Fried Peanut Butter Sandwiches

the best ever

First, before I start, let me just say that I am a finalist in the Saveur 2015 Blog Awards! If you have a moment to register, I’d be eternally grateful if you’d run over there and vote for me in the Most Delicious Food category! Now, onto the recipe. Sometimes you hear or read about something so amazingly delicious that you are compelled to run to the store, grab all of the necessary ingredients, and make it. That doesn’t happen often with me. I mean, I definitely read about good food all the time. I probably send my friends too many articles about restaurant openings or new products from name brands or some new cocktail that we have to try. But this is different because it’s so pain stakingly simple, yet for some reason I had never tried it before because I am an idiot. A big, dumb idiot. How has it never occurred to me to make fried peanut butter sandwiches? It seems so obvious. Thick, toasted bread, cooked in plenty of butter, with warm, melty peanut butter oozing out with each and every bite. Yes, I want to eat that, please. I have two eyes, a heart and a stomach, don’t I? I heard about this sandwich on the first episode of the new podcast by Food52, Burnt Toast. I, like many of us, have become somewhat of a podcast fiend over the past year (this trend is finally really big in New York – I know it’s been huge in LA for years but we have to download things to our phones to listen to them underground…but I digress) and Burnt Toast is perfect for those of us who want to hear about food, food trends, cookbooks and the like. Anyway, the first episode deals with “weird foods”, as it were, and the opening topic was a kimchi and peanut butter sandwich. I have yet to try this, but I think I would really like it, because spicy + peanut butter does taste good (pad thai, anyone). The thing that really spoke to me, though, was when Allison Robicelli briefly mentioned eating toasty peanut butter sandwiches as a kid. She described the melty peanut butter and that’s all I needed to hear. I was on a fried peanut butter sandwich mission.

fried peanut butter sandwichesHey there, now.

The following Saturday, Kramer and I went to brunch at Delaware and Hudson (I had crab cakes, they were awesome), then we wandered around trying to find new glasses for him, then I remembered my peanut butter sandwich craving. “Let’s stop in The Bedford Cheese Shop real quick – they have good bread,” I said, not really explaining why we, two people trying our best not to eat like sophisticated children but failing miserably, needed a big loaf of bread. Big was an understatement, as you can see, because the pullman loaf that we got was the size of at least two loaves of bread. No matter. Half is still in the freezer, waiting to be made into bread pudding or breadcrumbs or croutons or whatever else. Next, we needed creamy, name brand peanut butter. My favorite is Skippy. Natural peanut butter is fine, too, but we’re trying to evoke the best childhood memories here, so I went for the good stuff. But, this being Brooklyn, I had to go to THREE bodegas before I found what I was looking for. Everyone had natural peanut butter, the kind where you have to stir and stir and stir and stir before the oil and peanut butter comes together and ohmygod I am so uninterested in that. There was also lots of chunky peanut butter, which I used to use exclusively, but I’m back on the creamy bandwagon. You can use crunchy here if you like, but the bread is going to be toasted and crisp, so the juxtaposition of crunchy bread and creamy peanut butter makes the most sense to me.

fried peanut butter sandwiches

So, armed with a big ass loaf of bread and creamy Skippy peanut butter, I got into my kitchen ready to throw down. I can’t describe how satisfying it was to stand there making something so simple, spreading big mounds of smooth peanut butter over thick slices of freshly sliced white bread. Ah yes. Another key to making these sandwiches is that you shouldn’t bother trying to spread cold butter over cold bread in order to get the slices golden and toasted – just melt a few tablespoons in your pan and let the bread soak it up that way. Just keep adding more as needed. You’re already making fried peanut butter sandwiches, so I wouldn’t go easy on the butter. Go nuts. It’s worth it. I kept my sandwiches warm in the oven until I was ready to serve them, and oh good lord, were they good. The bread was golden, crispy, buttery – everything you’d want it to be, and the peanut butter. Oh the peanut butter. It was warm and gooey and melty and falling out of the sandwich in the best way possible. I don’t typically reach for a glass of milk most days, but I definitely had one alongside this sandwich. This is maybe my new favorite food. I’m a peanut butter fiend, and this just hits the spot. You can add bananas or honey or marshmallow fluff, sure, but I am of the opinion that simple is best here, so you really only need bread, butter and peanut butter. Trust me.

