I am a sucker for any recipe that has a superlative in its name: deluxe, luscious, spectacular, impossible, amazing–so it’s no surprise that I was drawn to Peanut Butter Special from Better Homes & Gardens Cooking for Two.
Also, the chapter was titled “Sandwiches–Good for a Twosome.” But we all know that sandwiches are best for a threesome (ba-da-dum ching! I’ll be here all week! Try the veal!).
Yeah, so Peanut Butter Special. It’s a peanut butter sandwich. So what is it that makes it so frickin’ special? Seems standard: an apple, and some applesauce and…
BACON. Frickin’ bacon. Who knew that in 1977 Better Homes & Gardens predicted that bacon would be so ubiquitous in highbrow and lowbrow cuisine come the second decade of the 21st century?
So I did as I was told and I mixed in some crunchy bacon bits to the peanut butter and applesauce and spread it on margarine-topped, Granny Smith apple-lined Wonder Bread.
Shit, this was insanely rich. I think the strongest flavor was margarine (it did say to butter bread generously). This sandwich was so wrong texturally, as well. It was soft bread, soft spread, apple crunch and bacon chew simultaneously. I’m a fan of crunchy peanut butter but the fact that the bacon was chewy yet charred was quite unnerving.
And none of the flavors really melded, so it was the same with the taste. It was like a carousel of flavors. Each chew went like this: Wonder Bread! Margarine! Peanut Butter! Apple! Bacon! The applesauce never screamed at me, however.
Anyway, this wasn’t good. I only got through 1/2 of the sandwich. And although this was a dinner designed for two, I’d never serve this to anyone. Unless I hated them.