PB & pickles, moose nose and other wacky sandwiches from the peanut (butter) gallery
August 22nd, 2011
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Our commenters are on a bit of a roll.

Last week, our colleague Jo Parker extolled the virtues of her childhood sandwich favorite the peanut butter and Vidalia onions sandwich. She wrote in part, "The cool, crunchy sweetness of Vidalias pairs terrifically with the peanuttiness. Smooth or crunchy – up to you. I remember eating these as a girl in Illinois, but I really don’t know the sandwich’s pedigree."

In response, more than 200 readers served up love letters to their favorite non-traditional ‘wiches. They ranged from strawberry preserves paired with mayonnaise to peanut butter and…well, everything under the sun, stackable between two buns.

The many layers of onion love

I've got a couple that are great. Don't laugh until you try them! Sardines mixed with mustard, mayo (mix these three together to form a spread) and sliced raw onions on whole wheat. Also try sautéed liver with grilled onions, maple syrup and hot sauce on whole wheat. One of the best there is! - Redpearl

My grandpa goes one up on the PB and onion. His is peanut butter, onion and yellow mustard. I can’t eat onions but I do love me some PB and mustard sandwiches! - Tamra

I also enjoy PB & bologna & onion. - Julie

In a pickle!

Peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches on toasted bread are fantastic! They kind of remind me of Thai peanut dipping sauce paired with spring rolls. - Karl

Peanut butter, dill pickles & mayonnaise. My dad used to eat it when he was a kid and we love it too. My mom despises it. - Mrs Marvel

Peanut butter, mustard, and sweet pickle relish on toast, or wheat bread. - Pattigee

My best friend got pregnant in high school and I always had to try food with her. My favorite concoction was definitely creamy peanut butter with dill pickle chips covering the entire peanut butter spread. - MsAttitude

Peanut butter and Branston Pickle. I guess you have to be English to know what that even is, but when I find a jar over here in Seattle, I am delighted! - Chandira

PB, pickles, and bacon on plain white bread. YUM! - Dave

Peanut butter and sweet pickles...the BEST sandwich ever! - Christy

No shame in the mayonnaise game

Another delight was mayonnaise and strawberry preserve sandwiches. - MsAttitude

White bread, bologna, mayo, plain potato chips. - A-man

I love peanut butter and mayonnaise. My mom used to make these and bring them out to us as a snack when working in the field as a kid. Mmmmmmm. Gonna go make one right now. - Tarvakion Dar

Peanut Butter, Lettuce & Mayonnaise sandwiches! Especially with nice crisp iceberg or romaine lettuce and either Kraft or Hellman's mayo (a different but equally enjoyable choice). My grandmother used to eat them and now they are my favorite, and the subject of a lot of teasing from the uninitiated... Gonna have to try adding bacon after reading all of these posts! - JackM

Long live the PBnO

I have been eating PB and onion for 45 years, mmmmmmm - jack

I have loved peanut butter and onion sandwiches since I was a child in the 60's! - BBB

Growing up on the west side of Cleveland, mom would take me to Bearden's Restaurant. They had the best peanut butter and onion hamburgers! I've tried to re-create the taste, but nothing comes close. - clevelander

Wow. I can't believe someone else eats the exact same thing that my father loved: peanut butter and onion sandwiches! As much as I love onion, I could never develop a taste for it myself and I always thought it was just him. - Josef Melton

Bean there, ate that

Also peanut butter and jelly with bologna, cheese, mayo and baked beans. May the force be with you! - nrabill

Are you kidding, peanut butter and onion is the best, been eating them for years. I also like peanut butter and (believe it or not) baked beans and bacon, if I have any. Love It. - Bonboop

Refried beans spread on toast. Add onions and Miracle Whip. Poor man’s sandwich. The beans replace meat. - MaMarie

Pork and bean sandwiches: take a slice of bread and spread on drained pork and beans, cover with a slice of American cheese and two strips of bacon crossed over the top. Salt and pepper, then toast under the broiler until the cheese is melted and a little burned and bubbly. We had these a lot when I was a kid. Easy and cheap! - MomOf3

Much ado about Doritos

Peanut butter and jelly with Doritos - nrabill

First one not a sandwich but so good together! Doritos with a canned smoked oyster on top! YUM! This sandwich is to die for! English muffin (toast first) then place in the following order a slice of tomato, a slice of Swiss cheese, a dollop of mayo, sprinkle with dill and place in toaster oven until cheese is melted (have open-faced); YUM! - Ingrid

PBJ with Doritos on it, so crunchy! - lovemypbj

Peanut butter and dill pickles are an AWESOME duo! Love it! Especially with some good cheesy Doritos on the side! YUM! - tonia

Sounds fishy...

