If you’ve been to the Peanut Butter & Co. Sandwich Shop in NYC you may have seen the Peanut Butter BLT on the menu. The only difference between that and a normal BLT is using peanut butter instead of mayonnaise. I hate mayonnaise but love BLT’s and the peanut butter version is quite tasty. But I’m sharing something different with you today. Instead of Peanut Butter BLT’s, how about some Peanut Butter T’s? No, not T-shirts (although I have a great shirt idea but am in need of an artist), but Peanut Butter Tomato sandwiches. Not really a sandwich, more like on toast…and for breakfast.
As strange as it sounds, I didn’t come up with this. I received an email from a reader named Dan who told me that his mom used to make him this for breakfast when he was young. I wanted to know more so I asked him to dig up some info. Dan’s mother, now 83, used to have it for breakfast growing up in West Virginia when her mother (Dan’s grandmother) would make it for her. Dan’s mother was born in 1925, about 30 years after peanut butter was first invented, but smooth peanut butter wasn’t commercially available until about 1928 when Peter Pan was founded. She missed the Universal Exposition of 1904 (and unfortunately so did I) where plain peanut butter sandwiches were all the rave, but she was born at a very exciting time for Americans (can you imagine a world without peanut butter?). Our old friend, the PB&J, wasn’t invented until after 1940, so she enjoyed what can only be one of the first peanut butter creations: Peanut Butter and Tomato on Toast. How can you not try this historical peanut butter landmark?
In addition, I want to thank Kath from Katheats for sending me a jar of Earth Fare peanut butter! When I recently shared that I had found a great new peanut butter, I heard otherwise from Kath. She told me that while Whole Foods brand peanut butter was good, Earth Fare’s was even better. I had never heard of Earth Fare and for good reason, it’s a small chain in the southern US, an area I have yet to visit. She is so excited about this peanut butter that she went to the trouble of shipping me a jar. While the shipping price was probably twice the price of the jar, it was worth it. This is some great peanut butter. It’s a no-stir creamy peanut butter with a touch of salt and sugar. The amount of sugar was perfect and greatly added to the fresh roasted nutty taste. Thanks again Kath! You’ll be receiving a package shortly too =). By the way, let me add that if anyone wants to send me peanut butter then feel free!
1 slice whole grain bread
1T creamy natural peanut butter
1 thick slice of a large local tomato
kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1. Toast the bread, spread on peanut butter and top with tomato. Sprinkle on salt and plenty of pepper. Eat with a knife and fork.
I was impressed at how good this was. I had it for a midday snack but could definitely see eating it for breakfast. Apparently, Dan has it for breakfast to this day and he suggests adding some bacon underneath the tomato for an extra treat!