The Elvis Sandwich
Elvis is known for his cool moves, his beautiful voice and his large appetite. There are numerous cookbooks dedicated to his favorite foods, some of which are now completely synonymous with the King.
Two sandwiches in particular are known for their association with Elvis. One, the Fools Gold Sandwich, which he famously flew from Memphis to Denver just to enjoy with friends one evening, and the other is simply known as the Elvis Sandwich.
There are a number of variations on the Elvis Sandwich and I've included a couple here for you to try, if you're brave enough. I had an Elvis Sandwich for breakfast this morning and have lived to tell the tale.
What is an Elvis Sandwich?
There are three simple ingredients to the basic Elvis Sandwich:
- Peanut butter
Added to this can be:
- Butter and/or bacon grease for frying
Elvis sometimes opted for bacon and sometimes took his sandwich without and you could go either way. However, it was always fried, so bare in mind that if you choose not to fry the sandwich that what you gain in calories saved you will lose in authenticity.
My own take on the Elvis Sandwich
If you have toasted sandwich maker or panini grill and want a healthier version of the Elvis Sandwich then this is the time to use them. I personally like to eat these sandwiches made in my toasted sandwich maker as the edges get sealed into perfect triangles, keeping the gooey peanut butter and banana inside. There's also no need for the fat on the outside, giving a nice toasted crust to the sandwich but not compromising on the flavors within.
Alternatively, you could choose to butter the sandwich maker before you create your Elvis Sandwich. This will give you control of the calories but still let you have the crispy fried crust.
The King's last meal- a peanut butter and banana sandwich!
The Fools Gold Sandwich
Another favorite of Elvis was the Fools Gold Sandwich; a monster sized sandwich made by the Colorado Mine Company restaurant in Denver, which contains the following ingredients.
- One loaf of bread
- 1 pound of bacon
- 1 jar of peanut butter
- 1 jar of grape jelly/jam
Elvis and his friends famously put away 22 of them in one night!