How To Make A Peanut Butter Sandwich and the Secret to Avoiding Jelly Soaked Bread
How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
There is a little secret to making a great peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a brown bag lunch, and the key is in the construction of the sandwich. When building a house or preparing a meal, a good plan with quality materials will yield the best results.
This is also the case when making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, especially when preparing them ahead of time and leaving them overnight in the fridge. When jelly is spread on a piece of bread and then left on it's own, it soaks into the bread. The result: a mushy sandwich. Whether you use smooth peanut butter (the kid's favorite) or super chunky (my personal choice), adding one simple step in the sandwich construction process makes the difference between a tasty PB & J sandwich or jelly soaked bread.
And for a change of pace, I often add a few surprise ingredients to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Maybe that's why kids always ask me to make the peanut butter sandwiches for their school lunch (sorry, Mom!)
We Cannot Live On Bread Alone! We Must Have Peanut Butter!!
The Secret to Avoiding Jelly Soaked Bread
Every good sandwich starts with the bread. There is a lot to be said for the high bran and wheat breads, and these make good cold cut sandwiches. But for a great peanut butter sandwich, good old plain white bread is still gets our vote. Around our house, we like a soft Country White the best.
Start by spreading a thin layer of peanut butter evenly on to one of the slices. Now here is the secret: Spread another thin layer of peanut butter on to the second slice of bread. The two layers of peanut butter act as moisture barriers, preventing the soft bread from over-absorbing the jelly.
Now, add a thin layer of your favorite jelly. Without the Peanut Butter Barrier on both slices, the bread soaks up too much of the jelly and turns the sandwich to mush.
The basic peanut butter sandwich makes a good foundation, and adding a few surprise ingredients can take the ubiquitous PB&J to new levels. Marshmallow Fluff is a sweet and sticky addition, but if the extra sugar is a concern, try substituting a bit of honey or a drop of real maple syrup. A few slices of banana will increase both the vitamin and the flavor content. For a treat, add a few bittersweet chocolate chips; it only takes a few chips to transform the flavor into something the kids will really notice. Instead of chips or pretzels on the side, add them into the sandwich for a bit of crunch. Better yet, a thin layer of breakfast cereal still enhances the crunch factor while adding a few vitamins and minerals instead of the salty chips.
Or for brown bagging a PB&J lunch to the office for your lunch, try adding a few strips of crispy bacon or a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes.
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The Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
The Favorite Sandwich of the King
The King loved this simple sandwich recipe, and he may have also liked a variation that included pieces of crispy bacon. According to rumors, the Graceland kitchen was always stocked with creamy peanut butter and bananas, just in case Elvis wanted a sandwich.
- Creamy peanut butter
- 1 - Ripe banana
- 2 - Slices of plain
- white sandwich bread
- 1 - tablespoon of butter
- Lightly toast the slices of white bread, then spread a thin coating of creamy peanut butter on to one side of the bread slices.
- In a small bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Spread the mashed banana on one slice of peanut buttered bread, and cover with the other slice. Press the bread slices together.
- In a small pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Grill the sandwich until golden brown, and flip and grill the other side.
- Remove from the pan, and slice the peanut butter & banana sandwich on the bias. Enjoy!
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Peanut Butter Sandwich Ideas
Peanut Butter Sandwich Ideas: The Ultimate Peanut Butter Sandwich List
- Peanut Butter and Jelly (includes all flavors of jellies and jams such as grape, strawberry, mint, etc.)
- Peanut Butter and Banana (The King's favorite sandwich)
- Peanut Butter, Jelly and Bacon
- Peanut Butter, Honey and Bacon
- Peanut Butter and Apple Slices
- Peanut Butter and Pineapple Slices
- Peanut Butter, Honey and Granola Cereal
- Peanut Butter, Jelly and Chocolate Chips
- Peanut Butter, Jelly and Red Hot Candies
- Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Fluff
- Peanut Butter, Jelly and Marshmallow Fluff
- Peanut Butter, Marshmallow Fluff and Chocolate Syrup
- Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips and Marshmallow Fluff ---> Grilled
- Peanut Butter and Cheddar Cheese ---> Grilled
- Peanut Butter, Jelly and Jalapeno Pepper
- Peanut Butter, Jelly and Red Pepper Flakes
- Peanut Butter and Pickles
- Peanut Butter, Jelly and Raisins (add any dried fruit such as cherries, apricots, dates and cranberries)
- Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise (Add some Onion. Maybe add a slice of Tomato)
- Peanut Butter and Lettuce
- Peanut Butter and Cucumber Slices
- Peanut Butter and Coleslaw
- Peanut Butter and Apple Butter
- Peanut Butter and Sliced Grapes
- Peanut Butter and Sliced Strawberries
- Peanut Butter, Jelly and Shredded Coconut
- Peanut Butter, Jelly and Nutella (This is best with Chunky Peanut Butter)
- Peanut Butter and Potato Chips (or Pretzels)
- Peanut Butter and Rice Crispy Cereal (Add a little Honey - Yum!)
- Peanut Butter and Bologna
- Peanut Butter and Mustard
- Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese (then add a few Chocolate Chips)
For a Toasty Twist, Grill Your Favorite Peanut Butter Sandwich