Detail from the cover of The Jimtown Store Cookbook
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This book, recommended by food writer Heidi Swanson, offers "tasty, updated, easy, al fresco fare." This sandwich's acronym translates to peanut butter, pepper jelly, & bacon.
Decoded this stands for peanut butter, pepper jelly, & bacon. Vegetarians can substitute Smart Bacon for the real stuff, and it still tastes great.
8 slices firm white or whole-wheat sandwich bread or 5-inch sections baguette bread split horizontally, toasted
3 tablespoons good-quality, fairly spicy, pepper jelly (e.g. Tierra Farms Hot Pepper Jam)
3 tablespoons peanut butter
12 strips good-quality bacon (e.g. Hobbs' Applewood Smoked Bacon), cooked crisp and still warm
4 large leaves red-leaf lettuce, optional
1. Spread one side of each of 4 pieces of toast with pepper jelly, dividing it evenly and using it all. Spread one side of each of the other 4 pieces of toast with the peanut butter, dividing it evenly and using it all. Lay 3 strips of bacon over each of the pepper jam-covered slices of bread. Top the bacon with the lettuce, if you are using it. Set the peanut butter-covered slices of toast in place.
2. With a serrated knife, cut the sandwiches in half diagonally and serve immediately.
VARIATION: For a completely different but equally delicious sandwich, replace some or all of the peanut butter with room- temperature, stabilizer-free cream cheese.
Recipe from the Jimtown Store Cookbook by Carrie Brown, John Werner, and Michael McLaughlin