There are many Elvis cookbooks. My favorite is “Are You Hungry Tonight? Elvis’ Favorite Recipes” by Brenda Butler (Gramercy, 1992). It’s displayed in the kitchen of the King himself, at what now is called the Elvis Honeymoon Haven at 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs. Presley leased the home from 1966 to 1968, and he and Priscilla honeymooned there in 1967. Today it’s open for tours and events (760-322-1192, www.elvishoneymoon.com).
Here’s how to make Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich. Sometimes, when he was in a hurry, he would eat it without the bacon and/or honey, so those ingredients are optional. On occasion, he would substitute grape jelly for the honey, it is said.
rounded tablespoons peanut butter
2 slices thick sandwich
1 small ripe banana, coarsely mashed
4 slices bacon, cooked, optional
1 tablespoon honey or grape jelly, optional
2 tablespoons butter
Assemble sandwich. Melt butter in frying pan. Fry sandwich in butter for three or four minutes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. Slice sandwich in two and eat hot.