I’ve always been fascinated by Elvis’s horrid southern low and slow cooking diet. It is not what killed him (prescription drug abuse did) but he would not have likely lived to see his 70’s eating the way he did.
That said, I’m a huge Elvis fan and own a bunch of cookbooks put out on his behalf included the coveted holy grail, the Presley Family Cookbook put out by his uncle Vester (who was a Graceland security guard) and one of his cooks, Nancy Rooks (the only one of Elvis’s cooks still alive).
While the pan fried peanut butter and banana sandwich gets all the headlines, Elvis professed the best sandwich he’d ever eaten was the Fool’s Gold Loaf sold by the Colorado Mining Company (long since out of business). The full story of Elvis and the sandwich is here: Fool’s Gold Loaf.
The sandwich was pretty simple: A loaf of italian bread is hollowed out, covered in two tablespoons of butter and placed in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes. Fry up some bacon, a bunch of creamy peanut butter and grape jelly. Cover the top half with jelly, bottom half with peanut butter and put still warm bacon in the center. Slice and serve.
I always wanted to try this. Tonight I did. It was really good. I’m not going to make it a regular thing, but maybe every August 16th…Elvis’s anniversary of departing to the great beyond.
Have a wonderful evening, King.