Kings love to eat. Throughout history they have had their own palace kitchens to create dishes to please their palates. America is no different, although its version of royalty is unique. The “King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis Presley, ruled for more than 20 years. He lived in a palace in Memphis, Tennessee called Graceland, which also had its own royal kitchen. It was in this kitchen that Elvis’ favorite dish was created for him.
Being a king can be a lonely existence. One of his chefs sadly noted, “The only thing in life he got any enjoyment out of was eating.” The extravagant Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich played a major part in both his comfort as well as his demise. Elvis died at 42, overweight and unhappy.
Grilled Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon Sandwich
- Large cast-iron or nonstick skillet
- 2 tbsp Butter, softened
- 4 slices White bread
- 4 tbsp Peanut butter, smooth
- 1 large Ripe banana, halved crosswise with each half cut longways in 4 slices
- 8 slices Bacon, cooked
- 4 tbsp Honey
- Crisp bacon slices in a large skillet over medium heat. Transfer to paper towels and drain fat from the pan. Heat same pan back up over medium heat.Butter one side of each slice of bread. Spread peanut butter on the other side of each. Lay banana slices over peanut butter on half the bread slices. Top with half of the crispy bacon and drizzle honey over that. Top with remaining bread, buttered side up. Place sandwich on skillet and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes per side. Press down to flatten from time-to-time. Cut in half and serve Elvis style with a big glass of cold milk and potato chips.