Put Some Plantain Chips in Your PB&J

Photo: Joel Cunningham

“Put some potato chips in there” is a sandwich hack so timeworn, I’m hesitant to characterize it as something greater than typically accepted knowledge at this level. What sandwich wouldn’t profit from further salt and texture? Who really prefers a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with out a hidden layer of fried potato (ideally the salt & vinegar type)?

But what if you happen to took this tried-and-examined formulation one step past? What if you happen to used it to carry collectively—and elevate—two basic sandwiches: the PB&J and the “Elvis” (classically understood to check with peanut butter and banana between two slices of bread, usually toasted)?

My inspiration for this try at fusing two iconic sandwiches was born out of desperation: I waited too lengthy to make lunch yesterday and didn’t have time to choose up my deliberate meal (falafel over rice from the cart by Target) earlier than a gathering, however we had been additionally out of chips, which meant my hasty substitution (a PB&J) was sure to disappoint. Unless…

Spotting a bag of Trader Joe’s plantain chips within the pantry, the thought occurred to me: After all, why not? Why shouldn’t I make a crunchy different to the Elvis—which at all times struck me as a tad too texturally uniform to fulfill me; I’ll save the sandwiches I can eat with out tooth for once I not have tooth. (Shouldn’t be too lengthy! Dental care is prohibitively costly!)

So I ran the thought by Lifehacker’s resident sandwich guru, Claire Lower:

Screenshot: Joel Cunningham

So blessed, I proceeded to make a PB&J in my traditional approach (a 75/25 ratio of peanut butter to jelly—although I really favor raspberry preserves), however as a substitute of salt & vinegar or dill chips, I lined the peanut butter facet in a decent layer of plantain chips.

The outcomes did, certainly, fuck, marrying the pleasing textural number of a PB&J and chips with the essence of banana that defines the Elvis, and with out including unpalatably yielding contemporary fruit into the combination. And I didn’t even toast the bread first. That would most likely additionally fuck, however I’ve to ask Claire.