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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