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.
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.