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Turn Classic Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwiches Into Children's Gourmet Delight

Updated on May 13, 2009

A Little History For Fun

Peanut butter and jelly has been a favorite sandwich for children and many adults for what would seem to be eternity. It is a classic and also a healthy food. In fact the first peanut butter was made to help substitute protein for people who had poor teeth and could not chew meat. Peanut butter was a good substitute.

Though it seems like an eternity

peanut butter was not introduced into mainstream society until 1904 at the St Louis, Louisiana Purchase Expedition, or what is now known as The World's Fair. Peter Pan was the first creamy peanut butter beginning in 1928 and Skippy came about in 1933. So that means peanut butter really is one of the original processed foods and not as old as we might assume.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

were not standard fair until after WWII. Soldiers returning from the war made this sandwich famous because they were eating both peanut butter and jelly as rations during their stint in the service. The sale of peanut butter and jelly began to soar as these servicemen returned to the U.S. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich became a kitchen staple from there. The fact is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are only about 65 years new.

classic peanut butter and jelly on white bread
classic peanut butter and jelly on white bread

Grilll That Classic For A Gourmet Delight

This is a pretty simple spin on the classic sandwich. I offer it up because it was a household favorite when the boys were little and we were on a very tight budget. It was something that came to me when I heard "we don't want peanut butter and jelly" "we want something GOOD for lunch" echoing in the typical whining tone of voices. Two hungry boys and a few of their friends playing in the yard could eat you out of house and home. That was when you finally got them to stop playing long enough to wet the dirt on their grubby little hands and settle down for lunch.

Here is my Gourmet Classic Peanut Butter and Jelly

Two slices of bread, butter each on one side.

Place one slice of bread in an iron skillet, buttered side down and add about two tablespoons of jelly. Spread the jelly out to the edges of the bread.

Now add about a few tablespoons of peanut butter to the other slice of bread on the side that is not buttered.Spread the peanut butter out to the edgws of the bread.

Put the peanut butter side down on top of the jellied bread in the skillet. This should leave the buttered side up to form your sandwich.

Heat the skillet on low and grill the sandwich until the bread is golden brown.

Flip the sandwich carefully and grill the other side the same as the first.

Use caution when turning the sandwich over as the inside will begin to heat and become slippery. The sandwich might easily slide apart.

Serve with caution as the ingredients will be very hot when both sides are grilled.

Be prepared to make a few because the grilling just brings out the flavor and goodness of this classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This is a gourmet delight, Kids love this new spin on an old classic.


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    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      Don't you just love homemade apple butter?

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love 100% natural peanut butter and I have lots of homemade apple butter and jelly, so I really need to try this.

    • Charlotte Anne profile image

      Charlotte Anne 8 years ago from Iowa, USA

      My older sister introduced me to grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when I was little. I loved them, but I haven't made one for years. I think I will go do that.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana


      I think it will be a big hit.

    • tdarby profile image

      tdarby 8 years ago

      Sounds delicious. I am going to give it a try. I have five kids and am always looking for a new spin on an old classic. Thanks for a great idea and a great hub.