Celebrate Ntional PB & J Day with The King of Monte Cristo

March 31, 2016
Ah, nostalgia. It means that one bite of a childhood favorite can bring you right back to a simple time when all you wanted was a spoonful of peanut butter when mom wasn't looking. Or is that just me? 
Recently, we at Foodista were able to relive our childhood love of peanut butter, when we sampled the new Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter. Let's just say that an office full of women and a handful of spoons made short work of this delightful treat. While we were sampling (you know, for work) we came up with a list of variables for what makes the best peanut butter. 

Rich, peanut taste

Creamy texture (with or without crunchy peanuts, it's still important)

Not too sweet or salty

Doesn't separate or need to be stirred

This new Peter Pan Simply Ground peanut butter ticks everything on our list. It's crunchy, but the peanut bits are very fine, while still keeping that flavor we all remembered. It was one of the most fun food samples that we have been able to try in a long time. 

If you need some inspiration for using Simply Ground Peanut Butter as an ingredient, check out this King of Monte Cristo, compliments of Chef spike Mendelsohn.

The King of Monte Cristo with Peter Pan® Simply Ground Peanut Butter
Created By: Chef Spike Mendelsohn
8 slices country bread
1/2 c Peter Pan® Simply Ground Original Peanut Butter
 ¾ c banana slices
8 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cooked 
 2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp cinnamon powder
4 tsp butter
1.       Spread bread with Peter Pan® Simply Ground Original Peanut Butter; fill with bananas and bacon to make 2 sandwiches. Press edges of sandwiches together to seal.
2.       Heat large skillet, add butter and melt on medium heat.
3.       Whisk egg, cinnamon and milk in bowl until well blended.
4.       Add sandwiches, 1 at a time, turning to evenly moisten.
5.       Add sandwiches to skillet; cook 2 min. on each side or until golden brown.
Blackberry jam
1 c blackberry preserves
1 tbsp water
1.       In a pot add the preserves and water, heat until smooth.
2.       Serve on the side

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