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The Elvis Presley Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Recipe

Updated on November 3, 2016

Try Elvis Presley's Peanut Butter And Banana Elvis Sandwich Recipe

Understandably, residents of Tennessee feel a sense of pride when they think of their home state. There are many iconic things that have come out of Tennessee; the Vols, Kenny Chesney, the 1982 World's Fair, and the ELVIS SANDWICH RECIPE.

Oh yes, this well-known peanut butter and banana sandwich has had many variations but will always be known as an Elvis sandwich. Some people say that this unhealthy sandwich may have contributed to Elvis's death; others have called it a genius. Whatever you think of this odd concoction of food, Tennesseans are proud to claim it.

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The Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon Sandwich

The legend of the Elvis Sandwich Recipe.

Often referred to as the Elvis sandwich and sometimes even called just the Elvis, this peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich consists of exactly those ingredients - two pieces of bread toasted, peanut butter, a sliced banana and some fried bacon. Honey is optional. The whole sandwich is usually grilled as you would a grilled cheese sandwich.

The recipe for Elvis' sandwich is available in many cookbooks, magazine articles and newspapers and can even be found as an item to purchase in restaurants that sell pb sandwiches like P.B. Loco and Peanut Butter & Co.

People refer to the peanut butter and banana sandwich as one of Elvis Presley's favorites but his food cravings are infamous and include other specialties like Fool's Gold Loaf, which consists of an Italian bread loaf loaded with bacon, peanut butter and grape jelly.

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The Elvis Sandwich
The Elvis Sandwich


Elvis' love of this sandwich is legendary. However, bacon is not always a part of the recipe although in a book about Elvis' mom, Gladys Presley, it is claimed that he consumed and even wolfed down his favorite sandwich with crisp bacon.

Another story says that he ate his sandwiches with peanut butter, caramelized banana and crispy bacon. The Good, the Bad, and the Yummy states that "Elvis might have been horribly misguided about drugs and sequins, but he got one thing right -- peanut butter and banana sandwiches". They recommend using one half of a banana and one piece of bacon on each sandwich and then grilling it all together in a pan with melted butter.

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Nutritional Fact

The average "Elvis Sandwich"

has 400 calories and

about 30 grams of fat...

before the bacon is added!

How To Make An Elvis Sandwich

Elvis Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Recipe

Basic Elvis Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients

2 slices bread

Smooth peanut butter

1 banana

Butter

Preparation

Melt the butter on medium heat in a skillet. Spread peanut butter on both slices of bread. Slice the banana lengthwise and lay it on one slice of bread. Cover with the other slice of bread. Fry the sandwich on both sides (2 minutes each) until the peanut butter is melted.

Rachael Ray 12-Inch Cast Iron Skillet - With Silicone Grip Handles, Orange with Matte Black Interior

In the South, they know that nothing tastes better than when it is fried in a cast iron skillet. Being the wonderful person that she is, Rachael Ray designed a cast iron skillet with an orange handle. How amazing that it is the same color as the beloved Tennessee Volunteer football team! Thanks Rachael!

Elvis Sandwich Recipe Variations - Different ways to make an Elvis Sandwich

There is so much controversy about how Elvis made his sandwich. Some say it had bacon, some say it was added later. There are those that say it was fried in bacon grease instead of butter. Some say it has mashed bananas while others say they were pan fried with honey. The list goes on and on. I'm not sure we will ever know.

The recipe I gave you was very basic. You can personalize it any way you like. Below are a list of links to even more Elvis sandwich recipes. Some are very basic, others very fancy. Read through and decide which ones you would like to try. No matter how you decide to make your Elvis Sandwich, I'm sure it will be quite a pleasure.

Basic Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Looks delicious! Photo by Jamieanne on Flickr.

Basic Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Looks delicious! Photo by Jamieanne on Flickr.
Basic Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Looks delicious! Photo by Jamieanne on Flickr.

To Have Bacon Or Not - That is the question

Whether Elvis had bacon on his original sandwich or not, I want to know how you would prefer it.

Should the Elvis Sandwich have bacon on it?

Of course! Bacon makes everything better.

Of course! Bacon makes everything better.

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    • Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      I heard Elvis like Peanut Butter and Banana but I had no idea about the bacon. Normally I would have gagged but suddenly the spirit is taking me and I want one. I have never even had a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Everything tastes better with bacon.

