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“Grilled” Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich a la Elvis

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Happy birthday Elvis!

Elvis Aaron Presley was born 75 years ago this week (January 8, to be exact) and although he “left the building” 32 years ago, he remains an icon of 20th century cool.  And maybe you think his music is just a little bit corny these days when your iPod is stuffed with bands whose members weren’t even born when he was alive, but admit it.  Somehow you know the words to all his songs.

Elvis was what they call in the south “a big hungry boy” and even at the height of his fame, he never lost his taste for the comfort food of his boyhood.  And why not?  It was heavy on bacon, butter and sugar—three of the four food groups and the building blocks of Southern cooking.

His most famous treat was a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich.  You owe it to yourself to try it at least once.  Your taste buds will say “thank ya, thank ya very much.”

“Grilled” Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich a la Elvis

“Grilled” in this case means “fried” like a grilled cheese sandwich.  Elvis was said to prefer his sandwiches fried in bacon fat but you don’t have to be a purist, you can use butter.

Elvis was known to eat as many as a dozen of these sandwiches at a time.  Amateurs should probably start with just one.  You want to pace yourself.

For each sandwich:

-2 slices of bread
-2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
-1 small banana, mashed
-2 Tbsp. butter or bacon grease

Directions:

1. Spoon the mashed banana onto one slice of bread.

2. Spread the peanut butter on the other slice of bread and place on top of the other slice so the peanut butter and banana sides are together.

3.Melt the butter in a small skillet.  Fry the sandwich until it’s golden brown on  both sides.

Beer

Elvis was famous for his sweet tooth, so he mostly quaffed Pepsi and other sodas with his meals.  But we’d like to think that he would have enjoyed the oatmeal stout Oskar Blues brewery of Colorado named in his honor, the Velvet Elvis Stout.  An oatmeal stout with a crisp finish, Velvet Elvis may not seem like the perfect pairing, but how can you resist the combination?