Sometimes, what we eat doesn’t really need a recipe, but grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches seem to go against every cooking gain I have so it needs a recipe.
One of the first times I served tomato soup to Andy he asked me to make him a grilled peanut butter.
Me: “Huh? A what?”
Him: “A grilled peanut butter.”
Me: “Never heard of it.”
Him: “Really?!?! It’s like a grilled cheese but with peanut butter instead of cheese. My mom used to make them all the time. Didn’t yours?”
Me: “Um, no…….”
I made him one. To this day if we are having tomato soup or chili I will ask him if he wants grilled cheese or grilled peanut butter. He is almost at a 50/50 split these days.
One night we both wanted something warm and sweet for a snack but I didn’t feel up to breaking out all of the goods, utensils, and kitchen machinery to make any home baked desserts.
Him: “Do we have stuff for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?”
Me; “Yes.” (My inner voice wants to scream “You know we do!”)
Him: “What do you think a grilled peanut butter and jelly would taste like?”
Me: “Probably just like a grilled peanut butter with jelly.”
Him: “OK. I want to try one.”
Inner Voice: “Should have just gotten up and made the peanut butter and jelly for him before he had time to contemplate.”
Against my better judgment, (I’m at an age in my life where I pick and choose my battles) I got up and made him one. He loved it.
As much as I hate to admit it, it looked pretty good with the melty peanut butter and liquefied jelly oozing on the plate and it sounded good when he crunched into it. I had been quick to judge, it was full of deliciousness. Everyone needs to try this combination at least once in their life.
Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Butter one side of each slice of bread. Lay bread butter side down on a paper towel. Cover the unbuttered side of one slice of bread with peanut butter, the other with the strawberry spread.
Make a sandwich out of the bread with the peanut butter and spread side touching. Buttered sides on the outside.
Place the sandwich into the preheated skillet. Brown the first side like you would a grilled cheese sandwich.
Carefully flip the sandwich and brown the other side.
Serve with plenty of napkins.