Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise

I saw that Garden and Gun has an article on line identifying “Six Sandwiches You Should Try Today.”  I don’t think they mean you should try all six today, but I did try one: Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise.

Peanut butter and mayonnaise used to be common in some areas of the South back when everyone was poor.  Well, almost everyone.  I don’t specifically recall ever having had one as a child.  My mother, Dear, often had mayonnaise sandwiches back during the Depression.  The lunch sandwiches of my youth, other than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, usually involved mayonnaise and white bread: sliced olives and mayonnaise; pimiento cheese with dill pickles and iceberg lettuce, Swiss cheese with pickle and iceberg lettuce; and a single slice of tinned pineapple with mayonnaise.  I also had ham sandwiches, with one slice of ham — sometimes with mustard and dill pickle.  I still frequently eat each of those, except for the tinned pineapple.  I always use preserves rather than jelly, and the days of a single slice of ham are long gone.  My favorite lunch was leftover fried chicken, which I usually had on field trips.

But I never had a peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich.  So I decided to try one.  After all, I’d tried a Guberburger.

I used Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter, Hellmann’s mayonnaise, both of which are brands to which I am committed, having been raised on them.   Use Duke’s if you like.  This is America and you can use any mayonnaise you like.  I used Whole Foods White Sandwich Bread, which is just okay.  (I dislike the taste of much whole wheat bread, and peanut butter on rye or pumpernickel is just wrong.)

I liked it.  The mayonnaise adds a nice note of tartness which marries well with the peanut butter.  It’s a savory alternative to the usual sweet ingredients — jams and preserves or bananas — in peanut butter sandwiches.  You should give it a try.

I wonder what peanut butter and mayonnaise would be like with a couple of strips of bacon.


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7 thoughts on “Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise

  1. Peanut butter and mayonaice. My influence with scared in the kitchen must be wearing off on you. How about peanut and butter and banana with 12 diced bananas or the all time favorite oatmeal and sardine suprise.


  2. To me, mayonnaise is a no go except if stirred into a tuna or chicken salad or slaw or some salad dressing. Never have liked it on bread…yuck.


  3. Like you, I grew up in the South. My mother was born in 1929, and undoubtedly experienced the remnants of the Great Depression. She was very thrifty and careful all of her life. She raised four children, almost single-handedly, and was a wonderful cook. We would have our “big meal” at lunchtime on Sundays—fried chicken or pot roast, and all of the fixings. For dinner, it was always peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches on white bread with sliced bananas! We happily munched away while watching Bonanza on our small TV. Great memories. Try this combo with banana next time. The addition of the banana really makes the sandwich sing!

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    1. I will! It sounds good. And thanks for the lovely childhood memories. It takes me back, too, Bonanza and all. Although we always had chili or sometimes canned hot tamales on Sunday night. My father was a big fan.


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