Sunday, September 9, 2012

Peanut Butter, Mayonnaise and Lettuce Sandwich

Yes, you read that right...Peanut Butter, Mayonnaise & Lettuce Sandwich. How can something that sounds so wrong, taste so right.


(Often made with Miracle Whip instead instead of mayonnaise - my personal favorite)

I grew up on this and haven't had one since I was about 10 years old. This was one of my grandparents' favorite sandwiches.  I was told this sandwich was born during the Great Depression and became a family favorite. 


I did a little research on google and found a list of meals over on The Survival Momthat were born during the Great Depression. Head here to see the interesting list.  

What strange family food did you grow up with?

This afternoon I took a trip down memory lane and made one. It was pretty darn good, but could never compare to the ones made in my grandparents' kitchen.  


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cheers!

93 comments:

It's All Connected said...

I'm laughing at this because I like peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches. No mayo for me, but the lettuce cuts the stickiness of the peanut butter. Going over to check out that site! ~ Maureen

Mary ~ said...

Hi Maureen ~ Always nice to see you here! I love the crunch of lettuce of the with the sandwich, and your right, it does help with the stickiness! I hope you have a wonderful week! *I hit the wrong place to reply...so I copied & pasted my reply from earlier. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

jamiewhitewyatt said...

Add bananas, and you have one of my childhood favorites!

Mary said...

Jamie, Yum, I will! Thanks for the tip! And thanks for this visit! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Bruised Orange said...

We ate peanut butter, Mayo and pickle sandwiches (known as dorm room sandwiches). I only ever ate them drunk, but they were awesome.

Bruised Orange said...

We ate peanut butter, Mayo and pickle sandwiches (known as dorm room sandwiches). I only ever ate them drunk, but they were awesome.

Deanna Schiesser said...

My sister once made a peanut butter, mayo, and oatmeal sandwich when we were kids and she said it was good.

Anonymous said...

I grew up on these and still eat at least one/month for lunch. It's a great sandwich and sticks with you...satisfying. Everybody gets grossed out when I mention it and they never even try it...what's up with that? Their loss...

Anonymous said...

Great with bacon..a "BLP"

Anonymous said...

As kids, we ate these with bacon too. The warmth of the fresh cooked bacon makes the PB melt. So good. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Even better on toasted bread!

Sheryl said...

Peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches were my go to after school snack in junior high. And I'm adding pickles to my grocery list now. Thanks for reminding me of that lovely yumminess!

abrowncow said...

peanut butter, bacon and mayo sandwiches are a favorite of mine. i do like a nice pressed peanut butter and banana sandwich too. i'll have to try it with some lettuce the next time i whip one up.

Val in MN said...

I've always loved PB and and a slice of cheese. The fam thinks I'm nuts! I think the lettuce would add some cool crispiness.

Anonymous said...

They are yummy, have you tried replacing the lettuce with cucumber?

lorrie said...

I will try this. For years my family has stared at me with doubt as I relished a tomato sandwich (wonder white bread, mayo, beefy slice of ripe tomato, salt...yum!), which I grew up with. A few months ago my husband finally took a bite of mine and said, "Holy cow!". I had to make him one, then another. ;)By the way, another favorite that doesn't sound like it goes together, but is amazing is bacon and peanut butter. And I do know that back east it's common to have a lobster bake and have lettuce sandwiches with it (iceberg lettuce, white bread and mayo).

Anonymous said...

My husband recently introduced me to Mayo/banana sandwiches. I was gagging at the thought but he insisted I tried it. Its one of my new favorites. I am pregnant, and I will be trying your sandwich this weekend!
Have you ever tried cranberry sauce and mayo? That is one of my favorite Thanksgiving Leftover sandwiches. Maybe throw in a little bit of leftover turkey.

Anonymous said...

When I was in college a friend introduced me to PBLT sandwiches - BLTs with peanut butter on the bacon side of the sandwich and mayo on the tomato side. Lettuce in the middle. So yummy!

Anonymous said...

My dad madge this sandwich with chedder cheese on it too. Sounds disgusting but is an awesome sandwich. If you can afford the calories and fat!

Christina Cole said...

I grew up on peanut butter and mayo on wheat. I still love it to this day, but I add bananas to it, too. Oh! It's so good! Then just the other day my husband fried or grilled similar to a grilled cheese, but it was a pb&J and he even added bacon to some. "Oh my goodness! It was delightful"! Both are a must try in my book! My grandmother, always use to say, "Don't knock it!, Until you try it"! :)

Anonymous said...

