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    Traditional Peanut Butter and Jelly

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    gourmetmomma's Note:

    Nothing fancy, just a classic. Either smooth or crunch peanut butter is acceptable. Classically, the jelly is either strawberry or grape.

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    • 2 slices sandwich bread
    • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
    • 2 teaspoons grape jelly or 2 teaspoons strawberry jam


    1. 1
      Spread the peanut butter on one piece of bread.
    2. 2
      Spread the jelly on the other side.
    3. 3
      Put the two pieces of bread together to form a sandwich.
    4. 4
      Toddler adaptation: cut off crusts before serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 12, 2009

      Ok so I saw this "recipe" and thought "you've got to be kidding!". Do people really need a recipe for a pb& j sandwich? Yes this is a classic and yes it is 5 stars, though I honestly can't credit gourmetmomma for this, no offense intended, I mean this pb&j combo has to have been around since Adam and Eve, right? With regard to the recipe, I do have a couple of things to say. My own family's preference is for strawberry spread instead of grape jelly. Also, with regard to on reviewer's tip to put the peanut butter on both sides of the bread to keep it from becoming soggy, in theory that sounds great except for the fact that the jelly tends to just slide out from between the peanut butter layers. I recommend just putting a thinner layer of jelly or spread directly on the bread. You'll still get the sweet, just not as much and the bread doesn't get soggy. With regard to school lunches, I also recommend making a month's worth of these sandwiches and freezing them in individual baggies for quick lunch prep. By the time lunch comes around, the sandwich is thawed and just right.

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    • on January 02, 2011


      I found this recipe adequate. I made a few changes. I went with an organic white whole wheat bread. I used Nutella instead of peanut butter and I substituted the pedestrian grape jelly with wild elderberry preserves. But even with the changes I made, it's still the same recipe. I served it with a Château Pétrus and some imported hard cheese. My children absolutely enjoyed the lunch before nap time.

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    • on May 17, 2014


      PBJ is a classic. My family loves them with the same amount peanut butter to jelly though. White or wheat, grape or strawberry, it is a go to quick lunch. I grew up with peanut butter on both sides with jelly in the middle but now do on one side only. Love it. Thanks for posting gourmetmomma! (It is ironic that gourmet momma posts this simple dish!) This joke recipe is no joke. Enjoy! ChefDLH

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Peanut Butter and Jelly

    Serving Size: 1 (96 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 358.4
    Calories from Fat 159
    Total Fat 17.7 g
    Saturated Fat 3.6 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 491.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 41.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.2 g
    Sugars 12.2 g
    Protein 11.8 g

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