Introduction: Finding Heaven in Your Kitchen (Grilled PB&J)
Over the course of the last few months my girlfriend has become increasingly pregnant. As most people know with pregnancy comes cravings. Often times it's weird things like pickles or pudding and pickles(yuck!). But we as men deal with it and jump the moment she says, "oh hunny!" Recently my expecting wanted a PB&J that was cooked like my famous 4 slice 3 tier Grilled Cheese. Her reasoning is she didn't want any dairy but she wanted something hot and she had a craving for peanut butter. After a brief, hugh? moment I set to work. Surprisingly it became a hit and over the last few weeks it has been the main "snack" for the two of us. The following is the Grilled PB&J Mach 17. (Previous versions mysteriously disappeared)
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Step 1: Ingredients & Tools
You will need:
Two pieces of bread.
Your favorite jam (jelly,preserve,w/e)
You will need the following:
1 Fry pan
1 Stove top or similar device
1 Flipping device (optional)
Step 2: Step 1 & 2
Place your fry pan over the burner. Set the burner to high. We want the pan nice and hot when we start to cook as to seer the sandwich (crispy outside juicy inside).
Using the back side of one of your three spoons extract a generous amount of peanut butter from the jar. Evenly spread the peanut butter against one piece of bread. The reason we use a spoon verses a butter knife is because of the slight curve to the spoon. It allows for easy application of the peanut butter. And as an added bonus you can scoop a mouthful when no one is looking(Yum!)
Step 3: Step 3 & 4
Using the same procedure as with the peanut butter apply an even layer of jam to the other piece of bread. Having completed this step you will have two pieced of bread with something smeared on them. If what you have doesn't resemble Figure (1) you may need to go back to step one.
The next thing is to combine the two pieces. Holding one of the pieces flip it over onto the second.
Step 4: Step 5 & 6
Using your third and final spoon put a thing layer of margarine to the top piece of bread.
Grab you sandwich and place it butter side down on the fry pan. Hear that nice sizzle? From here one out it's a time challenge. Work fast or risk burning your food. Using your third spoon again apply a thin layer of margarine to the top piece of bread.
Step 5: Step Cook & Flip
It takes a certain amount of skill to know when it's time to flip the sandwich. You can use a flipping device as shown in figure (2) to see when it is time to flip. Personally however I use a slight shaking motion to the pan. When the sandwich starts to move around easily I listen for a crispy sounding motion to come from the sandwich. When I hear that magical sound I use a G shaped motion to flip the sandwich. Do the same to the other side. Wait for a nice browning, or the magical crisp noise.
Step 6: Step Cut & Enjoy
When the sandwich is done slide it onto a plate. Using your flipping device cut it corner to corner. This is a very important step, don't forget it. I don't know what will happen if you don't cut it corner to corner I have always remembered. If you choose to skip that step I take no responsibility as to what may happen. Proceed with caution.
Slowly bring the sandwich up to your mouth bite down and enjoy the little piece of heaven you just found in your kitchen.
Personal thoughts on eating this:
This is one of the tasteyiest snacks I have ever had. And as an added bonus if you are ever feeling slightly ill, the warm peanut butter seems to coat your stomach and sooth it. I just ate the Mach 17 version of this sandwich 30 min ago and my belly is still warm and comfy.