This Is Why We’re Fat

Some nights, all those things that are healthy-but-delicious seem like too much work, and don’t seem gratifying enough for the amount of work required.  We had one of those nights like that last week, when I was working too late, and dinner hadn’t been decided yet.  Nights like that are one reason we’re fat.

Because on a night like that, when an idea like “Grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches” manifests itself, it will not be denied until it is brought to fruition (and has Nutella added to it.)

And since I’m never one to make just one recipe when I could make two or more, why not make a sweet grilled “cheese” with neufchatel and strawberry preserves too?

Grilled Peanut Butter Banana Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • Cinnamon raisin bread
  • Peanut butter — the creaminess of something like Jif, vs. a natural peanut butter seemed essential here
  • Nutella
  • Banana
  • Butter (room temperature)

Slice a banana into medallions somewhere between 1/3″ and 1/2″ thick.  Cook the bananas in a pan over medium heat until they’re softening and caramelizing a bit.  While the bananas are cooking, butter one side of two pieces of cinnamon raisin bread.  Cover the other side of one with peanut butter , and cover the other side of the other piece with Nutella.  Melt some more butter in a skillet and places the peanut-buttered slice in the pan, butter-side down.  Add the caramelized bananas, gluing them in place in the peanut butter, then put the Nutella bread slice on top…ok, ok, you know how to make a grilled sandwich…

We used Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Spread for this, because I had heard good things about that line of products, and hadn’t tried it yet.  Its coarser than Nutella, and less sweet.  I actually liked that in this preparation, where the bananas were already plenty sweet.

Grilled Neufchatel, Banana and Strawberry Jam Sandwich

This might have turned out better not as a grilled sandwich, but instead with the cheese and jam mixed together on toast — the jam melts too much on the skillet and ran out the sides more than I liked.  It was still delicious though.

Ingredients

  • Bread (I used Manini’s Mirocolo Pane for this)
  • Neufchatel (or cream cheese)
  • Banana
  • Strawberry Jam

Caramelize the bananas as above, and assemble the sandwich pretty much the same with, but with neufchatel and jam instead of peanut butter and Nutella.

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