We all need some extra TLC these days. Is there anything more comforting than a soft, gooey peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Whether you’re 4 or 40, it’s always a treat to find this classic on your plate. Check out how these local restaurants are putting a spin on PB&J, and even a couple you can make at home.
The Butchery is a premier butcher shop and gourmet grocer. And their deli serves one mean PB&J. The classic gets elevated with pepper jam and a stack of smokey bacon, sandwiched between peanut butter and honey on fresh ciabatta bread. The Butchery is offering pickup and curbside service at all locations and you can stock up on their meat and grocery staples too. Pick up some of their Salmon Creek Farms thick-sliced bacon for this recipe.
415 S. Associated Rd., Brea
The Butchery’s PB&J Sandwich Recipe:
2 slices bread of your choice — white, wheat or ciabatta
1 teaspoon butter (optional)
2 teaspoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoon Maureen’s Gourmet Pepper Jam
3 crispy strips of Salmon Creek Farms thick-sliced bacon from The Butchery
Instructions: Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place bacon on cookie baking sheet and place in oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is EXTRA crispy. On one side of each piece of bread, spread peanut butter and jelly. Add cooked bacon and drizzle honey on top. Optional: Butter the outside of the bread and toast each side of the sandwich for added flavor and crunch.
Chef Rachel Klemek may have won the cake episode of Food Network’s “Chopped Sweets Showdown!” but she knows a thing or two about sandwiches too. Blackmarket Bakery offers a daily selection of fresh sammies and their Über PBJ is not to be missed. Fresh peanut butter, chunky mixed berry jam, toasted almonds and fresh berries get spread on toasted sunflower sourdough for a sweet and nutty combo. Blackmarket is offering takeout and curbside pickup at this location. Some menu items are available for delivery via Postmates and DoorDash.
2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa
Elvis is said to have enjoyed the occasional peanut butter and banana sandwich. Jamba Juice creates a healthy version with peanut butter, bananas, honey, blueberries and chia seeds on seeded multigrain toast. Trust us when we say it’s a “hunk of burning love.” It pairs perfectly with the Whirl’d Famous peanut butter and banana protein smoothie. You can order takeout from the store or use the Jamba Juice app or website to order delivery.
14409 Culver Dr., Irvine
In an inconceivable version of a childhood favorite, the P.B. & Jellousy burger marries sweet with savory in a truly unexpected way. This creation features an Angus ground beef patty, a smear of natural peanut butter, strawberry jelly and thick-cut bacon slices on a honey wheat bun. You can order a Slaterized version too, which means they’ll add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Slater’s 50/50 in Anaheim Hills is offering curbside pickup and guests can order ahead via phone and online. Or you can make your own version at home by following the recipe below. Get ready for this jelly!
6362 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim Hills
P.B. & Jellousy Burger Recipe:
1 whole wheat bun
1 tbsp. butter
1/3 lb. Angus ground beef
1 tbsp. strawberry jelly
2 tbsp. peanut butter
2 strips thick-cut bacon
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Instructions: Heat frying pan to medium-high heat. Cook bacon in pan for 3-4 minutes per side. Shape ground beef into patty and cook in bacon grease for 6-7 minutes per side. Spread butter onto both buns and toast in pan for 2-3 minutes until slightly browned and crisp. Spread peanut butter on both buns and strawberry jelly on top bun. Add burger patty to bottom bun and top with bacon. Finish with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the bacon and burger patty, finish with top bun and enjoy!
— Sarah Mosqueda