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If Elvis Presley were alive today, he’d be celebrating his 77th birthday.

He may have been the king of rock and roll, but Elvis Presley had an appetite that was more down-home than aristocratic. A Mississippi boy at heart, Elvis preferred iconic Southern dishes, such as buttermilk corn bread, Memphis-style bbq, banana pudding, and sweet potato pie.

His favorite snack, which he apparently taught the cooks at Graceland to make, was his mama’s grilled peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich. The King allegedly preferred mashed bananas, but slices work just fine. He also liked his peanut butter smooth and creamy and his bacon burnt. Unless you’re a truly dedicated Elvis Presley fan, the burnt bacon is optional.

In honor of the King, I’ll be having an Elvis today. Will you?

The Elvis
Makes 1

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 slices white bread
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 slices cooked bacon
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

1. Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread, banana on the other. Add bacon slices and close sandwich.
2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook sandwich 2 minutes per side, or until golden. Eat it while it’s hot. Keep all the ingredients close at hand -- you’ll likely be making another.