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Anyone else a fan of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”? Do you remember the “Grilled Charlie”? Here’s how you make a true Grilled Charlie. This may not be an exact replica of the Grilled Charlie, but it’s the most I could stomach. Adding crunchy peanut butter to a grilled cheese adds nuttiness, good texture, and more gooey goodness. Remember, everything is better with peanut butter.


2 slices whole wheat bread
1 or 2 slices American cheese
2 Tbsp crunchy peanut butter w/ salt
1 tsp butter


Spread peanut butter onto one slice of bread, then top with cheese and remaining slice of bread. Spread half of the butter on one side of the sandwich and place the other half in a small skillet. Heat the skillet on medium heat. When the butter is melted, place the sandwich (un-buttered side down) into the skillet and cover with a lid. Flip when the bottom is brown and crispy, about 2 minutes. Cover and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Filed in Main Course, Peanut Butter, Snack, Vegetarian

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  1. Chuck says:

    I’ve heard of this many time but never actually done… I just may now give it a try man!

    • Nick says:

      Good. Do it! You’ll like it.

  2. Melleah says:

    This looks fantastic! My favorite sandwich is a grilled PB&J, but I will have to try your PB&C(heese).

    • Nick says:

      Do it, it’s surprisingly not gross!

  3. Julia Dawn Mason says:

    After I get paid tomorrow, I will have to try it.

  4. Wow, cool idea! I’m sure my son would love it.
    Glad I found your site – I am a peanut addict myself. Let me know what you think of the peanut flour!

    Wishing you the best in 2011!

    • Nick says:

      You as well! If you have any special peanut butter recipes or uses let me know!

      I’m using the peanut flour a lot so far, mostly for protein shakes but also for crepes, a recipe I’ll post soon.

  5. Bren says:

    add some banana slices and you’ve got a great nostalgic treat! love it.

    • Nick says:

      That sounds like a whole bunch of craziness Bren, I may have to try it! Now – what about a peanut butter flan?

  6. ryan says:

    eat it in 1 mouthful

    • Nick says:

      I think that might cut the roof of your mouth, but hey, give it a shot.

  7. I can imagine this being quite dreamy indeed!

    • Nick says:

      It’s quite unique – you gotta try it!

  8. yummm….
    I just found your blog today and I have enjoyed reading thru all the recipes-
    I used to eat a sandwich growing up with PB, cheese and bacon. Not too healthy but oh so good together!!

    • Nick says:

      Mmm, bacon sounds like a good addition. I thought I was the only one crazy enough to mash peanut butter and cheese together – it’s great to find another freak =)

  9. Sasha says:

    Honestly I loved Peanut Butter and Cheez Whiz on toast for years. Even in a Sandwich. Never buy Cheez Whiz anymore so I haven’t had it in a while. But I sometimes do english muffin topped with peanut butter and sliced cheese. Pretty good but not as good as Cheez Whiz! This version looks good too!

    • Nick says:

      Wow, Cheez Whiz? Sounds crazy enough to work! If you don’t plan to buy Cheez Whiz than I suppose this is your second best option?

      You know what kind of tastes like Cheez Whiz? Those cheese balls/logs you can get. I just got one the other day that’s a spreadable cheddar cheese and coated in sliced almonds. Tastes surprisingly like Cheez Whiz – I’ll have to make a PB&C with it!

  10. pete says:

    I like the peanut butter melted on the toast, then fresh cheese thinnly sliced in the middle afterwards – the difference in texture/temperature adds an extra dimension to a toasted sandwich

    • Nick says:

      Wait, so you’re saying that you toast the bread first, then spread on the peanut butter, then place cheese on top of the peanut butter, assemble, and toast the whole thing again in a pan?

  11. pete says:

    no, i meant keep the cheese unmelted

    • Nick says:

      1. Toast 2 slices bread
      2. Spread peanut butter onto one/both
      3. Fresh sliced cheese in the middle
      4. Consume?

  12. pete says:

    Yeah, Thats the one! Not as messy or sickly as the full-on melted behemoth.

  13. Rob says:

    Been wanting to try this, do you think muenster cheese would be tasty? or cooper sharp (my fav!)..

    food for thought: I eat tuna/peanut butter sandwhiches everyday, PROTEIN! :D

    • Nick says:

      Definitely! Any cheese would be delicious!

      Just canned tuna and peanut butter on bread? Nothing else? That sounds rather dry….

  14. Anne says:

    peanut butter and cheese (especially orange cheddar cheese) on a bagel are great. Another really good one is peanut butter and cream cheese on a bagel or toast.

    • Nick says:

      Peanut Butter and cream cheese? I’ll have to try that one next!

  15. Lisa says:

    I’ve been eating peanut butter and cheese on toast since 1975. I’ve never encountered another human being familiar with this combination(and I’ve lived all over this country). Every time I eat it, people look at me like I have three heads.Does anyone know where the combo originated?

    • Nick says:

      Wow – I didn’t realize it’s been “a thing” for so long! I have no idea where it originated, except that I could see it originating from WWII. I’ve heard stories of how peanut butter was used to stretch out meals in place of meat. Peanut Butter & Tomato on Toast and Peanut Butter in Cereal are 2 such recipes that come to mind. Maybe Peanut Butter Grilled Cheese originated the same way?

      • Brandon says:

        It originated from Marijuana.

  16. Andrea says:

    I didn’t know that there were other people into combining peanut Burr and cheese either?! Cool! My sister and I have been eating today with melted peanut butter, with freshly cut cheese (like Pete) for over two decades! Except ours is an open faced sandwich. :) Never thought to melt the cheese either. Lol

    • Nick says:

      That just goes to show how important the temperature of each ingredient is! I’ve done peanut butter and cold cheese on crackers, and it’s delicious. I suggest you try melting both ingredients and see if you like it!

  17. Andrea says:


    Autocorrect lol

  18. Evan L says:

    you know, my buddy made me a peanut butter quesadilla last weekend and i found it pretty dang awesome. surprisingly, in fact. had to try this one. incredible. great work.

    • Nick says:

      Awesome! I have to try it in a quesadilla – I make cheese quesadillas all the time for my daughter.

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