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AoM Month of Sandwiches Day #14: The PB&J Hot Dog

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Welcome to Day #14 of the AoM sandwich project. Last month we asked readers for their best sandwich recommendations. Out of 483 submissions, we picked 20 to highlight here on the site each weekday during the month of April. At the end, we’ll publish all the entries into an epic man-sandwich cookbook. Enjoy.

Today’s Sandwich: The PB&J Hot Dog by Scott

We got A LOT of submissions for PB&J variations. I honestly can’t tell you why, but this one caught my attention — I suppose because it seemed a little more “out there” than the other submissions. But at the same time, peanut butter and jelly are both fairly common ingredients at fun burger places, so I figured why not try it with a different variant of meat: the hot dog. I modified the recipe just a little, as to combine a couple different ideas from readers, but Scott deserves all the credit here for the idea. Let’s see how it holds up.

Ingredients

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  • 2 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 hot dogs
  • Peanut butter (I prefer creamy)
  • Jam (I went with blackberry)
  • Butter

Step 1: Cut Hot Dogs Lengthwise and Fry

Cut it right down the middle lengthwise.

Cut it right down the middle lengthwise.

You'll end up with four slices of hot dog. Throw 'em on a skillet for a few minutes (no picture, sorry).

You’ll end up with four slices of hot dog. Throw ‘em on a skillet for a few minutes (no picture, sorry).

Fried up hot dogs. Scott mentioned applying pressure so they don't curl up. Good advice. I turned my back on them and they had curled up. Applying some pressure at that point was just fine though and they retained a mostly normal shape.

Fried up hot dogs. Scott mentioned applying pressure so they don’t curl up. Good advice. I turned my back on them and they had curled up. Applying some pressure at that point was just fine though and they retained a mostly normal shape.

Step 2: Apply Peanut Butter and Jam to Bread

I buttered one side of the bread (for grilled cheese-style grilling), then flipped over and gave one piece jam and the other piece peanut butter.

I buttered one side of the bread (for grilled cheese-style grilling), then flipped over and gave one piece jam and the other piece peanut butter.

Step 3: Grill

First up, the slice of peanut buttered bread.

This is where I deviated from Scott’s recipe. His suggestion was to just toast the bread, and then apply the PB&J and hot dogs. We had quite a few reader suggestions, however, for a grilled PB&J. So I combined the two ideas. First up on the skillet, the slice of peanut buttered bread.

Then the hot dog slices. The four pieces perfectly cover the piece of bread. Then slap on the jellied piece of bread. Cook just like you would a grilled cheese. It's a little tricky to flip, so be prepared.

Then the hot dog slices. The four pieces have perfect coverage. Then slap on the jellied piece of bread. Cook just like you would a grilled cheese. It’s a little tricky to flip, so be prepared.

Final Product

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Taster’s Notes

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This was quite an interesting sandwich. Logistically, it was super messy. Grilling up peanut butter and jelly makes it all gooey and sloppy. I wasn’t in love with the hot dog, but it definitely wasn’t bad. This would be a good sandwich if you’re doing yardwork on a weekend and want something quick and easy, but a little heartier than just PB&J. It seemed like more prep than it really was — probably 10 minutes total, if that. It also has ingredients that any good man would regularly have in his house: peanut butter, jam, and hot dogs. It’s like two great American traditions rolled into one sandwich.


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