There's nothing quite as comforting as that childhood mainstay, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of cold milk. And just because you're an adult doesn't mean you can't beckon your inner child. Here are five ideas for an updated adult version of everyone's favorite lunchtime classic.
Peanut Butter, Pineapple-Jalapeno Chutney, and Cream Cheese
A sweet and spicy pineapple chutney replaces the jelly component, while the cream cheese adds another complementary flavor profile. In a small saucepan, mix one 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple with one small minced, seeded jalapeno and some freshly grated ginger. Simmer on low heat until the liquid has evaporated and the fruit thickened. Spread one piece of bread with cream cheese spread and the other with peanut butter, and then add the chutney. The pineapple-jalapeno chutney also makes a good sauce for chicken.
French Toast, Peanut Butter, and Maple Syrup Sandwich
Beat one egg with a ¼ cup milk, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla. Dip two pieces of bread in the mixture and brown both sides in a buttered frying pan over medium heat. Spread the warm bread with peanut butter and then drizzle with real maple syrup. Put the two halves together and sprinkle the sandwich with powdered sugar. This sandwich is perfect for an easy Sunday brunch.
Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Banana Pinwheels
If you're watching your carbohydrate intake, skip the bread and try this instead. Spread a low-carb sandwich wrap generously with peanut butter. Sprinkle with mini dark chocolate chips. Place a whole banana at one edge and tightly roll to the other side. Slice into bite-sized pinwheels.
Peanut Butter, Blueberry, and Bacon
While this combination may sound strange, the salty, smoky flavor and the crunchy texture of the bacon pair perfectly with the earthy taste of peanut butter. Dot with fresh or frozen blueberries for a reduced-sugar grape-jelly substitute. After you put the sandwich together, lightly toast it in a frying pan or on a griddle.
Shredded Chicken, Caramelized Red Onions, and Peanut Butter
The naturally sweet flavor of caramelized onions serves as the jelly in this unique sandwich. Shred leftover baked chicken and place in a small saucepan along with enough peanut butter to form a sauce as it melts. You can also use rotisserie chicken from the deli. Scoop the chicken into a hoagie roll and top with the caramelized onions. Add a dash of crushed red peppers for extra zing.
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