We are really forcing spring around here. It’s the kind of forcing that happens in the mornings, right when you wake up, sun shining in the windows and birds chirping. It’s Spring! You throw open the windows for the fresh air and breathe in. You pile on layers of sweaters and sip your tea, shivering. But ten minutes later, you wimp out and regrettably shut the windows because it’s still only 50 degrees no matter how much you want it not to be.
Hopefully this week is the last of it, but we are still in this half-way stage of spring. On one hand, we want our drinks to be fresh and light, like the gin mint lemonade cocktail we are hooked on. On the other hand, when the sun goes down, we still crave the comfort food of winter. And this week especially, in our beautiful city of Boston, we need a lot of comfort. The ultimate comfort food for me is a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It brings back lovely memories of my dad cooking this sandwich for my brother and me. So go grab your skillet and some friends, and share some comfort food with the people you love.
Grilled Peanut Butter & Jelly
You can make this on any bread, but homemade would be the best! We use crunchy, unsalted peanut butter, but it tastes best with whichever kind is your favorite. My all-time favorite “eat the whole jar with a spoon” jelly is Trader Joe’s Cherry Preserves.
Makes 1 great sandwich2 slices of your favorite bread (the less holes the better!) Your favorite crunchy or smooth unsalted peanut butter Your favorite jelly or preserves 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
Preheat a cast-iron skillet of low-medium heat. Spread the peanut butter on one slice of bread and the jelly on the other. Put the two slices together to make the sandwich. Drop the butter in the skillet. Once melted, put the sandwich in the skillet and let it grill for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and toasted. Carefully remove the sandwich and cut in half. Serve and enjoy immediately!
What is your favorite comfort food? Do you usually enjoy making it or does it always taste better when someone else makes it for you? We’d love to hear your thoughts and recipes!
If you’d like to add more comfort to people’s lives, you can donate to the One Fund Boston to help those affected by the tragic events this week.