You might not have eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwiches since you were a kid, but they're as tasty today as they've ever been. In fact, if you use the right ingredients, a sophisticated PB&J will probably be better than any version of the sandwich you ate in grade school.
To begin with, pick up a fresh loaf of bread. A flavorful, textured bread like rye or sourdough can make all the difference when refining the classic PB&J recipe. Don't waste good bread on subpar peanut butter; use the all-natural kind. It will be thicker and richer than regular, heavily processed peanut butter and will provide a more authentic peanut taste. Of course, you'll want to spread on some high-end jelly. Classic PB&J flavors like grape, strawberry and apricot still hold their appeal, but if you're looking for something more exotic, there are plenty of options. Elderberry or crabapple preserves and pumpkin butter are all possibilities, although you might have to go to a specialty grocer to find them. You can even pick up a jar of jalapeno jelly if you want to add a spicy kick.