How To Make The Famous Elvis Presley Banana, Peanut Butter, Bacon Sandwich On The King's 78th Birthday

Jan 09, 2013 01:30 PM EST | By Staff Reporter

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Elvis Presley was a man full of contradictions, shunning hard drugs but addicted to prescription medicines. It seems that the pressures of being a celebrity, and having to perform night after night, drove him to seek an ever-elusive comfort in physical things. His early death at the age of 42 shook the nation, but his legacy lives on.

Presley was known as a tremendous singer, but was also a foodie. Along with an outsized personality, he also had a huge girth fueled by the intense culinary cravings that sometimes hit him in the middle of the night. On his 78th birthday, we remember the King and his notorious Favorite Snack by digging up the recipe to share with our readers.

Ingredients: Peanut Butter, White Bread, Bananas, Bacon, Butter

1.       Spread peanut butter on white bread

2.       Slice bananas down the middle, place on one slice of bread

3.       Top with bacon and the other slice of bread

4.       Melt butter in a pan, grill the sandwich 1-2 minutes until golden brown

Be careful with the recipe, cravings for this kind of snack apparently led Elvis to go from a slender and sexy celebrity to the bulky singer that he was in his waning years. Eat in moderation.

Many restaurants celebrated the day with some Elvis-themed concoctions, including "The Elvis" cake by the restaurant Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Think peanut butter, bananas, marshmallows, and bacon. Wait, bacon?

Pastry chef Rhonda Ruckman called them a "little bit crazy" but "fun."

Of course, for those who cannot get enough of the Southern crooner, there are Elvis festivals where you can eat your heart out to the theme of the Memphis King. That is exactly what people will be doing in Parkes, NSW Australia, where Elvis impersonators and concerts will be going on all week. And of course, you can probably find The Snack at one of their booths.

Here in the States, Robert Gordon from CBGB will perform tonight - the day after his birthday - at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City at Midtown. Bring your blue suede shoes and enjoy this perennial favorite.

We salute Elvis, and hope he's having a happy birthday wherever he is.

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