PB&J (this is a joke)

3 Tbsp peanut butter, ideally chunky
3 Tbsp homemade strawberry jam, possibly concord grape
2 slices white or wheat bread, crusts trimmed or left intact

On a clean counter or cutting board, stack the two slices of bread so that the edges are in perfect alignment. Now open the slices like two pages of a book, this will prevent any irregularities in the shape of the bread from causing an ill-fitting closure of the final sandwich.

On one slice, spread the peanut butter, taking care to reach to the very corners. Do the same with the jam, but on the other slice of bread. Now, close the slices together, making sure the edges line up as smoothly as possible.

Using a chef’s knife, cut the sandwich in half diagonally with one swift motion, do not saw. I repeat, under no circumstances should you attempt to saw the sandwich in half. You’re not a magician, you can’t do it.

Set the sandwich slices onto a large sheet of waxed paper. Carefully fold the paper to enclose the sandwich and secure with a piece of tape. Or perhaps some twine.

Using a Norman Rockwell painting as your guide, set the table. Have a large glass of milk at the ready. Enjoy your sandwich.


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Oct 03, 2010 ·  1:15 AM

This is a dish that has confounded me for years. Thanks to your simple instructions (and admittedly a few attempts) I managed to make this delicious entree. Thanks!

 · The Cheat · 

Oct 03, 2010 · 11:49 AM

Really, most people don’t realize that this dish is truly easy enough for an every day meal. By simply minimizing the steps and clarifying the process, I hope to demystify it. Hopefully, more people like you, will give it a try. Regards,


Dec 24, 2010 ·  8:06 PM

could you give us your blood orange sorbet recipe.

 · ggavitt · http://ggavitt@gmail.com

Mar 26, 2013 ·  4:29 PM

Ah, crap. I sawed.

 · Steph · 

Apr 17, 2013 ·  8:03 PM

I’m an accomplished chocolatier, but I was so intimidated by the thought of making a PB&J that I never even gave it a second thought until I read your detailed post. Thank you for bringing this haute cuisine dish to a more approachable level.

 · Katherine · http://katherine-anne.com

Apr 17, 2013 ·  9:28 PM

Hey Katherine, so glad I could share some insights to help get you over your fear! The process itself can be a little stressful, despite how straightforward the ingredients are. GOOD LUCK!!


Sep 08, 2017 ·  5:30 AM

We are a gluten free, nut free, and sugar free household, so I made this on a corn tortilla with sunflower seed spread and a sprinkling of stevia powder. My 3-year-old wouldn’t touch it, so I tried it and it was not very good! Please adjust your recipe so that problems like mine can be avoided! 1/10 Would not make again!

 · Kelly · 


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