Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwhich Gourmet Recipe

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Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe

Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe
 The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep:15 mins
Cook:0 mins
Total:15 mins
Serving:1 serving
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Could you ever imagine a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as decadent? Try this gourmet PB&J, and you’ll reassess everything you’ve previously understood about this classic.

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While we don’t want to mess with the perfection that is the standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich, sometimes you may want to try a new twist on an old favorite, all while paying homage to the traditional flavors that entranced most of us as children.

By using an artisan bread and heating it in butter, a crispy, golden crust develops on the bread similar to the way it would on a grilled cheese. Plus, the heat melts the peanut butter and jelly into a gooey, rich confection. Try rye, whole-grain, or sourdough bread for added dimension in flavor.


  • 2 slices bread, such as rye, whole grain, or sourdough
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
  • 1 tablespoon jam, or jelly, your choice of flavor
  • 1 tablespoon butter, for pan, plus softened butter or margarine for bread

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich ingredients
  2. Prepare peanut butter sandwich using desired jelly or jam. Make sure it isn’t too runny because the sandwich will be heated and jam could leak out.

    bread with peanut butter, bread with jelly
  3. Heat a frying pan to melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Tilt pan so butter covers pan evenly. This is key to get a perfectly crispy crust on the bread.

    Butter in a pan
  4. Butter one side of sandwich. Place buttered-side down in the pan. If possible, place a steak weight or bacon press on sandwich so it cooks evenly. When one side is golden brown, butter other side. Turn sandwich over and place weight back on sandwich. The second side will cook faster because sandwich is already heated.

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a pan
  5. Remove sandwich from pan, cut diagonally and serve immediately.

    Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich on a cutting board

Looking for other ways to perk up your beloved PB&J? Here are some other ways to enjoy this common childhood favorite:

  • Try spreading it on French toast that’s fresh off the griddle.

  • For a fun twist, try a sandwich with waffles instead of bread. Just slather some peanut butter and jelly onto waffles. You will not necessarily need syrup in this case, but you can, of course, add it if you’d like.

  • Instead of bulky bread, try putting the peanut butter and jelly on a healthy wrap. It may be slimmer in volume, but the taste will shine.


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