How To Make A Peanut Butter And Pickle Sandwich
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When I was in sixth grade, for part of the year I had art class. In that class, I had a male classmate who was more disruptive than anything else. This was especially true of him in art class where the teacher was less than skilled than the other teachers at getting students to sit down and shut up. For the most part, I was able to ignore him.

However, one day, he was talking about food and he said that he had a sandwich that was really good that he liked to make. He did not know much about me, but he knew that I loved to cook. When I asked him how he made the sandwich, he did not answer right away. Instead, he looked at me, tilted his head, and said, “Wouldn’t you like to know…”

Eventually, he said that the sandwich was made with peanut butter and pickles. I saw his delighted expression become dejected when I wrinkled my nose and shook my head.

He asserted, “You can’t knock it until you try it! You just can’t! It tastes delicious. Especially if you use crunchy peanut butter. That really is the only kind!” He saw my subtle nod and smile and grinned. “And dill pickles. The contrast between the slightly sweet peanut butter and the salty pickle is amazing.”

I said that I did not like sweet pickles anyway so no problem there.

More than a week later, on a Friday afternoon, I decided that I was ready to try the sandwich. I chose to use a Kaiser roll with sesame seeds on top because I have always liked sesame bagels.

I cut the roll in half and put two tablespoons of peanut butter on the inside of each half. Then I put one layer of deli sliced dill pickles on the bottom half. I turned the top half over and put it in place.

My expectations were low. But then I took a bite. I experienced my teeth going through the soft roll and going through the peanut butter and the pickle. I chewed it slowly so I could think about what I thought.

After the first bite, though, I decided that the sandwich was something that I liked. And I liked it more than just a little bit. I finished the rest.

When I saw my classmate the next week, I thanked him for telling me about a sandwich type that is unusual but delicious.

Though my classmate did not say anything, he smiled, with his whole face.


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