The average American schoolchild will consume about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time he or she graduates from high school, according to the Peanut Advisory Board.

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is about as American as apple pie. So, celebrate the American tradition by eating a sandwich on National Peanut Butter Day, Jan. 24.

The average American schoolchild will consume about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time he or she graduates from high school, according to the Peanut Advisory Board.

But, it is not just for sandwiches. Try peanut butter in a smoothie, make a sauce, add it to soup, bake with it or use as a dipper for fruit and veggies.

A Twist on a PB&J

2 slices bread

2 Tbsp. peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

1 Tbsp. jelly (or jam, your choice of flavor)

1 Tbsp. butter (or margarine, softened)

Prepare peanut butter sandwich using your favorite jelly or jam. Just make sure it isn't too runny because you will be heating this sandwich and don't want all the jam to leak out.

Heat a frying pan and melt the butter in the pan. Tilt pan to spread it around so the butter covers the pan evenly. This is key to get a perfectly crispy crust on your bread.

Butter one side of the sandwich. Place buttered side down in the pan. When one side is golden brown, butter the other side. Turn sandwich over and cook.

Remove the sandwich from pan, cut diagonally and serve immediately.