This is the tried and true recipe for a kingly sandwich known as the “Elvis” – or, as some would have it, an “EP.” In the era B.E. (i.e., “Before Elvis”) this sandwich bore the prosaic name: “Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.” The sandwich has its name, as you may have guessed, because it was Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich. I’m not sure if there is any place that serves this sandwich, here in Baltimore but there is a similar dish, the Elvis Pancakes, at the Golden West Cafe in Hampden.
- Two large spoonfuls of peanut butter, the kind with no nuts.
- One ripe banana, the kind with lots of brown speckles – or, better yet, all brown.
- Two slices of white bread, preferably cooked square – or, if necessary, squared off.
- Plenty of margarine (do not substitute butter).
Order of Service
- Mash the banana
- Spread mashed banana on one slice of bread.
- Spread peanut butter on the other slice of bread.
- Put slices together, spread side inward (this is crucial).
- Melt margarine in frying pan, over moderate heat.
- Brown sandwich on both sides, being careful not to burn it.
- Slice diagonally.
- Serve immediately, being careful not to burn your tongue.
Note: This is to be eaten with a knife and fork, not with the hands.