When I recently read an article in the New York Times singing a song of peanut butter sandwiches featuring a novel (to me anyway) addition to the "and" list of filling ingredient options? I couldn't wait to finish the article before I rushed to the pantry to assemble my own version.
No doubt you are already well acquainted with peanut butter and jelly. You likely have your own favored go-to jam or jelly choice as well as "your" brand of peanut butter. Unless you have a personal taste taboo, I'd be surprised to hear that you'd never sampled peanut butter and honey, or perhaps even some version of the semi-mythic Elvis sanctioned peanut butter and banana combos.
But this particular peanut butter add-on, this alliterative addition to the pantheon of Peanut Butter And _____s? This ingredient represented, for me at least, a bold new direction for the entire peanut butter and sandwich franchise.
Dwight Garner's "Peanut Butter Takes on an Unlikely Best Friend" extols the virtues, the relatively unsung siren song of a slightly offbeat combination: that of the Peanut Butter and Pickle sandwich.
Before I even hit the halfway mark of the article I simply had to try one for myself. I stopped reading, headed into the kitchen and promptly assembled this:
|A Creamy Peanut Butter and Hamburger Dill Chip Pickle Sandwich|
And I gotta tell you - it was good, really, truly good. I enjoyed it thoroughly although as I finished the article I discovered most people vastly prefer a bread-and-butter variety pickle to add a more expected element of sweetness to their peanut butter and pickle sammies. Harrumph.
I had thrown together a peanut butter and dill pickle chip sandwich, reportedly off-putting to many, but not to me. It took just the right approach to get my "everything we have around here for lunch is sooo boring" taste buds to sit up and pay close attention. In that good way, I mean.