I'm a PB&B girl myself, but I remember this one sandwich from high school. Tuna fish, French onion dip, Kraft singles, brown mustard and corn chips on Mrs. Bairds white bread roared over a bunsen burner. We used to eat lunch in our science teacher's classroom. - Houstonian

Before I went vegetarian my favorite sandwich was a grilled blue cheese, anchovy and ketchup sandwich. Of course the house smelled for days! - Bob

Tuna salad & creamy Peter Pan peanut butter. Must be Peter Pan. - SpacedogFL

Growing up here in AK, I used to love a moose nose sandwich with my Uncle, he's full native Yupik. But a special treat was Mom's grilled cheese, seaweed and salmon – that takes me back! - Sourdough

Got a favorite wacky sandwich? We're hungry for more. Spread the love in the comments below.

Some comments have been edited for clarity.

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    May 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm |
  2. Janalee

    peanut butter, mayonaise and dill pickles are to die for.

    January 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
  3. Loralei

    I can make a sandwich out of anything when i'm hungry at night and don't want to wake anyone up by cooking! Sunflower seeds, green olives, butter, BBQ, cheese, and spices from the rack are frequent occurrences! Unfortunately, we don't keep a ton of stuff like that in our fridge or I would have tried so much more by now!

    December 5, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  4. فروشگاه اینترنتی

    Probably this blogs best post to date...

    November 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  5. Frugal Hausfrau

    Sounds crazy, but on "health nut" bread, layer on cream cheese, avocado and sunflower seeds. It's my favorite "junk" health food and it's crazy good.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  6. jetskis

    This makes perfect sense to me

    October 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  7. kim92eaton

    1. cheese and ketchup :))))) yummm use to make my babysitter make it for me, she though i was krazy! but still eat it all the time:)))) and if i have them spicy doritos!!!
    2. pb&marshmellow fluf but has to be on potato bread! :)))))
    3. adding spicy doritos to any smitch....perfection

    August 24, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  8. Luke

    Peanut butter, butter, toasted bread cooler ranch doritos

    August 24, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  9. Juahawaii

    american cheese and sweet pickles, miracle whip. got this one from my mom.

    August 24, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  10. Lizzie Bluebird

    On a cold winter night, white bread and hot chili /no beans spread on it. Very very good!

    August 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  11. Lizzie Bluebird

    Hot toast with Nutella!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg better than Se$!

    August 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  12. LP

    1. Liverwurst with miracle whip and sweet pickles slices.
    2. PB & bacon – a staple growing up.
    3. Butter and molasses, open-faced. We ate these as kids while waiting to change the clocks in the spring and fall at 2am.
    4. a grade-school friend's mom stirred together PB, butter, honey and dry milk powder and spread it on whole wheat – not bad!
    5. Fried bologna, yellow cheese, yellow mustard (one of my dad's)

    August 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  13. Mark Larezzo

    Cream cheese and diced green olives

    August 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • JL

      This is one of my faves!

      August 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • jillmarie

      That would be delicious on crackers! I'm not a sandwich person, except for grilled cheese.

      August 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • IHEG@ Jillmarie

        Ritz cracker with pepper jack cheese and a schmeer of cream cheese, Heavan!

        August 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  14. m

    white bread, Miracle Whip, nacho Doritos

    August 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  15. Sammie

    I have 2 favorite sandwiches. Tuna salad, Mircle Whip (no mayo for me) and potato chips on white bread. The second one is turkey, stuffing & jellied cranberry sauce on white bread

    August 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  16. BT

    not a sandwich but good none the less.........peanut butter on ritz cracker with marshmallow. heat in microwave for 10 seconds....mmmmmmmm tasty!

    August 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  17. IRENE

    I lived on peanut butter, banana, and chocolate syrup on whole wheat toast during pregnancy. Yummmm!

    August 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Mary

      I loved Peanut butter, marshmallows, and hot chocolate powder with raisins.

      August 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Weather Oar Knot@IRENE

      Are you that d@mned hurricane in the Atlantic? Will you please hurry up and make up your mind where you're going to hit. I don't have all day.

      August 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  18. Shannon

    Peanut Butter, Honey, and bacon bits. :)

    August 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  19. PBLover

    Olive loaf and mayo on white bread (back when I could still find olive loaf, which I admit I haven't seen in decades!).

    August 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  20. AnBMom

    i read through the majority of the replies here, but i don't remember seeing this one at all:

    grilled fluffernutter sandwich!! creamy peanut butter and marshmallow creme, grilled on good white bread....yummmmy

    August 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  21. CEMcGee

    Cream cheese and green olives on rye bread. The cream cheese keeps the bread from getting soggy from the olive juice. Mmmmm, I'm going to go make one right now.

    August 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • CEMcGee

      Oh, and my favorite as a kid when I went to Grandma's: alternating slices of bologna and that gross individually wrapped American cheese piled at least 2 inches high with no bread, and a glass of iced tea.

      August 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Ronda

      My mom used to pack me olive and cream cheese sandwiches for school! I was so embarrassed . . . She wanted to give me variety. I just wanted pb&j every day like everyone else!

      August 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
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