More often than not, lunch for me is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich so when I caught sight of a “peanut butter” in a front-page headline of yesterday’s New York Times food section, I went right to the story. But the “and” following this story’s peanut butter was not jelly, but pickles. Yes, spread peanut butter on white bread, layer on some bread and butter pickle slices, and you have a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. The article’s author concedes that this delicacy lurks “just below the radar” and gives us some historical context:
The sandwiches appeared on lunch-counter menus during the Great Depression and in extension-service cookbooks in the 1930s and ’40s in recipes that generally called for a few spoonfuls of pickle relish. A lot of people’s grandmothers used to eat them. These days, they’re a cult item.
Has anyone ever heard of this? When I consider trying one, my imagination bounces between fascination and revulsion. Still, I’ll probably give it a try one of these days.