I grew up with delicious Southern food. Most were developed from whatever was on hand at the time. I especially loved the fresh, big, beautiful tomatoes from my grandparents summer garden. My mother and grandmother would slice them and serve them with each meal. The abundance of refreshing, juicy tomatoes each summer brings back many good memories. My favorite way to eat them was simply sliced, add a little salt, then place between two slices of white bread with a fair amount of mayo. I personally think no chef could top that taste of home for me.
It seems summer was a time for a quick sandwich so kids could get back outdoors to play. Simple grilled cheese sandwiches, banana, and PB and J were recurrent belly fillers, and no one complained. Finding one squished in the bottom of a sack on an impromptu picnic didn’t change how good they taste. I make many of these sandwiches today. I must confess that I have never had a tomato sandwich quite as good as my Paw Paw’s since he passed on. I will definitely be talking more about tomatoes soon..for now we will have to move on…to PB and J😜
My kids beg for PB and J sandwiches. Things have changed a lot since I was a kid. With life-threatening food allergies for some, parents can no longer send peanuts to school in any form. When my kids get home, they are big enough to make there own. They put as little or as much PB or jelly as they desire. I have to admit, the amount of sugar in jelly is way up there. I’m not going to win any awards for being “most healthy mom” but I do try to cut back on sugar some. As much jelly as my youngest puts on, it makes me wonder if it is actually still a sandwich instead of the gloppy jelly soup it resembles. Hmmm, now there is an idea for a soup recipe…just kidding.
I sometimes use a delicious alternative to traditional PB and jelly that is a little more healthy and pretty enjoyable. One might even call it an “elevated” sandwich. I hope you will try it and let me know what you think.
PB and Grape Sandwich
2 slices toasted bread
1 small handful of grapes
1 tsp of honey(optional)
1 to 3 tsp of peanut butter
Sprinkle of sea salt (optional)
Apply peanut butter to both slices of bread, slice grapes in half and apply to one slice on top of PB, drizzle with honey, sprinkle with a small amount of salt. Put sandwich together and enjoy!
Y’all, this sandwich was so dang good☺️. I ate it immediately after snapping these pics.
Tips: Obviously, there isn’t much to this recipe. Can we even call it that? You can try different types of bread, PB, and grapes to find what you like best. I prefer a more tart grape with a drizzle of honey. Crunchy peanut butter also gives this a nice texture. A sprinkle of cinnamon gives a different flavor. Sometimes, I leave off the honey and salt for an even lower calorie meal or snack. For those that are allergic to nuts, I think that sunflower seed butter would be equally delicious.
One last tip:
If you are in a hurry, you can try this alternative recipe.
Spread peanut butter on two slices of bread straight out of the bag, drop whole unsliced grapes on there, and slam the sandwich together. Head out the door and scarf down while driving to work.
Extreme Caution: Do not forget to bring a drink!!! …Preferably milk☺️