Ok, so I guess I am not odd for feeding my kids pb & fried egg sandwiches. Poor is the reason we discovered it, like was why we had them often

Anonymous said...

We always had BLTs with peanut butter. I was shocked when I went to college and people thought it was gross!

bev medcalf said...

i'll do you one better for weird sandwiches! my whole family eats peanut butter and miracle whip sandwiches but my grandma would make peanut butter, miracle whip and sweet pickle sandwiches! i still eat them to this day.

Amy Terry said...

As a kid growing up, my mom would make jam or jelly and cheese sandwiches. Usually strawberry jam with American cheese on white bread, but I also love grape or apple jelly with cheddar on wheat. Still one of my favorite snacks.

Gayle Eaton said...

My best friend grew up on peanut butter, jelly and bologna sandwiches.

Carol Bond said...

My family has always eaten pineapple and mayo sandwiches, and my great-grandparents used to eat onion and mayo sandwiches. My Gram introduced me to them and I actually like them too.

Anonymous said...

My foster mother had a awesome sandwich she wanted me to try, still like to this day. Mayo, on one side of the bread, butter on the other with cucumbers and red onions. Thought it sounded wierd when she first told me about it, but it was good. ♥ & miss you momma Kelder.

Abigail said...

My favorite sandwich growing up was peanut butter, mayo, and mustard. after it was pickles in place of mustard, with lettuce and tomato if we happened to have it. Might have to have one this weekend if I get around to making some bread....

Michelle A Coomes said...

Growing up my brother & I used to eat these. Wanna know why? PeeWee Herman made these on his show & so if it was good enough for PeeWee, we had to try it. And we both still love them!

Michelle A Coomes said...

My brother & I used to love these. Wanna know why? PeeWee Herman ate them & if it was good enough for PeeWee, we had to try it! Yum!

Cindy said...

I grew up on this sandwich too, love it!

Kristina said...

I probably won't be trying this anytime soon but I don't think it's all that weird. I grew up watching my brother eat peanut butter and pickle sandwiches and my father eating peanut butter and onion. I don't like pickles but tried the onion once. I prefer honey or homemade jelly.

Joanne Flowers said...

Pb and salami on toast. Yum

Anonymous said...

my mom used to eat syrup sandwiches. i always liked lettuce and jelly sandwiches

MelindaB said...

I used to eat American cheese and grape jelly sandwiches as a kid. I also liked applesauce on bread, but it was definitely not finger food!

I love BLTs with mayo, but now I'm tempted to try one with PB!

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid at camp, we used to eat peanut butter on cabbage leaves. YUM!!

Anonymous said...

We did peanut butter,tomato and mayo sandwiches for the last 60 years! Warm tomatoes straight from the garden add to this sandwich!

Anonymous said...

All of these sandwiches sound great! Going make one right now. Maybe I will make a new one up!

Norm said...

I love peanut butter and bread and butter pickle chips....the bread and butter pickle chips add a nice crunch to the sandwich.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Peanutbutter lettuce and cheese my fav!

Anonymous said...

Cream cheese and jam with a dill pickle slice, a couple of salt and vinegar chips, or sprinkled with salt if you don't have those. Try it!

David Harper said...

Onion and mustard sandwiches at my hoise

David Harper said...

I eat one every Saturday. With jam and bacon as well

latter-daymom said...

One of my favorites is peanut butter and sweet pickles with miracle whip. My husband, who loves pb won't even try it, and others think I am crazy, but too bad for them!

Megan brannan said...

Growing up we had either tomato and mayo sandwiches or peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and banana between 2 pieces of bread then grilled/fried.....soooooo yummy!

Anonymous said...

I heard about peanut butter dill pickle sandwiches through reading Kinsey Milhone mysteries. They're good with pb and bread and butter pickles, too. One try and I was a believer.

Anonymous said...

My older sister introduce this sandwich to me, but she also added jelly or jam and sliced bananas. I think she might have made these at a restaurant that she worked in the mid 1940's. Might sound not so good, but I still make one once in awhile.

Anonymous said...

Peanut butter, cheese, bologna, and apple are great together!

Janice said...

When I was a kid I ate sandwiches made from Miracle Whip and lettuce or just bread & Miracle Whip. I'd also make cooked wagon wheel pasta and tomato sauce heated together. Who needs fancyou when simple is yummt!

Anonymous said...

Will have to try this, my favorite is peanut butter and marshmellow fluff

Anonymous said...

I make peanut butter and lettuce with crispy bacon on white bread,,no mayo all the time. This is my all time fav

Anonymous said...

