Grilled PB&J's will Blow You Away

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Grilled PB&J's will Blow You Away

Your family will go crazy over these new PB&J's

These will blow you away. They're grilled PB&J's. It's a simple concept but, my, what a difference.

First, it's grilled. See it's all gooey and melty. It's warm. It's crunchy.

But what's the real killer is the crunchy coating. That's a cinnamon sugar coating melted into the sandwich on both sides.

Now you're talking. You're going to go crazy over this. And it's not hard. We’ll tell you how.

How to Make Grilled PB&J’s

These were made with sourdough bread. You don't have to use sourdough. It's nice to have a sturdier bread when you're spreading peanut butter, jam, and cinnamon sugar butter. But whatever.

First, the cinnamon sugar butter. That’s the magic elixir that makes the crunchy cinnamon sugar-coating top and bottom. Here’s how:

  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick), softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon good quality cinnamon

Mix the cinnamon and sugar together. Whip the butter to soften it, if necessary. Add the cinnamon sugar mixture. Whip again until blended and soft enough to easily spread.

If you ever get tired of cinnamon sugar—you probably won’t—change it up with maple cinnamon sugar.

Baker’s notes: This is really quick and easy to make. The trick is to get the butter soft so that you can easily spread it on the bread. We first made it with one tablespoon, not one teaspoon, of cinnamon. We liked the flavor but that the lighter color with less cinnamon turned a rich golden color and was more attractive.

The Simple Sandwich: You’re going to make this just like a grilled cheese sandwich except you’re spreading the cinnamon sugar butter on the outside instead of butter alone. The sugar melts on the griddle creating the sweet crust. The peanut butter melts on the griddle and drools down the side—very cool.

  1. Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread and jam on another. Put the two slices together with the jam on the bottom.
  2. Spread cinnamon sugar butter on both sides. Repeat for additional sandwiches.
  3. Place sandwiches on a preheated griddle or skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes on one side, until golden brown, and then turn it and cook the other side. The peanut butter sandwich should be melty and gooey.

Baker’s notes: If you’re using soft, fluffy bread that is easy to maul and mangle, do yourself a favor and make the peanut butter, and maybe the jam, easier to spread. Just stick them in the microwave for few seconds. Warm peanut butter is easier to get melty on the griddle.

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More Fun Things to Do with a PB&J

Several weeks ago, we experimented with various crunchy sandwiches made with chips—including peanut butter sandwiches. We served them at lunch to employees. The peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with chips stuck between the slices were very popular.

You can use corn chips, potato chips, flavored potato chips, or shoestring potato chips.

Other ideas:

  • Make your sandwich into French toast. Soak it in your egg wash. Turn the heat down so that it has time to soak through the thickness of the sandwich. Serve it hot, drizzle with your favorite syrup.
  • Add a layer of thick caramel ice cream topping between the peanut butter and jam. (Now it’s almost like a candy bar. You could add a layer of thick chocolate and/or marshmallow cream—and make it really gooey.)
  • Mix warm honey into your peanut butter.
  • Add sliced bananas.
  • Add a layer of toasted coconut.
  • Add a layer of chopped salted snack peanuts

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