I read about this sandwich available in Portland, OR, at PBJ’s Grilled. But I have no plans to get to Portland anytime soon, and since August is National Sandwich Month, I figured I could take the time and make this full-on gourmet peanut butter sandwich for my family and see what they thought.
Before I tell you what’s in the sandwich, here are the reactions from my family:
Husband: “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever had … Please don’t leave these all by me because I’ll eat them all.”
Son: “This is the best thing EVER. I mean, Mom, this is the bomb. It’s peanut butter, it’s bacon, it’s spicy … how did you THINK of this? This is nuts.”
Daughter #2: “I’m not sure about this. Okay, I’ll try it. [makes faces as she tries first bite] It’s okay. Wow, it’s spicy. Well, actually, this is pretty good. It’s random, but this is really good. Where did you hear about this?”
Daughter #1: Won’t try it
The sandwich has peanut butter, cherry preserves, roasted jalapeño and bacon on white bread. And it will rock your world. It’s crazy, and it’s good. It’s spicy and savory and sweet. It may be worth making sandwiches for a casual dinner gathering of friends and just seeing what everyone thinks. Serve beer. If everyone hates them, order a pizza, but I doubt that will happen. Here’s how to make it:
Crazy Peanut Butter Sandwich
- 1/2 to 1 jalapeno pepper per sandwich, or more if you like very spicy food
- Peanut butter (or almond butter), choose smooth or chunky
- 2 slices of white bread per sandwich
- Cooked Applewood smoked, thick-cut bacon, or a premium bacon of your liking, 2 pieces per sandwich
- Cherry preserves (typically find the preserves at a gourmet grocery store or at a farmers market)
- Cut the jalapeno in half, lengthwise, and seed. Place in a preheated 450-degree oven, skin up, for 20 minutes. You can use canned jalapenos, which is easier, but it's not nearly the gourmet experience. Remove the pepper(s) from the oven and take off the skin (if desired) and slice to evenly distribute on sandwiches. Each sandwich only needs the equivalent of 1/2 to 1 roasted jalapeno pepper.
- Slather peanut butter on one piece of bread and layer with two pieces of bacon and roasted jalapeno slices. Generously spread cherry preserves on another piece of white bread and then layer it on top, cherry side toward the peanut butter, bacon, pepper mix.
- To save time, prep sandwiches ahead, when the peppers are roasting, so all you need to do is add the roasted peppers when they are ready.
- Cut in half and enjoy!
Try it, and let us know what you think!
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