In out house it was peanut butter, tomato and mayo sandwiches. Lol. My dad and I still swear by them but the rest aren't brave enough to try.

Anonymous said...

I laughed out loud when I saw this sandwich! When I was a kid, and too young to read, I thought that the Miracle Whip in our fridge was Marshmallow Fluff! I've told people how I made PB and "Fluff" sandwiches and they laughed at me! Now I can tell them that I was just carrying on a tradition! LOL on them!

mel said...

Try it on a lightly buttered onion bun or everything bagel with strawberry jam.

suzybel56 said...

I never thought of lettuce, but I also added Cheez Whiz to mine, my favorite all time sandwich. I haven't had one in years, but I just got a hankering.

Anonymous said...

My dad has my 2 sons hooked on peanut butter and cole slaw sandwiches. Haven't been brave enough to try one ;). He doesn't eat meat therefore he has tried and contines to eat crazy things paired with PB....

Anonymous said...

Peanut Butter , Pickles, & American Cheese

Anonymous said...

Add pickles!!

Anonymous said...

That's funny. I just found your link to this all these years later. My fave after school snack was grape jelly on saltines--salt and sweet thing. My 87 yr. old mom just informed me they used to eat onion sandwiches in the depression. I frankly find that amazing since I never knew her to eat and onion on anything and she hates mayo. I guess it was lettuce and onion. lol

Suzi said...

My mom used to eat peanut butter and mayo sandwiches (no lettuce) when I was a kid. I never tried it and it still doesn't appeal to me. However after seeing this I guess she is not as crazy as I thought. I'll stick with peanut butter and dill pickles.

K Taylor Allerton said...

One of my favorite sandwiches is peanut butter, pickle relish, onion and mayo. So much better than it sounds! I love it.

K Taylor Allerton said...

I think I'm a long lost relative. I love peanut butter, pickle relish, onion and mayo.

K Taylor Allerton said...

Ok, we're getting closer - I'm finding my people here.
Peanut butter, pickle relish, onion and mayo!

Susan Noel said...

I grew up eating Peanut Butter and Mayo Sandwiches. But this is the first time I have heard of it with Lettuce. I will have to give it a try sometime. My Mamma grew up eating Peanut Butter and Mayo Sandwiches, she lived through part of the depression. Some wonderful recipes from all over the world sprang from the Great Depression and not just from America.

CC Pease said...

Peanut butter, banana slices, and miracle whip sandwich. YUMMY!

Anonymous said...

My Papaw used to eat peanut butter and sandwich spread sandwiches and I used to think it sounded awful. I never realized that it was probably because he used to eat them back then. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it helps me understand some of the things my Papaw used to eat a little better! (He was a wonderful cook and baker so it never made sense why he would like something that sounded so odd.)

Anonymous said...

Here's my contribution to weird [but crazy delicious] sandwiches. My daughter came up with grits, bacon and cheese on buttery toasted bread. Delicious. I love bologna, American cheese, mustard and bbq potato chips on white bread. My youngest daughter used to eat ketchup sandwiches. My oldest daughter loved margarine sandwiches. And, my mom makes mayonnaise and banana sandwiches.

Dawn said...

My grandmother fed peanut butter and mayo (no lettuce) sandwiches to my sister and I when we were growing up. She was a product of the depression error so I guess that makes sense. I still eat them pretty regularly. PB, mayo and banana is my favorite though. People think my sister and I are nuts but you can't knock it until you try it.

milissa said...

Peanut butter and radish sandwich for me! Sometimes with mayo sometimes not. My dad would add onions also but I never cared for it that way. My dad would make a sandwich out of anything on his plate and it was usually pretty darn good too! All his grandkids do the same thing. They learned from the best :-)

Anonymous said...

My great grandparents ate slice of bead topped with peanut butter, a pineapple ring and a slice of American cheese toasted under the broiler until the cheese and on are melted. Absolutely delicious!

Anonymous said...

I was raised not only on tomato sandwiches but also onion sandwiches. Butter, bread, and sliced yellow onion.

Anonymous said...

Lol me too. Onion sandwiches are awesome.

Anonymous said...

Try peanut butter and icycle (they are sweet) pickles.
Or try sour dough bread toasted with peanut butter, bacon and honey.

When I was little my Mom would make me mustard and green onion sandwiches. What have the younger ones missed?

Roz said...

I love tomato and miracle whip on toast. Or mashed avocado on toast

Anonymous said...

I have always liked tasty cheese and marmalade sandwiches. In the 50s in australia bread and dripping was the thing.spread thick with salt and pepper.Dripping is the scrapings of the roasting pan after it has gone cold andsoftish YUM...

