We’re all familiar with the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You can even get them pre-made! It’s classic American childhood food, and it’s comforting. This peanut butter and cucumber sandwich on rye bread is not so familiar. It comes with a twist.
Now, you may think I’m nuts (sorry), but try this experiment. Replace the jam on your sandwich with thinly sliced cucumber.
Then, replace the classic white bread with rye bread. You want the kind of rye that’s got a good crust and seeds. I’ve seen rye that’s more like dark whole wheat. That just won’t do.
Suddenly, your old-fashioned childhood sandwich is much more sophisticated. The cucumber adds sweetness and crunch which complements the salty, smooth peanut butter beautifully.
My mom invented this sandwich long ago and it’s become a family favorite.
You don’t really need a formal recipe for this (any more than you need one for old-fashioned PB and J). All you need is some peanut butter, real rye bread, and a cucumber.
In this case, I used a hothouse English cucumber, so I didn’t have to bother to peel it, but the regular kind is fine too.
More Peanut and/or Cucumber Recipes
Takeout without the takeout. It’s got chicken, crisp-fried veggies, and a creamy peanut sauce over it all.
Sweet, crunchy cucumber with a spicy peanut sauce. Another takeout meal that’s really easy to make yourself.
A cool, refreshing salad that’s wonderful with a tuna or deli meat sandwich. Easy to make too.
Great as a side dish (or for breakfast, which is when Israelis eat it). Just a bit of chopping and you’re done. Or put it in a pita with eggplant and hummus.