Yes, that's the legendary fried peanut butter and banana sandwich that the King, Elvis Presley, consumed in mass quantities. What made me do it? Well, Glenna over at A fridge full of food and nothing to eat has a zany blogging event called Weekend Obnoxious But Amazingly Tasty recipes (WOBAT). Of course, she took the obvious choice for her post, a fried Twinkie. I e-mailed her and complained that I couldn't think of anything obnoxious but tasty to make, and she said, "Well Sher, we always have Elvis as our guide." And she's right, of course. I've never had a fried PB and banana sandwich, but I've always wanted to taste one. So, here was my chance, and it was very, very good. In fact, I'm surprised the King didn't add bacon to the ingredients. I bet that would make it perfect.
Legend has it that Elvis ate dozens of these a day. That's frightening, because the fat grams have to be very high for just one sandwich. I was tempted to use whole wheat bread instead of white. But, I'm going to make a wild guess and assume that Elvis never had whole wheat bread in his life. And it wouldn't have been true to Elvis to use anything but white bread. That meant I had to buy a big squishy loaf of white bread in Davis, which is politically incorrect. There weren't many loaves of it in the bread aisle, but I finally found a loaf of Sara Lee and hid it in my basket, in case I met someone I know. Come on, admit it--we all look at what other people buy at the grocery store.
Here it is. It was delicious, but I'll never have one again. I'm not ready to die yet.
Elvis Presley Fried Peanut Butter And Banana Sandwich
2 slices white bread
2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter (and not that reduced fat stuff)
1 small banana
2 Tablespoons butter
Toast the bread slightly and cool. Spread the PB on one slice, but don't bring the PB up to the edge of the bread.The PB will get warm and run a bit. Slice or mash the banana and put it on the other slice of bread (or on top of the slice with PB on it). Put the bread slices together and fry in hot melted butter until each side is browned.