Peanut Butter & Jelly Panini
Whether its kids, or the kid in us, who doesn’t love a classic PB&J sandwich? One day, my kids felt chilled at lunch time, and they asked me to warm up their peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the microwave. I reluctantly obliged, but to my surprise, it tasted pretty good warmed up. That’s when I got the idea of making a panini out of it – especially since my kids love anything that comes out of the panini pan.
On my first attempt at the PB&J panini, I used my home made peanut butter along with concord grape jelly. As a sweet and fun bread choice, I used thick sliced raisin bread. Pressing the panini for only a couple of minutes to make the bread golden brown resulted in a warm and tasty treat.
For those with peanut allergies (like one of the authors here at Gourmet Ontario), there is an excellent roasted soy-based alternative to peanut butter called WOW Butter. Its the only product we’ve tried that actually tastes like real peanut butter. It’s also safe to use in schools that have bans on nut products.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Panini Recipe
- Peanut butter or WOW Butter
- Concord Grape Jelly
- Thick Sliced Raisin Bread
- Margarine spread
- Prehead panini press, or the panini pan on medium high (gas 7).
- Cover once side of each slice of bread with marjarine.
- Cover the other side of each slice of bread with peanut butter.
- Spoon a heaping tablespoon of jelly on to one slice and spread around with knive to evenly coat.
- Cover jelly with other slice of bread so peanut butter is inside, margarine is outside.
- Heat in press for 1-2 minuites until outside is golden brown. Slice in half and enjoy!
- This panini pairs perfectly with a glass of cold milk.