10 Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

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You’ve already reveled in the glory of making your own nut butters, and now it’s time to celebrate that age-old classic: peanut butter and jelly. That’s right, April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, and we’ve found 10 recipes to help you celebrate.

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is an observance with obscure origins. Searching for an organizing body or impetus doesn’t yield much. But really, is there much more that you need to know other than April 2 is a day to nosh on as many peanut butter and jelly combinations as your heart desires? The easiest way to celebrate is, of course, the classic: peanut butter and jelly layered between two slices of bread. But the potential to take this humble pairing to the next level exists — just check out the following 10 recipes to see for yourself.

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1. Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly

The first twist on PB&J from Chow doesn’t change much, it just adds a new factor: grilling. Like on a grilled cheese, the bread becomes crisp and the filling warm and gooey as the sandwich heats in the pan. Enjoy with a glass of ice-cold milk.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices white sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions: Place the bread slices on a work surface and spread the peanut butter on one slice of bread and the jam on the other; set aside. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat until foaming. Add the two slices of bread, filling-side up, and cook until the bottoms are golden brown and the filling is warmed through, about six minutes. Using a flat spatula, flip one slice of bread onto the other to close the sandwich. Transfer to a plate and serve immediately.

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