Only those who have patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. ~ James J. Corbett
When I was a kid, sometimes I’d make 2 or 3 PB&Js at a time. My parents would get a huge jar of peanut butter as a government handout for the poor and middle class. Let me tell you, I sure appreciated all that good, creamy peanut butter. My siblings and I would make the best PB&Js with the jam variations my dad would find on sale at the local Aldi. Back then I didn’t know anything about bargain shopping, the price of milk or government cheese. All I knew was my favorite was strawberry jam YOWZA! It was a match made in pure foodie heaven!!
But what kid doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? Well…perhaps those with nut allergies. To those I offer my most sincerest, heart-felt, and deepest of sympathies for this recipe. Because to miss out on a fried pb&j sandwich is truly missing one of life’s simplest pleasures.
I have made this about 40 ways to Sunday. I’ve used all kinds of jellies and jams and even peanut butter variations like cashew butter, Nutella and a dark chocolate peanut butter I found on clearance at Aldi recently. I can never say any one combination is better than the rest – they’re
Somehow my children have convinced me that only the fried PB&Js that I make taste great. Funny thing is…none of them have ever tried to make it themselves – not even the teenager! Even little Noah has come to know the smell of a fried PB&J sandwich on a lazy Saturday at home during lunch time. Let me tell ya, if I don’t put 2 of these on his plate and STAT, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth! Haaaaa! 😀
This is one of those recipes that’s super simple…just like making a grilled cheese…but if you go too fast, you can easily jack it up! You don’t EVER want a jacked up PB&J. It’s almost a sin, isn’t it?
So take your time with this recipe, don’t rush the spreading or the frying…just relax and let it flow…:)
- Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
- Peanut Butter (or any other nut butter)
- Jam (or jelly - any flavor)
- Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread gently making sure to cover corners. Coat evenly and to desired thickness.
- If jam has been refrigerated, whip or stir it right in the jar to soften it a bit (this makes it spread better).
- Spread jam on the other slice of bread gently making sure to cover corners. Coat evenly and to desired thickness. (I prefer a 2:1 peanut butter/jam ratio.)
- Combine both slices of bread and set aside.
- Heat griddle on medium.
- Butter griddle until well covered.
- Add sandwich to griddle and fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Prepare more sandwiches for frying at this stage - you will NOT eat just one :-)!
- Flip sandwich and fry the other side until golden brown, about another 2 minutes.
- Transfer fried sandwich to a plate and let cool 1 minute.
- Slice if desired and serve warm.