Try Cooking the Sandwich
One way to hack your run-of-the-mill peanut butter and jelly is to cook it. One way to achieve this is to grill the whole sandwich like grilled cheese. Besides, adding butter certainly won’t make it worse. You can always toast the bread instead too, which will still give you an ooey-gooey center of melted peanut butter and jelly. Another way to cook the sandwich is to turn the bread slices into French toast. All you have to do is prepare French toast on the stovetop as you usually would. But instead of enjoying the warm, spiced bread on its own, spread your peanut butter and jelly fillings between two slices. Once you have tried making French toast peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, deep-frying is the next method to try. Almost everything is made better by deep-frying, and peanut butter and jelly is no exception. The fillings become delightfully melted while the bread is perfectly crisp on the outside. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a must. Shake up your filling. If you’re a peanut butter and jelly purist and think crunchy peanut butter is shaking up your fill, then it’s time for radical changes.
You can also think about adding fresh fruit like sliced banana, pomegranate, raspberries, blueberries, or even chopped apple to your sandwich. It will add the perfect amount of freshness and even crunch if you use fruit with seeds. You can also swap out or add another spreadable filling. Try something like Nutella, honey, or marshmallow fluff in your peanut butter and jelly. You can also add tons of other fillers to add flavor and texture. Think bacon, nuts, chocolate chips, or spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger for added punch. You can transform the sandwich by making it a peanut butter and jelly burger too. It might be better to start with a good burger base and add peanut butter and jelly to the buns, but either way, it’s a melty, juicy upgrade that will be a hit.
Ditch the Bread
Finally, you can easily hack your sandwich bread. Apart from a delicious alternative like a burger and its more traditional buns, there are plenty of other bread alternatives that take peanut butter and jelly to the next level. Most, however, are better thought of as desserts or sweet breakfast items than sandwiches, though. Should you want to completely ditch the bread altogether, use a halved banana instead to make your sandwich. Swap the bread for waffles or pancakes for another breakfast mashup. You can also use crepes for a deliciously thin take on peanut butter and jelly. Replacing the bread with pound cake and angel food cake again turns this classic into a next-level dessert too. You can always make peanut butter and jelly s’ mores with graham crackers and a marshmallow. No matter how you choose to upgrade your favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the options are seemingly endless. There are so many ways to add more flavor and texture; your own imagination in the kitchen is the limit.