecessary.

Oops. Off topic. I've tried. I really have. I've asked around today, for other people's interesting peanut butter sandwich opinions. My stepson said his favorite peanut butter sandwich included caramel, pancake syrup (pancake syrup is good on everything, he noted), marshmellows, and mustard. He said it was good. He's eleven. Any other ideas? Please share in the comment section.

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DonnaCSmith 8 years ago from Central North Carolina

Okay, you might not know this about your Mama, but I like that canned chocolate cake frosting with my peanut butter sandwich - sorta tastes like a Reeses Cup!

Did you hear about the school that has outlawed all peanut products, even those brought in bag lunches, because one student at the school is allergic. I guess you girls would have starved if you couldn't take P&J sandwiches to school.

And the dream?

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J D Murrah 8 years ago from Refugee from Shoreacres, Texas


I never knew a peanut butter sandwich could be turned into something so interesting. I always thought they were kind of bland.

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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina Author

Mama, I don't remember taking peanut butter sandwiches to school for lunch, but I'll take you word for it :-)

JD, thanks for the comment. I'm still not sure it's all that interesting, but I was determined to write this since it was the only topic I could come up with yesterday morning!

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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

i was so inspired i made myself a peanut butter and banana sadwich on whole wheat toast with some homemade plum jam I canned yesterday.

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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina Author

Rochelle, that sounds soooooo yummy! You're making me hungry :-)

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JamaGenee 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

I'm strictly a PB & strawberry jam girl, but someone at work mentioned PB & marshmallow sandwiches the other day, and it sounded so good I'll have to try one.

As for the school that banned PB&J sandwiches (along with other peanut products), don't staff at our schools do enough "policing" already without having to check lunch sacks too? The one student who's allergic to peanuts would surely know which food items contain peanuts and avoid them. The school isn't doing him/her any favors by removing peanut products from the entire building, thereby depriving non-allergic students of a tasty (and cheap) lunch. Sounds more like they're worried about being sued if the kid gives into temptation and eats something with peanuts. So much for him/her learning self-control and the consequences of one's actions!

Karla McD 8 years ago

Thankgoodness PB sandwiches are allowed at my kid's school...yeah if they weren't my kids would most definitely starve too! I have to make three sandwiches...two are your basic PB&J (I cut the one for my 3rd grader in half and don't dare mess with my seventh grader's) and the other one is only one slice folded in half with PB and Nutella. I personally like mine on toast (no top) with a little honey mixed in and some wheat germ sprinkled on top and maybe sometimes a few slices of bananas.

Dineane...Duke's mayonaise? Yuck..Hellman's ONLY! By the way...a banana and Hellman's sandwich is yummy. :)

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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

It's peanut butter and fluff all the way for me. Although peanut butter with banana fried in bacon fat, now ya talking!!!!!!!

Samantha Bottom 7 years ago

As a person with a life threatening peanut allergy, I couldn't overlook the comments about peanut butter and schools. Schools ban peanut butter because individuals with serious allergies do not have to eat peanut butter to have an allergic reaction. Anaphylactic shock can be triggered by skin contact, as well as peanut particles in the air. I can't even fly on certain airlines because I went into anaphylactic just by sitting next to someone with a bag of peanuts...So it's not "policing" for the sake of policing. It is a very serious issue, and if your child could die from skin contact with a peanut, I am sure you would feel the same way as I do. By the way, I was on this site looking for interesting "sunbutter" sandwich ideas (like peanut butter but with sunflower seeds). I now have some interesting ideas, so thanks!

Chelsea 6 years ago

Peanut butter and honey!!!

GiorgosGRK 6 years ago

get potato bread and put chunky peanut butter and pretzels on it. it is the greatest taste and texture if you like crisp

Carl 3 years ago

My mother was making PB and Banana sandwiches long before Elvis discovered them, but hers weren't fried. Elvis might have done better with hers. Then she moved to PB and Avocado (slices). Neither appealed to me, although now--40+ years later--I do occasionally have PB and Banana fried in butter (PB on both sides to hold the bananas in).

PB&J (grape) is still my favorite, although I didn't discover it until I was in college. Thick, crunchy PB on one side; jelly on the other.

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