Grilled PBJ with White Cheddar and Bacon | #BrunchWeek ~ Nik Snacks

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On 7:00 AM by Nikki @ NikSnacks   4 comments

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Grilled PBJ with Bacon and White Cheddar

I have a little secret.

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly with Bacon and White Cheddar
  • 2 slices French loaf or sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 
  • 2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked crisp
  • 4 slices sharp white Cheddar cheese

Spread mayonnaise on one side of each slice of bread.
Spread peanut butter on bottom slice of bread.
Top with bacon and cheese slices.
Close with top slice of bread and press closed.
Grill over medium-low heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden and cheese is melted.

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread, lay a slice of cheese over the peanut butter, and top with the remaining slice of bread. Spread butter on the outer sides of the sandwich, and place in the hot skillet. Fry on each side until golden brown and cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.

Well, it's not really a secret, because I end up telling EVERYONE I meet: I'm severely allergic to nuts. Tree nuts, ground nuts, avocados and peaches are not on the menu for me, but seeds are OK. I am so blessed to be able to cook my own food, because I have to be very careful with packaged foodstuffs and eating at others' homes. Over the years, I've become adept at recognizing a nut and dishes that are commonly made with them. Pie crusts, pestos, pilafs (notice a pattern?) are the worst offenders. 

I've flipped the script today by posting a TOTAL ALLERGY ALERT dish in my blog. It's like, a Cardinal sin. I told you yesterday that I don't cook things I don't like to eat and here I am talking about ::whispers:: peanut butter. But I really didn't.

I used a secret weapon. I couldn't have dreamed up a better sandwich. I used Cookie Butter or Speculoos as a substitute for peanut butter. It's a little sweeter and totally addictive, like Nutella, but it pairs well with crispy, smoky bacon and grape jelly which matches the intensity of sliced white cheddar like a chorus of a song. Wheat bread, white bread, Texas Toast or even a pocket pita are the perfect vehicles to hold in all of the unexpected flavor of this brunch item.  photo IMG_3585.jpg
Potato chips, fruit salad, side salad or even some crispy potatoes will pair perfectly with this sandwich.

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  1. Yum! This sounds like the perfect combination!

  2. I have never thought to put peanut butter on a grilled cheese. It sounds delicious. Since you can have seeds, you may want to try sunbutter. I have no allergies but I do LOVE sunbutter.

  3. I love grilling PB&J never in a million years would I have added cheese and bacon but, hey, why not?!

  4. Nice recipe, thanks for sharing :)
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