Vintage Recipes: Peanut Butter Sandwich Fillings

I have a fun little cookbook called “It’s Easy to be a Gourmet with Peanuts and Other Fine Oklahoma Peanut Products.” I can’t tell how old it is, but it looks to date from the 1950s or possibly 1960s. It was compiled and distributed by the Oklahoma Peanut Commission.

This booklet contains many outlandish dishes developed to include peanuts or peanut butter. Some of these recipes I wouldn’t make on a dare, but some sound interesting. The book includes a fun list of peanut butter sandwich fillings that I thought I’d share.

This seems like a great way to keep kids interested in peanut butter sandwiches, or to reimagine a childhood favorite with some new flavors for adult sandwiches. Some of these mixes sound more appetizing than others, but there are definitely some combinations I would never have thought of.

Date: ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup chopped pitted dates, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, ½ cup thick salad dressing. Mix lightly.

Pineapple: ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup drained crushed pineapple. Mix lightly.

Prune: ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup chopped cooked prunes, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons prune juice. Blend well.

Apricot: ½ cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup chopped cooked apricots (sweetened), 2 tablespoons thick salad dressing. Mix lightly.

Cranberry Sauce: ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup cranberry sauce. Mix lightly.

Raisin: ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup chopped raisins, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/3 cup milk or cream. Mix lightly.

Pickle Relish: ½ cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup pickle relish, 2 tablespoons thick salad dressing. Blend well.

Carrot and Raisin: ¼ cup peanut butter, ½ cup shredded carrots, 2 tablespoons chopped raisins, 2 tablespoons thick salad dressing. Mix lightly.

Vegetable: ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup chopped celery stalks with leaves, 1/3 up grated carrots, 2 tablespoons French dressing, 1/8 teaspoon salt. Blend well.

Fig-Nut Sandwich: 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 6 large preserved figs chopped fine. Mix and mash to a paste and spread on thinly sliced bread.

Raisin Honey: 1 cup chopped raisins, 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons honey, ¼ cup chopped peanuts. Combine ingredients, mix thoroughly and use as spread on buttered bread.

Cottage Peanut Butter Spread: 1 cup peanut butter, ½ cup cottage cheese, ½ cup chili sauce, ½ teaspoon salt. Cream peanut butter, cottage cheese and chili sauce together then season with salt.

Hunka Hunka Elvis Recipes!

Ran across some postcards I purchased in Memphis a few years ago, including a couple that have recipes that are supposed to be from Elvis’ kitchen. They sound delicious. I hung the postcards in the kitchen at my old house, but the pictures went into storage in the garage when I moved. Here are the two favorites that I chose (the gift shop had several others).

Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches

2 large bananas

6 slices of white bread

1 stick of butter

1 cup peanut butter

Peel and mash bananas. Mix peanut butter with bananas thoroughly. Toast bread lightly and spread mix on bread. Melt butter in skillet and brown sandwiches on each side slowly until golden brown.

Sweet Potato Pie

2 large sweet potatoes

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 Tablespoon nutmeg

1 stick butter

1/2 cup milk

1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

Bake the sweet potatoes until tender. Cool, peel and mash. Combine the potatoes and other ingredients. Pour into pie shell. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50 minutes or until done.