Peanut Butter and Jelly

Delving deep into the nostalgic world of sandwiches, this chapter pays homage to the beloved Peanut Butter and Jelly, exploring its humble beginnings and artisanal variations.
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a cutting board

Peanut Butter and Jelly is a favorite in most kitchens in the United States. It combines salty with sweet, its textures are creamy and juicy, and it’s heavenly toasted or at room temperature. For many young children, this is the first sandwich or even the first meal they will prepare, and it holds a special place in the hearts of many. In this series of recipes, we will explore a standard recipe, an artisanal recipe, and then showcase a truly special Peanut Butter and Jelly – the Elvis Special.

Standard PB+J

In a standard PB+J, we will choose smooth creamy peanut butter, sweet grape jelly, and a medium-firm, square, white bread loaf. Grill this sandwich quickly in a pan with some butter over high heat for a special treat.


  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1 tablespoon and a little extra bit of concord grape jelly
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of butter (optional)

Note: The optimal ratio of grape jelly to peanut butter is roughly 5 parts peanut butter to 3 parts jelly, but do adjust based on your personal preference.

Directions: This recipe is very simple. You have two pieces of bread, pick one to spread peanut butter on, and spread your jelly on the other one. If you are toasting this sandwich, it's best done in a pan with some butter in it over high heat. You will want to avoid prolonged heating because once the peanut butter hits a certain temperature it becomes very liquid and will make a mess.

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