    • BrandonJames926 5 years ago

      I love bacon! Might as well try it in it's original form.

    • Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Why not? If you want to eat this go ahead and add the wonderful taste of bacon!

    • tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      I've never tried this sandwich (and WON'T) but on general principle I have to say bacon DOES make everything better!

    • James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      I usually like it plain but will try it with bacon. I think it is fine but will probably just stick with the plain version but fried with butter of course!

    • Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      If Elvis says bacon, then bacon it is.

    • Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      It wouldn't be THE ELVIS SANDWICH without the bacon, would it?

    • LotusMalas 6 years ago

      Bacon DOES make everything better :-)

    • clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Yum and yes add the bacon!

    • LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Absolutely with bacon, but I think it would need to be extra crispy!

    • jbarnhart41 7 years ago

      I've never been one to shy away from a little grease. I say bacon all the way!

    No Way! This sandwich is already unhealthy.

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      • Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

        Not because it is unhealthy, but I want to keep it vegetarian friendly:) this is a childhood fav of mine, we smashed the banana into the peanut butter... yum... headed to the kitchen now!

      • jennysue19 5 years ago

        not for me. I like just peanut butter and banana in a brown floury bread roll, ow wholemeal bread sandwich. Not fried. I'm supposed to be cutting down to lose weight so it was a real treat today!

      • Mistl 5 years ago

        I think the Peanut butter and bananas would be enough for me to get quesy, without adding the bacon to the mix

      • Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

        I think banana and peanut is enough of a good thing. Any two of these three fillings might taste all right, but THREE??? One might say it's over-egging the gingerbread!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        It's a banana a day, that keeps the doctor away. And, peanut butter is very healthy too. On on whole wheat bread, oh yey!

      • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

        Peanut butter and banana isn't unhealthy, the bacon grease is superfilous and no one would miss it, except perhaps Elvis and it killed him (well that and the prescription drugs. )

      • poutine 6 years ago

        It's already loaded with calories, the bacon would be too much.

      • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

        We make peanut butter and banana all the time, I never thought of it as unhealthy before. After all, it is ground nuts and fruit :)

      • Joan4 7 years ago

        We have never tried bacon on a banana sandwich. I use mayo and bananas. Hubby likes peanut butter, mayo and bananas. I am not going to tell him about the bacon! or the frying! sounds fantastic, but .....

      • Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

        We like the bacon on the side and the sandwich deep fried. I am from Southern genes, in fact, I'm related to Elvis who was born in Missippippi where some of my relatives still live.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I do love bacon, but just can't imagine it would taste good with peanut butter and banana. Might have to try it to find out after I take an extra dose of Lipitor!

      • BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

        Definitely not! This was always a favorite of mine growing up - just good old peanut butter and banana (oops - still is!). Leave the bacon for the eggs.

      • Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

        For me, it is not a health issue, but a preference. I like just the peanut butter and banana on untoasted bread.Now, for the record, the Arcade Restaurant in Memphis serves the Elvis sandwich. You can even sit in the same booth where Elvis ate peanut butter & banana sandwiches week after week. His sandwiches at the Arcade were toasted and without bacon. The Arcade Restaurant has been owned and operated by the same family for 100+ years. Believe me, their chefs know how Elvis ate his sandwiches while he lived in Memphis :)

      • hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

        noooooo bacon!

      • Genesis Davies 7 years ago from Guatemala

        I have to say, I'm not a fan of sweet and meat together, so I'd have my bacon separately.

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      What do you think of The Elvis Sandwich? - Would you eat a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich?

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          Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

          I have to laugh at the people who have not tried this and think it sounds awful! peanut butter banana sandwiches are Squidtastic!!! all Hail the King, he was a wise man:)

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          Mistl 5 years ago

          I think this article one Elvis sandwiches is very interesting, however I don't think I could stomach one myself. :)

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          Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          I'm not a fan of bananas but have eaten peanut butter on bananas, which make them more palatable. Won't be eating the sandwich though.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I was pretty young when I heard about Elvis' favorite sandwich and had to try it. I like them, and just might have to have one again soon.

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          tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

          I can remember my mom putting PB on bread and slicing bananas on top. I never ate it, though!

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