fried peanut butter sandwichesI reallllly need a new bread knife. Anyway, do your best to slice your bread evenly, at least 1-inch thick. I wouldn’t do more than 1-1/2 inches thick because then the bread will be so thick that the peanut butter won’t be as melty.

fried peanut butter sandwichesHonestly, is there anything more satisfying than that first knife (or spoon) into a jar of peanut butter?

fried peanut butter sandwichesfried peanut butter sandwichesNow start building your sandwiches.

fried peanut butter sandwichesGet that butter nice and hot and start frying up your sandwiches.

fried peanut butter sandwichesKeep your sandwiches warm in a 250 degree F oven until you’re ready to serve them.

fried peanut butter sandwichesfried peanut butter sandwichesfried peanut butter sandwichesGo get a glass of milk!

Fried Peanut Butter Sandwiches
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Serves: 8-10
Just the best damn sandwich you'll ever eat.
  • 1 loaf of bread
  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • 1 stick of butter
  1. Place two tablespoons of peanut butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Slice your bread and spread each piece (this is key) with peanut butter (the amount is up to you and depends on how messy you like your sandwiches).
  2. Make your sandwiches and use 2 tablespoons of butter per batch of sandwiches - toast on each side until golden, then flip and toast again, smashing a bit with a spatula to squish the sandwiches a little because they're just better that way. Keep going until you run out of either bread, peanut butter or butter. Keep warm in a 250 degree F oven, if you like, until finished. Serve hot with a glass of cold milk. Bananas, marshmallow fluff and/or honey are optional but highly recommended if you're feeling fancy.


17 Responses

  1. molly yeh says:

    PERFECT. this reminds me of the pb sandwich at potbelly’s (have you been to potbelly’s? i remember one opened up in ny a few years ago and people didn’t take to it as easily as they did in chicago) BUT, they make this super toasty gooey pb sandwich that tastes like a donut, it is the best. and now i want to make yours. i think that 1 loaf, 1 jar pb, and 1 stick of butter is the best ingredient list i’ve ever read.

    P.S. YAY SAVEUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! happy dance happy dance happy dance :)

  2. Lena says:

    oh sweet lord, all my peanut butter dreams come true, this is PERFECT.
    also your pictures, jesus, they’re so good.

  3. Deanna says:

    You have to try the spicy thai PB & J on food 52. It’s so good, and it’s even better when fried. It’s one of my go to breakfasts (done on toast when when I’m running late). Seriously delicious.

  4. dfawley says:

    Let the peanut butter wars begin. SKIPPY FTW!

  5. Jen says:

    I love this sandwich idea! Growing up (and I still do it) my mum would put peanut butter in our grilled cheese sandwiches; peel apart the bread and cheese once it’s out of the pan and spread the peanut butter – it’s so delicious. Everyone always thinks I’m crazy though, so I’m glad to know that there are other people in the world who like melty peanut butter with toasted bread. :)

  6. tworedbowls says:

    This. Is. GENIUS. That towering stack might be the best thing I’ve ever seen.

  7. Rita says:

    this looks so good! if only i’m not allergic to peanuts (and all tree nuts) – i’ll be sure to make this. but, alas :(

    by the way, i received your email – again, thanks a bunch!

  8. Rita says:

    ps: I forgot to mention that I voted for you at Saveur :)

  9. Whoa. This makes me want to eat my computer.

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  11. Lindsey says:

    huge congrats to you on your saveur nom!!!! and holy wow, i’ve always loved a good toasted peanut butter sammie, but a fried version has got to be a million times better! can’t wait to meet, and party in june! xo

  12. Congratulations on the Saveur awards! I used to eat a sandwich just like this with bananas all the time. I bet I haven’t had one in ten years. I need to change that.

  13. Huge congrats on the Saveur nomination!! We tried this for breakfast this morning and we are still licking our fingers

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  15. Maureen says:

    I haven’t really tried a fried peanut butter sandwich. But by just looking at this, I am pretty convinced that it’s really good and yummy. I can’t say no to that gooey peanut butter. And congratulation on the Saveur award!

  16. Wayne says:

    Last meal on the battlefield and then celebrate victory with my favorite meal. Yes the “Fried Peanut Butter on Sourdough White Bread”, is my choice meal. Ps: don’t forget the half n half to wash it down.

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