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French GRILLED Peanut Butter and Jelly

French GRILLED Peanut Butter & Jelly

French GRILLED Peanut Butter & Jelly

Got kids? Got a big kid who still loves good old Peanut Butter and Jelly? Well here’s a new twist. French GRILLED Peanut Butter and Jelly. And here’s the shocker! The recipe came from a Weight Watchers Cookbook. This tasty treat works for both breakfast or lunch. The recipe calls for a Panini Grill. When stocking an RV Kitchen, space is precious with no room for frilly cookware like that. So this recipe also gives me a chance to show off one of my favorite and most versatile cast iron pieces, the Lodge Grill/Griddle.

The Lodge Grill/Griddle fits right on top of the back 2 burners of a standard RV cook-top. It stores in exactly the same place as it fits beautifully under the stove top covers.

Stove top covers fit right over the grill for convenient storage.

Stove top covers fit right over the grill for convenient storage.

This grill comes pre-seasoned, and the more you cook and season, the better its non-stick properties become. It cleans up easily with hot water and a non-scratch pad or Lodge Brush. Like all of my cast iron, soap is NEVER in the cleaning mix. When you buy this piece, it’s a lifetime and beyond deal. No more replacing those inferior coated griddles and pans that are doomed to flake over time.

Fits perfectly over the back two burners of an RV stove top.

Fits perfectly over the back two burners of an RV stove top.

Fried eggs, pancakes, hot dogs, toasted sandwiches, sausage, chicken, … the list goes on and on. Because of its convenient storage, I find that I use it in place of my cast iron skillets on many occasions. The Lodge Grill/Griddle is a MUST HAVE in every household, RV or Brick and Mortar.


So let’s get on with the sandwich making.

French GRILLED Peanut Butter and Jelly

French GRILLED Peanut Butter & Jelly

French GRILLED Peanut Butter & Jelly

INGREDIENTS:

6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
6 slices low calories whole wheat bread
3 tablespoons low-sugar fruit preserves
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat griddle/grill and season with a very light coat of shortening.
2. Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter on one side of each bread slice. Spread 1 tablespoon preserves over peanut butter on each of 3 bread slices. Top with remaining 3 bread slices peanut butter sides down.
3. Combine milk, vanilla and eggs in a shallow dish. Place 1 sandwich in milk mixture, turning carefully to coat both sides. Repeat procedure with remaining sandwiches.
4. Place sandwiches on grill; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned.
5. Cut each sandwich into 4 triangles and serve immediately.

Serves 4 (serving size 3 triangles.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints value per serving: 8

Per Serving: Calories 257; Fat 14.4g (sat 2.9g mono 6.8g, poly 3.7g) Protein 13g; Carb 25g; Fiber 6g; Sugars 8g; Chol 77mg; Iron 2mg; Sodium 246mg; Calc 42mg

Frozen Pizza Grilled Outdoors

Don't Bake it ... GRILL it!

Don’t Bake it … GRILL it!

Pizza is one of my favorite foods.  When it’s hot (like it is this week in Ozark, Arkansas) the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven.  When you are running your A/C at top performance, the standard propane/gas oven will work against it.  Switching to your convection oven is even less practical because it draws electric power in addition to adding unwanted heat.  The solution?  Grill it outdoors!  A pizza stone and 2 inch round wire rack will do the trick.  You will also need a spatula and some heavy-duty pot holders or mitts.  Every grill is a little different.  This is how I do it on my Weber.

Grilled Frozen Pizza

Keep pizza frozen until ready to use.

Preheat your grill to 400 degrees farenheit.

For crisper crust:

  • Place frozen pizza directly on stone and place on grill then lower cover.  Check bottom crust and when just starting to brown. Carefully lift pizza from stone and slide onto 2 inch wire rack.  Place rack on top of stone. Continue grilling until crust is fully baked and cheese is melted and toppings are fully cooked.

For softer crust:

  • Place pizza on 2 inch wire rack lined with foil.
  • Continue grilling until crust is fully baked with cheese melted and toppings are fully cooked.

Use heavy-duty pot holders or grill mitts to slide pizza from wire rack to pizza stone.  Remove stone from grill and place on a heat protected surface. Stone will be VERY hot.  Let pizza rest for 5 minutes before cutting.  The hot stone will keep your pizza warm.

Preheat Grill

Preheat Grill

For Crisper Crust - Start out on Pizza Stone

For Crisper Crust – Start out on Pizza Stone

Check bottom crust to prevent burning

Check bottom crust to prevent burning

Grill until crust is done and toppings are fully cooked

Place on wire rack to finish.

Slice and serve on hot stone to keep pizza warm.

Slice and serve on hot stone to keep pizza warm.

Higher Elevation = Lower Boiling Point

After spending nearly six months in Texas for the winter, we headed Northwest to explore New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. I hadn’t given any thought to the impact higher elevations would have on my cooking and grilling.

Higher Elevation Lower Boiling Point

Higher Elevation Lower Boiling Point

That is until we were at 5,000 feet above sea level and DH’s Whole Grain Oatmeal that I prepare in the microwave boiled over like a volcano. Ooops. I knew the elevation was the cause and decided that I should revisit the topic before I ruined a more expensive meal.

The reduced air pressure at higher elevations affects the boiling point of water. Did you know that once water reaches the boiling point, that is as hot as it will ever get regardless of how much higher you turn up the heat. For every 500 feet of elevation, the boiling point is reduced by 1 degree F. Thus cooking oatmeal in the microwave for the same amount of time I did in Texas was an extremely messy mistake.

I found some good articles in About Food.com. The first does a good job of explaining ‘what is happening’ at higher elevations and the second provides tips to use when cooking, baking and grilling at higher elevations.

Higher Altitude Lower Boiling Point

High Altitude Cooking Tips

Use the comment section to share any High Altitude Cooking Tips or experiences that you have.