Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich

This sandwich does not necessarily need a recipe, given its simplicity. But it’s an unlikely pairing, is peanut butter and pickle, and sometimes that is what a recipe is for — to prod you in a direction that you never considered. Dwight Garner, a book critic for The Times, makes a strong case for this, his favorite sandwich, calling it “a thrifty and unacknowledged American classic.” The vinegary snap of the pickles tempers the unctuousness of the peanut butter, and it’s an unusual pantry sandwich for when luncheon meats leave you cold.


  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • Unsalted butter, if desired
  • Peanut butter
  • Bread-and-butter pickles

    1 sandwich


    1. (To bump up the decadence level, you can toast the bread and spread butter on it before proceeding.) Spread peanut butter on both slices of bread.
    2. Place an overlapping row of pickles on one slice.
    3. Cover with the other slice. Consume.

    90 seconds

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