Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Bacon Melt
Everything is better with bacon. This hot, melty spin on your childhood favorite with fig jam, bacon, and American cheese will have you wondering why you were making your PB&J's all wrong your whole life. If you're not into American cheese, extra-sharp Cheddar works great here, too.
- 4 slices bacon, halved crosswise
- 4 sturdy whole-wheat bread
- 1/2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tablespoons fig jam
- 4 slices white or yellow American cheese
Cook the bacon in a large dry pan over medium-low heat until crispy, about 5 minutes, and then transfer to paper towels to drain. Pour out the fat from the skillet, but leave a thin coating in the pan; do not wipe the skillet. Brush 1 side of each bread slice with the melted butter. Flip and spread 2 of the slices with the peanut butter, and 2 of the slices with the jam. Top the peanut butter slice with 1/2 of the bacon and 1/2 of the cheese. Transfer the bread slices back to the pan over medium heat, and cook until bottom of bread is lightly browned and the cheese is beginning to melt, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn the heat to low and cover with a lid until cheese is completely melted, about 1 minute longer.
Assemble sandwiches and serve.