Did you know that you can help fight hunger with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? It’s true!
If you read this blog regularly, you know that the fight against hunger is a cause that I am passionate about. So, I was excited to hear about the PB&J My Way recipe contest sponsored by the Southern Peanut Growers. To enter the contest, you simply need to submit your favorite PB&J recipe! For each PB&J recipe submitted by March 31st, the Southern Peanut Growers will donate one jar of peanut butter (up to 4,000) to those in need. It’s a quick and easy way to help fight hunger. You could even win a case of peanut butter and have your recipe featured on their site. For more details, check out the official press release.
As I read about the contest, I was immediately reminded of an old family recipe, a recipe for a peanut butter, jelly, and mustard (yes, mustard – that’s where the M comes in) sandwich. It has been passed down to me by my dad, but it was originally my grandfather’s recipe (“Pop” was what we called him).
This is not just a family heirloom, though… It is a recipe surrounded by deceit and trickery. You see, as kids, my brother and I weren’t too keen on giving this infamous PBJ&M sandwich a try. Can you blame us?! The idea of putting mustard in a PB&J sandwich isn’t exactly kid-friendly. My dad was persistent, though, and would sneak the mustard into our sandwiches without telling us. And, we would eat them happily. In fact, it has since become one of my favorites. Yes, it’s true.
The thing is, when you add yellow mustard to peanut butter and jelly, it simply gives the jelly a bit of a tangy taste… But it doesn’t really taste like mustard. My mom actually thinks it tastes more like pickles. I haven’t yet been able to convince my hubby to give it a try. Perhaps I’ll have to resort to my dad’s method and spike his sandwich with some mustard one of these days when he least suspects it!
Pop’s Infamous Peanut Butter Jelly and Mustard Sandwich
- 2 slices homemade whole wheat sandwich bread
(Note – My mom always made homemade bread, so that’s what I had as a kid… not sure if that’s an authentic ingredient from my grandfather or not)
- Chunky peanut butter
- Strawberry jelly (or flavor of your choice)
- Yellow mustard
There is a definite science to this sandwich… Start by spreading peanut butter on both slices of bread, not just one… This is important. The peanut butter works to seal off the bread so that it doesn’t get mushy. I’m serious.
Spread the strawberry jelly on one slice of bread, and drizzle the mustard on the other slice. The jelly and mustard should be kept separate until you are ready to dig in. Ok, maybe that’s not really a big deal, but I like to think that some sort of magic occurs when the two ingredients are combined.
When you are ready to eat, put the two prepared slices of bread together to make a sandwich, and slice down the middle (or on the diagonal, if that’s your style). Enjoy!