#16 Elvis Special

60 Minutes



Elvis was a true American icon, right down to his sandwiches. He was a fan of overindulgence, down home cooking, and crazy adventures, which is a large part of how this sandwich came to be associated with The King.

Story has it that Elvis was on his Graceland property, drinking with Captain Jerry Kennedy, a Denver native. Some alcohol had been consumed, tales were being told, and somehow the Fool’s Gold Loaf from the Colorado Mine Company in Denver became the focus of conversation. The sandwich contained the following:

  • 1 loaf of French Bread
  • 1 Jar of Blueberry Preserves
  • 1 Jar of Peanut Butter
  • 1 pound of Bacon
  • Generous helpings of margarine

Elvis wanted to eat one so dearly that the whole group hopped on his private jet and flew to Denver. The owner of the Colorado Mine Company came to meet them at the airport with 22 sandwiches in tow. A fantastic and spontaneous party was thrown and everyone present devoured the sandwiches and washed them down with bottles of Dom Perignon from the plane. Sadly, since then the Colorado Mine Company has closed, but the chef who actually prepared those legendary 22 sandwiches is alive today and serves them at his own restaurant, Nicks Café.

No sandwich is perfect however and following this historically significant sandwich event, it is said that Elvis put his own touch on the sandwich. To add some more calories and flavor, Elvis would add sliced or mashed banana to his version of the sandwich instead of jelly (though jelly would often also be included). Also instead of using French bread, Elvis preferred fluffy Hawaiian bread, though this claim is unverified.

I present my proposal for the Elvis Sandwich, designed in such a way that it captures the original story, but tweaks it to be a meal fit for The King.

Honey Butter and Banana are the primary additional ingredients, but I do believe that were Elvis to be presented this sandwich, it would have the additional sweetness and flavor that he loved in his enormous meals. Many recipes for the Elvis Sandwich call for Creamy Peanut Butter, but I think that the opportunity for a delicious and interesting texture is lost with this choice, and Crunchy Peanut Butter is substituted instead. This is one of the most luxurious and intriguing Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, and is just so universally delicious that I honestly believe anyone who isn’t a vegetarian, allergic to peanuts, or on a diet would love to try this sandwich.

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16oz jar of peanut butter, crunchy
16oz jar of blueberry preserves
16oz package of bacon, fried
3 bananas, sliced
1 Large French baguette
3oz Honey Butter
1 Bottle of Dom Perignon



Slice French Baguette

With a bread knife, cut the entire loaf of french bread lengthwise. When finish, apply honey butter to both halves and toast in the oven until it just begins to brown.
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Fry Bacon

While the bread is toasting, fry the entire pack of bacon to your desired level of crispiness. Keep in mind that this sandwich may need to be cut, so extra chewy bacon may make slicing this into sections more challenging.
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Spread Peanut Butter + Preserves

Using the entire jars for each, spread the preserves (jam or jelly) onto the top portion of bread and the peanut butter onto the lower portion. Ideally you should have a 2/3 ratio of Peanut Butter to Preserves.
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Apply Fried Bacon and Sliced Banana

Slice the 3 bananas and place onto the Preserves side. Apply the bacon to the Peanut Butter side. Depending on how much time has gone by, place into the oven to raise the temperature to a pleasant level.
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