Easy as 1-2-3

PB & J-Duo Dishes
Some things in life are so simple it just seems wrong.  Making peanut butter is now on top of that list.  If you’ve never made peanut butter at home before, don’t worry we’re going to break it down for you.  Okay ready?

1. Deskinned peanuts of your choice + 2. a food processor = 3. fresh peanut butter!

We know how you feel. This should be wrong, right?

It’s absolutely astounding how simple it is!  Just throw whatever kind of nuts you want in the processor, hit the power button, and walk away.  Polish your nails, pet the dog, call Mom, whatever.  When you return in two minutes or so, you’ll have fresh peanut butter waiting for you.  And good peanut butter at that.  Peanut butter without the hydrogenated oils, extra sodium, sugar, high fructose corn syrup and Lurd Jebus knows what else.  Just nuts in your nut butter (of course we won’t stop you from adding whatever extra it is you want).  As it turns out, last fall we discovered making your own version of jelly is just as easy.  Throw the berries of your choice in a pan with a bit of water (or wine if you’re like us) and let it reduce.  Add a little sugar for good measure if you like.  Then boom.  You have good ‘ol jelly.

We wish we could take credit for what happens next.  We don’t know who originally decided to put these two items together in a sandwich form–a sandwich that every person in Western civilization has eaten at one point in life.  Who woulda thought slapping these two spreads on some bread would be an American childhood staple (thank you whoever you are!).
PB & J 2-Duo Dishes
Use any kind of bread you wish.  The little kid in us never thought to venture away from our everyday sliced Wonder Bread, but ciabatta, French baguette, regular dinner rolls, or even a few buttery crackers work well for this pair.  Pull out that panini press if you’re really feeling feisty.  Even though we didn’t appreciate it then, it’s nice to know this is easily made at home with just a handful of fresh, raw ingredients.  It doesn’t get better than that!  We’ve submitted this one to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen’s Soup, Salad and Sammie Sundays!
PB & J 3-Duo Dishes

Grilled Honey Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly Sandwiches – Serves 4-6

1 loaf ciabatta bread, sliced
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups honey roasted peanuts
1 pint fresh strawberries
3/4 cup ruby port wine
1/4 cup  water
Juice of 1 lemon
1/8-1/4 cup sugar (optional)
1 banana, sliced (optional)

1.  Process peanuts in a food processor until thick, approximately 2 minutes.  (You can go longer if you prefer the peanut butter to be even smoother.)

2.  Combine the strawberries, port wine, water, lemon and sugar in a medium skillet.  Bring to boil, then reduce and simmer on low heat until berries break down and liquid thickens, about 10 minutes.  (If desired, pour the strawberries through a sieve to remove the chunks.)

3.  Spread a small amount of butter on one side of each piece of bread.  On the other side, spread the peanut butter on half of the pieces and jelly on the other ones.  Add a couple pieces of banana and combine the slices for each sandwich.

4. Spray a grill pan or skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium high until bread toasts, approximately 3-4 minutes on each side.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


55 thoughts on “Easy as 1-2-3

  1. Now I could seriously dig into that. I especially like the honey roasted peanuts – I can’t get enough of the combination of honey and peanut butter, I really can’t!

  2. I LOVE this. You know what rocks my world? Cashew butter. It’s so good it makes you curse. Make sure you’re not near anyone who might get offended when you eat it.

  3. How does my fave Duo manage to get 53 + comments about peanut butter??? I’m the one with the Thermomix that can do peanut butter in seconds!! hahaha…thanks for visiting me as usual guys, the day after I post is not quite the same without your little jokes!!

  4. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time. And sometimes there’s nothing better than a PB&J with a glass of cold milk, especially with fresh peanut butter and jelly. Awesomeness.

  5. so delicious and easy. is that grilled pbj’s your making? they are one of my favorite meals of all time. and with the homemade jam? seriously. mmmmm.

  6. I admit my kids burned me out on PB&J, yes I do not like the smell, but yours has me thinking…honey, and then a jelly with port, wow…save me from my self now…really!

  7. Those sandwiches look fabulouse! I love the idea of making jelly with wine! Not sure why it took so long to stop by, I love your posts!

  8. This strawberry jelly thing sounds amazing with the port! and it must have married so well with your home-made peanut butter! I love making my own PB, you canplay with different textures and types of peanuts. Lovely!

  9. I am hoping to preserve some jam this summer, so when I give that a go I will have to whir up some PB to try with it.

  10. Wow, I had no idea it was that easy to make peanut butter. This may just be the excuse I need to finally buy a food processor.

  11. I must name to this sophisticated and incredible honey PB treat: awesome!! Why to see now… I can eat the screen!
    The world must know it sending to twitter 🙂



  12. A classic indeed. I remember lunchtime sitting by the benches at school digging into ly little lunch box and pulling out a PB&J sandwich.

    I haven’t tried Honey Peanut Butter though. The added sweetness make it’s even more tantilizing.

  13. Brilliant! I particularly am not a big peanut butter fan.. but I think fresh peanut butter would change all that. I like making almond butter. 🙂

  14. I LOVE THIS POST! I am so going to make this! Finally, another application for the big ole bottle of port wine I have hibernating in my cabinets. Brilliant!

  15. That’s a much cheaper way of getting homemade peanut butter than using the grinder at Whole Foods. They charge a mint for the priveledge.

    I always like multi-grain breads for my PBJs. Some people feel this is a sacrelige, but I find that mult-grain flavors work well with PB and with fruit.

  16. HELLA YEAH!!! I need to go grill me up one right now! YUM!!! Awesome about making your own PB, I just made some nutella last night so easy and good!

  17. well presented making me hungry already.
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    As nominated by me, for a well deserving blog. 🙂 xx

  18. MMMMM…they look delicious!!

    Amir & Chrystal: I have something for you 2 at my foodblog:
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