Thursday, April 29, 2010

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

The work week is coming to a close, and Stewart is out for the weekend at a bachelor party. The guys are touring the bourbon trail and going to the Kentucky Derby. The word of the day is jealous: hostile toward a rival or one believed to have an advantage. I'd wear a big hat, sip mint juleps and gamble on horse racing any day. When he's out of town, I usually don't cook a meal just for myself unless it comes from a drive through window or take out. So, there's only one thing to do. It's peanut butter jelly time!

This isn't just any PB&J; this is Tyler Florence's grilled peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwiches. I'm a big Tyler Florence fan. His recipes are delish, and his web site is beautiful even if you simply want to sift through the recipes and photography. 

You know who also loved peanut butter and banana sandwiches? Elvis Presley. I'm from Memphis. Of course I'm an Elvis fan, and the white jumpsuit in this video is H-O-T!

Ingredients (makes 4 sandwiches): 
8 slices of good quality white bread (I used wheat)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
1/2 cup grape jelly
2 ripe bananas, sliced
Directions: Butter the bread slices on 1 side and place them butter side down. Spread 4 slices with the peanut butter and top with the banana slices. Spread the remaining slices with jelly and put them, jelly side down, on top of the bananas. Press down gently to flatten them slightly. Place them in a preheated panini press and grill until toasted. 

Hope your weekend is filled with great eats and good beats!

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