About a year ago, I saw a recipe on the New York Times website for a  peanut butter and pickle sandwich. The word recipe to describe this is a bit of a stretch, but for lack of a better word, this “recipe” got stuck in my head. The directions are in the name, peanut butter and pickles between bread; minimalist cooking at its finest.

This concoction sounds like the cravings of a woman pregnant with triplets. Or maybe the “genius” creation at 4am due to three joints, an empty fridge, and insatiable munchies.

It took me a year to finally try this amalgamation of ingredients. I think it took me so long because somewhere inside me I was afraid I would actually like it. That it would become my new normal and I would have to endlessly explain to people why my lunch looked and smelled so weird.

I waited until nobody was home and assembled my PB&P sandwich. After the first bite I knew that my fears were justified. The sandwich was, unfortunately, amazing. The creaminess of the peanut butter is cut with the tangy juiciness fo the pickles. It was the perfect mix of sweet, salty and sour.

Not to get to technical here, but the residual fluid in the pickles provides the perfect amount of lubrication that prevents the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of your mouth; no glass of milk needed here. Even the texture was improved by the addition of the  pickles which provide a crunch and resistance that is so desirable in food.

But who’s to say it’s a strange combination? I’m sure the first time someone combined jam with peanut butter it was seen as odd and unconventional. Actually, when you think about it,  jam is the least logical ingredient to add to a peanut butter sandwich; it’s just as gloopy and sticky as peanut butter and even harder to spread.


Well below is the “recipe”, try it the next time you are home alone, or have the munchies, or pregnant with triplets.


PB&P Sandwich (That’s Peanut Butter & Pickles)

PB&P Sandwich (That’s Peanut Butter & Pickles)

This combination is surprisingly agreeable.


  • Bread
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pickles


  1. To stay true to the sandwich, I went with chewy white bread, sugary peanut butter, and sweet pickles. None of that wholewheat bread, all natural peanut butter, and artisanal homemade pickles.
  2. Spread a generous layer of peanut butter on both pieces of breads.
  3. Add a layer of pickles on one side.
  4. Combine and eat.

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