August 9, 2011

The King’s Sandwich

by Matt Stevens, photo by James Williams

As a former Southern boy, nothing takes me back to the land of Dixie quicker than hearing an Elvis Presley song. See, I was raised in the King’s hometown, Memphis, since I was knee-high to a duck. To this day, I can’t help falling in love with “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock.”

Would you believe that in the 20+ years I lived in “M-Town,” I never toured Elvis’ beloved Graceland Mansion? I think it’s similar to New Yorkers who don’t visit the Statue of Liberty — you consider it more of a tourist destination.

Now, in honor of the dazzling new Elvis® Barbie® doll, inspired by the iconic album cover “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong,” I’m planning my maiden pilgrimage to Graceland this summer.

In the meantime, I thought I’d attempt another Elvis first — making one of his favorite foods, a grilled peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich. Here are the basics:

2 slices white bread
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 small ripe banana, mashed
2 tablespoons butter

Lightly toast the bread. Spread peanut butter on one slice and banana on the other. Close the sandwich. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Then fry the sandwich, flipping it once, until golden brown.

Reportedly, Elvis sometimes added fried bacon strips to this sandwich. For extra decadence, you could also drizzle honey or chocolate syrup on top.

Throwing carbohydrate caution to the wind, I took big bites of my sinful creation. Wow! Hunka hunka buttery love! I was all shook up by the tasty combo of creamy-crispy textures and salty-sweet flavors. My diet has left the building!

Take it from me (and Elvis) — you must try this recipe. Your tongue and tummy will say, “Thank you. Thank you very much.”

Have a favorite Elvis song or recipe? Please share it below!

Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for, Matt has been tickled pink to work on and before joining the BC blogger team.

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