Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe

Two peanut butter & jelly sandwiches

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: One sandwich (1 serving)

Could you ever imagine a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as decadent? Try this gourmet PB&J, and you'll reassess everything you've previously understood about this classic.

While we don't want to mess with the perfection that is the standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich, sometimes you may want to try a new twist on an old favorite, all while paying homage to the traditional flavors that entranced most of us as children.

By using an artisan bread and heating it in butter, a crispy, golden crust develops on the bread similar to the way it would on a grilled cheese. Plus the heat melts the peanut butter and jelly into a gooey, rich confection. Try rye, whole grain, or sourdough bread for added dimension in flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bread ( rye, whole grain, or sourdough)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1 tablespoon jelly (or jam, your choice of flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or margarine, softened)

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare peanut butter sandwich using your favorite jelly or jam. Make sure it isn't too runny because you will be heating this sandwich and don't want all the jam to leak out.

  2. Heat a frying pan and melt the butter in the pan. Tilt pan to spread it around, so the butter covers the pan evenly. This is key to get a perfectly crispy crust on your bread.

  3. Butter one side of the sandwich. Place buttered side down in the pan. If possible, place a steak weight or bacon press on the sandwich, so it cooks evenly. When one side is golden brown, butter the other side. Turn sandwich over and place the weight back on the sandwich. The second side will cook faster because the sandwich is already heated.

  4. Remove sandwich from pan, cut diagonally and serve immediately.

Looking for other ways to perk up your beloved PB&J? Here are some other ways to enjoy this common childhood favorite:

  • Try spreading it on French toast that's fresh off the griddle.

  • For a fun twist, try a sandwich with waffles instead of bread. Just slather some peanut butter and jelly onto waffles. You will not necessarily need syrup in this case, but you can, of course, add it if you'd like.

  • Instead of bulky bread, try putting the peanut butter and jelly on a healthy wrap. It may be slimmer in volume, but the taste will shine.