Peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich
|Alternative name(s)||Elvis sandwich, the Elvis|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Main ingredient(s)||Sliced bread, peanut butter, banana, bacon|
||It has been suggested that Fool's Gold Loaf be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since August 2011.|
The peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich, or peanut butter and banana sandwich, sometimes referred to as an Elvis sandwich or simply the Elvis, consists of toasted bread slices with peanut butter, sliced or mashed banana, and sometimes bacon. Honey is seen in some variations of the sandwich. The sandwich is frequently cooked in a pan or on a griddle. The recipe for the sandwich has been published in numerous cookbooks and newspaper stories. It is sold commercially in restaurants that specialize in peanut butter sandwiches, such as Peanut Butter & Co.
The peanut butter and banana sandwich has been referred to as a favorite of Elvis Presley, who was renowned for his food cravings such as the Fool's Gold Loaf, a loaf of Italian bread filled with a pound of bacon, peanut butter, and grape jelly. Books on Elvis Presley's favorite foods and culinary tastes, as well as other published reports on his taste for peanut butter and banana sandwiches with or without bacon, have made the sandwich widely associated with Presley. It is often referred to using his name.
Presley's fondness for peanut butter and banana sandwiches is well established, but bacon is not mentioned in all accounts. A book about Presley and his mother, Gladys Presley, though, says he had "sandwich after sandwich of his favorite—peanut butter, sliced bananas, and crisp bacon". Another passage describes him talking "feverishly until dawn" while "wolfing" down the sandwiches (described in this instance as being made with mashed banana).
A news report suggests that, based on renditions of sandwiches named after him, Presley ate his with caramelized bananas and crispy bacon on grilled Hawaiian bread, and grilled by his mother or his cook in bacon fat. The Good, the Bad, and the Yummy describes it as consisting of half a banana and a piece of bacon per sandwich, browning the sandwiches in a frying pan with butter, cutting the sandwiches into wedges, and piling them high.
Popularity among other celebrities 
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that he would select a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich as his "last meal", using toasted Wonder Bread, melted Skippy Super Chunky, banana slices, and bacon. The subject came up when Bloomberg was discussing Philadelphia cheesesteak with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.
A variant on the sandwich is the peanut butter banana club sandwich, which combines the sandwich with a club sandwich by adding lettuce, brown sugar and lemon juice. Another version of the sandwich was sold under the name The Memphis at the "all peanut butter sandwich" restaurant P.B. Loco prior to the company going out of business, which added honey and substituted bacon bits for bacon strips.
The sandwich is also included as a decadent option for a sandwich in a cooking for dogs cookbook. Alternative fillings suggested include sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, and apples.
See also 
- "Peanut Butter Sandwich Takes on a New Zest". St. Petersburg Independent. September 7, 1983. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
- "Remember, Mom, Lunch is Important". St. Petersburg Times. November 9, 1972. Retrieved 2009-05-11.[dead link]
- Sietsema, Robert (August 14, 2007). "Hunka hunka burnin' bacon". Salon.
- Smith, Liz (2002-11-10). "Ain't Nothin' but a Chow Hound". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
- Dunn, Brad; Daniel Hood (2004). New York: The Unknown City. Arsenal Pulp Press. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-55152-161-9.
- "The Elvis". Food Network. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
- Zalben, Lee; Jerry FRW Seinfeld, Theresa Raffetto (2005). The Peanut Butter & Co. cookbook: recipes from the world's nuttiest sandwich shop. Quirk Books. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-59474-056-5.
- Examples of the sandwich sans bacon are easily found; gossip columnist Liz Smith provides one: Smith, Liz (2005). Dishing: great dish—and dishes—from America's most beloved gossip columnist. Simon and Schuster. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7432-5156-3.
- Dundy, Elaine (2004). Elvis and Gladys. Oxford: UP of Mississippi. pp. 227, 256. ISBN 978-1-57806-634-6.
- Steiman, Adina (2007). The Good, the Bad, and the Yummy: Food that Suits Your Mood. Running Press. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-7624-2743-7.
- Seifman, David (July 26, 2008). "Mayor's 'last meal' a killer". The New York Post. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
- Lisa Loeb, Roey Hershkovitz Wedding announcement January 31, 2009 New York Times
- Seftel, Howard (Jan. 12, 2006). "P.B. Loco". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
- Lisa Fortunato The Everything Cooking for Dogs Book: 150 Quick and Healthy Recipes Your Dog Will Love! Edition: illustrated Everything Books, 2007 ISBN 1-59869-431-6, ISBN 978-1-59869-431-4 210 page 190
- Recipe from Food Network
- Chillag, Ian (September 27, 2010). "Sandwich Monday: "The (Sandwich That Helped Kill) Elvis"". NPR.