Happy Elvis Day, my friends!
Today Elvis would have been 80. That totally blows my mind. Frank Sinatra died at 82 and performed and recorded almost right to the very end. Tony Bennett is frickin’ 88 and just released an album with Lady Gaga. Just think of what Elvis might be doing right now had he laid off the prescription drugs and the fried food.
Speaking of fried food, in honor of Elvis’ birthday, I made The Sandwich. The Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.
Would it surprise you to know that I never tried one before?
This recipe is from Are You Hungry Tonight? Elvis’ Favorite Recipes. It’s one of my favorite cookbooks.
Here’s what the cookbook says:
Elvis made it famous. He made it part of American folk cuisine. He referred to it as a peanut butter and ‘nanner sandwich, and his love for this treat helped to transform this simple delicacy into his signature dish. He loved these sandwiches and would ask that they be prepared for him at all hours of the day and night.
- 1 small ripe banana, mashed
- 2 slices white bread, toasted
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp butter
It’s extremely easy. Just make a grilled cheese, but with mashed banana and peanut butter as the insides. Look:
Banana? Good. Butter? Good. Peanut Butter? Hell yeah!
Did I mention that this was fucking delicious?
Seriously. I am pissed that I just discovered it because I am at the point where I need to lose 10+ pounds, like, yesterday. No room for PB&’nanner sammiches there!
A little bit of kismet: on my first day back from work after the holidays I found a mint-condition issue of the now-defunct Weekly World News in the office kitchen.
Lord knows where it came from. It’s the BEST OF dated August 20, 2007. It’s amazing. It may be the last issue ever. I want to frame it and hang it in my new abode. I miss the WWN.
Anyhoo, Happy Birthday, Mr. Presley, where ever you are!
(Well, according to WWN in August of 2007 you were in Paris, but whatevs).
I took this picture when I was at Graceland last year. It’s Elvis in heaven.
Or, in the Turn Back the Hands of Time sequence from Grease 2:
Oh! In case you missed it, here is the phenomenal Elvis lamp that I bought for the new house:
I’ve wanted one for years and finally got one at Retrofurn here in Baltimore. Elvis now lives in my bedroom. And it freaks me out if I fall in his direct line of sight.
But totally worth it.