Anonymous said...

We grew up eating tomato sandwiches (Miracle Whip and sliced tomatoes from the garden, on home-made bread.) Once we had a visitor from Germany come to our house. My mom threatened our lives if we made a tomato sandwich that meal. But the thing HE most wanted to eat was...yep, a tomato sandwich. So we all got to eat them.

We also ate Miracle Whip, onion, and ketchup sandwiches and Miracle Whip or butter and radish sandwiches.

Anonymous said...

we made sugar sandwiches. moisten the bread with water just enough for the sugar to stick.you had to be really poor to know about these.

Anonymous said...

Buttered bread with thin sliced red radishes and a little salt sprinkle...mmmmm. Good with Mayo too if you can't have butter. Not a sandwich but my Grandfather liked cheddar cheese with his apple pie. Perhaps an apple jelly and cheese sandwich would be good?

mariahswind said...

I grew up with PB Mayo and Lettuce! My mother's parents were depression era. I have sjnce found I prefer to put dill pickles instead of lettuce, gives more flavor. My children sadly aren't into them.

Anonymous said...

My favorite peanut butter sandwich has always been fried balogna & chunky peanut butter, preferably Skippy. I also like them cold. 2 slices of your favorite bread (I prefer white or cracked wheat], 1-3 slices of your favorite bologna, fried, your favorite peanut peanut butter. This can also be used for hot dogs, another favorite of mine. Again, either hot or cold, Like others above, don't knock it if you haven't tried it.
:-)

Anonymous said...

My favorite peanut butter sandwich has always been fried balogna & chunky peanut butter, preferably Skippy. I also like them cold. 2 slices of your favorite bread (I prefer white or cracked wheat], 1-3 slices of your favorite bologna, fried, your favorite peanut peanut butter. This can also be used for hot dogs, another favorite of mine. Again, either hot or cold, Like others above, don't knock it if you haven't tried it.
:-)

Anonymous said...

I am 82 years old today. My boys were fed mayo sandwiches when with a sitter in late 1950's. I like tomato, fresh from garden, of course, and peanut butter sandwiches. My sister loved to take white bread, cold white beans with green tomato chow-chow sandwiches to school in the 1940's. In the 1930's, my great-grandmother made "mud" sandwiches (cocoa, sugar and butter) for all of the children at family gatherings. They were a special treat. Today I make them with powdered chocolate milk mix, and butter on white bread for my grandchildren.

Anonymous said...

Tomato and onion sammys are the best. I grew up eating cheese and mayo sandwiches. My mom used to eat butter and tomato sandwiches. Grama used to eat bread and warm milk. I still eat it but toast the bread.

Unknown said...

Peanut butter, American cheese, bologna, mustard and mayo sandwich! Sometimes I add lettuce to this sandwich, too. Yum!

Alicia Anderson said...

You forgot pickles. It doesn't taste right without pickles.

Kelley with an *E -Y* said...

Oh my gosh - people laugh at me when I told them I used to eat peanut butter and miracle whip sandwiches! I have never tried it with lettuce though - might have to make one soon :)

Anonymous said...

My BF when we were teens made me a tomato sandwich with warm softened margarine (not soaked in)on both pieces of toast with thick slices of tomato salt and pepper. My Mom 87 tears old when my sister and I were kids made cucumber sandwiches. White bread with mayo on both pieces thinly sliced cucumber about 3 slices thick covering the bread salt and pepper. She said these were served at tea parties for all the ladies. So yummy.

Coonbody said...

I'm 57 and a product of Depression era grandparents. My father and mother made many of these things when I was growing up. I was surprised to see how many were on the list! This was very interesting. Thank you.

Terry said...

Love tomato sandwiches! I add a little salt, a lot of black pepper, and sometimes a thin slice of onion.

Laurie Krous said...

My mother-in-law always ate
White bread
Peanut butter
Mayonnaise
And....
Dill pickle!
She got about 1/2 of her friends to try it 1 day & they all liked it. About 3 out of 7 of her kids love it as well.

Dawniey said...

I myself have never had one, but my husband likes these sandwiches but, I have never seen him put lettuce on it.

Dawniey said...

This is so my hubby! He swears by them but I just can't get myself to taste it.

mog said...

My mum always liked vegemite and apple sandwiches, or peanut butter and banana.

Jeri Bearden said...

I had a great aunt who lived during the Depression and she would slice dill pickles and put peanut butter on them as appetizers. I remember being little and using her recipe for a 4-H contest and won Most Wacky!