Don’t Be Cruel: Try Our Elvis Sandwich Recipe

Elvis Presley would have turned 79 today. Sadly, The King is long gone but his favorite sandwich — a peanut butter and banana concoction commonly known as “The Elvis” — lives on. Forget about being the top-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. When you’ve eaten something so many times that we, as a society, just go ahead and name it after you — that’s a lifetime achievement.

If you’ve never tried one, it’s time for a little less conversation and a little more action, using this easy recipe:

  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled & mashed
  • 1 tbsp honey

Mash the banana, but not too much; leave it chunky. Take two slices of bread; butter one side of each. On the other side of one slice, spread the peanut butter. On the other side of the other slice, spread the mashed bananas and top with honey. Place the sandwich in a preheated skillet, buttered sides out. Grill over medium heat, but be careful not to overdo it, or you’ll end up with a hunka hunka burnin’ love. Just grill it until both sides are golden brown and the peanut butter is melted. At this point, it’s now or never; slice and enjoy immediately.

Some suspicious minds contend that Elvis preferred his namesake sandwich with bacon. If you want to add three strips of crispy bacon inside the sandwich before placing it in the skillet, go for it. Or if you really want to get all shook up, fry the sandwich in bacon fat instead of butter.

Other variations: Elvis ate these on regular white bread, but as a nod to the star of Blue Hawaii, you might try this recipe with Hawaiian bread. And if you prefer the texture of sliced bananas to mashed ones, that’s all right too.

– Matt Rehm