A Big Hunk O’Love (and a PNB & ‘Nanner on the Side)

Who says too much of a good thing is bad for you? Not us and certainly not when it comes to Elvis Presley!  Here at Recipe Book Rescue, we are still celebrating Elvis Week 2016.  A few days ago we offered up a delicious set of menus fit for The King (and his mother). As promised, we are sharing some of those taste-tempting and waistline-expanding recipes.

3421538978_e287984057_zThe infamous Peanut Butter & ‘Nanner Sandwich has captivated our attention and during our research we’ve found duelling recipes.  One features bacon (and lots of it) and one is simply the three core ingredients.

According to TheKitchenProject.com, “At home, the King always specified exactly what foods should be kept on hand, whether at his Graceland mansion in Memphis or at his house in Beverly Hills.” As expected, peanut butter is on the list, along with bacon. Suspiciously missing is white bread and bananas.  Maybe that was just ‘understood?’

David Adler’s book, The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley, stated , “Elvis enjoyed eating picnic style. However, he fastidiously used a knife and fork to eat his peanut butter and banana sandwiches.”

Recipe Book Rescue whipped up both versions of the recipe and never found the need for a fork and knife. However, we didn’t succumb to massive globs of butter either. Perhaps that’s simply the ‘Presley Difference?’ If you think the only difference is slapping a thick layer of bacon on the sandwich, you’d be wrong!  Keep reading… Whichever you choose, with bacon or without, Recipe Book Rescue gives both, a sticky two-thumbs up!  Make sure to wash those ‘nanner sandwiches down with an ice cold Pepsi.

From Elvis’ Kitchen – Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches

  • 2 large bananas
  • 6 slices of white bread
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Peel and mash the bananas. Mix peanut butter with bananas thoroughly. Toast bread lightly and spread mix on bread. Melt butter in skillet and brown sandwiches on each side slowly until golden brown.

Post card purchased at Graceland Gift Shop circa 2000.

Peanut Butter and Fried Banana and Bacon Sandwich

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 large bananas
  • 6 slices of white bread
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Flour

Cook the bacon and drain on paper towels.  Slice the bananas crosswise into 3″ segments and then cut lengthwise into segment about 1/4″ thick. Dust the bananas with flour and fry in the bacon fat, left in the pan, until golden brown.  Butter one side of each piece of bread. Spread approximately 3 tablespoons (give or take) of peanut butter on the other sides of breads. Layer bananas and bacon on top of the peanut butter, topping with the buttered slice of bread (butter facing out).  Fry the sandwiches until golden brown.

The secret here?  No mashing of the bananas, but instead frying the bananas in the bacon fat FIRST, before adding to the sandwich.  Sandy Hoopes at Everyday Southwest discovered that little known fact and it was directly attributed to Gladys Presley. Check out the Sandy’s variation on The King’s classic sandwich at Everyday Southwest.



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