peanut butter and cucumber sandwich on rye

Peanut Butter and Cucumber on Rye Bread

We’re all familiar with the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  You can use crunchy or smooth peanut butter, preserves sweetened with sugar, or the kind sweetened only with fruit juice. You can even get them pre-made! It’s classic American childhood food, and it’s comforting.

This peanut butter sandwich 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, substitute rye bread for the classic white 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 a slight 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 (the kind with seeds and a crust), 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.