The Elvis Sandwich

Elvis sandwich

I've loved peanut butter sandwiches as long as I can remember. And I don't know anyone who hasn't eaten them as kids or even adults. Most people owe their school lunches to peanut butter and jelly. But somewhere down the line I had lost my interest in the sandwich and peanut butter in general. It wasn't until traveling to—and later moving to—Europe that I started to miss peanut butter. Overseas they just dont make peanut butter like they should. So it seems, when something isn't available, is when you start missing it. Now I have a permanent craving for real pb&j sandwiches that I just can't shake.

But I have to admit that now as an adult there's a peanut butter sandwich that I love even more than the classic PB&J, and it's one that the King himself loved—and by King I mean Elvis Presley. The Elvis sandwich consists of peanut butter, banana, honey, and crispy bacon! Grilled, the sandwich is an amazing treat that's hard to resist for any fan of peanut butter, Elvis, or both. Supposedly this sandwich was one of Elvis's favorites, and he ate it quite often. And, honestly, I can see why. It's just so damn good! If you like salty and sweet together like me, then you'll appreciate this sandwich.

The Elvis Sandwich

Note: Toasting the bread beforehand makes it easier to spread the peanut butter without crushing the bread.

2 slices whole-wheat bread, lightly toasted
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 banana, sliced thinly lengthwise
2 teaspoons honey
3 strips fried bacon
1 teaspoon butter

Preheat a panini press or skillet on medium-high heat. Spread one side of each toasted bread slice with 1-1/2 tablespoons peanut butter. Lay the banana slices, breaking them to fit, over the peanut butter on one piece of bread. Drizzle the other piece of bread with honey. Top the banana with bacon. Sandwich the breads together, pressing firmly.

Spread a bit of butter on the outer sides of the sandwich. Grill the sandwich for about 3 to 5 minutes in a panini press or 2 to 3 minutes per side in a skillet. Cut in half and serve immediately. Yield: 1 sandwich.


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