Simon and Garfunkel, Ben and Jerry, Pinky and The Brain and of course, peanut butter and cheese… Huh? Peanut butter and cheese? Are you mental? No my friends, not mental, very sane. This unlikely paring is in fact not unlikely at all, it’s a heavenly mix of hot salty melty goodness, mmm.
Okay, so perhaps it’s not a combination you would immediately put together and certainly not with cold cheese (barf) but it’s one of life’s dirty little secrets, so wrong but yet so right. This is something I tend to feed people without telling them what it is first, to prevent fussy idiots from turning their noses up at it. Recently I made it for my boyfriend Jamie, he’d managed to scoff two whole slices in his gob before blurting out “is there peanut butter in this?… Yum!”
As for me, I’ve been chomping on this delectable snack all my life, and not once did it ever occur to me that it was a little unusual. Invented by my dearest mum Lizzie, the ‘Lizzie Special’ has managed to keep me alive for over 31 years. Actually I think the Lizzie Special was partially invented by an old friend of my mum’s called Rosemary, but Rosemary is a horrible person so lets not give her any credit. She once rang the Samaritans because my mum and dad didn’t invite her over for Christmas dinner.
Also ‘Rosemary Special’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. So fuck you Rosemary, the Lizzie Special lives, unlike your friendship with my mum which is long dead. Enjoy everyone!
Lizzie Special (peanut butter & cheese on toast)
Err, I’m not actually going to tell you how to make cheese on toast but I will give you my tips on making the perfect Lizzie special.
1. Use crunchy peanut butter for texture.
2. Lightly toast the bread and lightly butter it before peanut buttering.
3. When layering the cheese, make sure you don’t leave any part of the bread exposed or it will burn under the grill.
4. Use medium or mild cheddar, mature will separate too much when it melts.
If you’ve had a go at making my Lizzie Special or any of my other recipes I’d love to hear about it. @corrieheale firstname.lastname@example.org