Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: The Kings Famous Fried Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Kings Famous Fried Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches


Of all the Elvis Things that fascinate us 30 summers after his death, none has more resonance than the humble Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich. The sandwich is a classic of Southern po' folks cuisine: two inexpensive common ingredients slapped on white bread and fried. After Elvis grew up and got rich, his cook Mary Jenkins used butter, but you can be sure the ones he got earlier from his mother, Gladys, were fried in oleo. In either case, you ate the sandwich with a knife and fork, it tasted great, it filled you up, and who cared if it had 500 calories and a slug of saturated fat? Elvis also dined large on barbecue sandwiches, barbecue pizzas, mash potatoes, peas, apple pie and meatloaf -- the latter which he sometimes ate for weeks, even months, in a row. If it came on a blue plate, it was special. Elvis favorite food's were truly southern , a man after my own heart.

I was watching Paula's Home Cooking as usual and she was preparing Elvis land marking sandwiches. Of course in true Paula Deen fashion I had to make it! I love plain Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches, but fried and then rolled in cinnamon sugar my lord that woman is definitely trying to kill me. I made a batch of these bad boys for lunch over the weekend. They were really good and really rich, whew I could only eat a half of one followed by a large glass of milk to wash it down. I can see why this was Elvis favorite sandwich it really was great. My daughter said "these samiches' are good mommy, but who is Elvis????? I explained to her in the only way I could so an 8 year old could understand, but she still really didn't know who he was. Oh well maybe when she's older. We did happened to see him on TV later that week and she said Mommy that's that man and the sandwich. Why does he dance like that??? Kids are so funny they crack me up.


These are the ingredients that you will need.




in a frying pan or a stove top griddle melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Watch carefully so the butte doesn't burn.




Slice the bananas in 1/4 inch slices.




in a small bowl mix together the peanut butter, honey and cinnamon. I used creamy peanut butter since my kiddos don't like nuts.




Butter your bread, yep more butter.


Spread the peanut butter mixture on both pieces of bread and add the banana slices to one slice. Top the sandwich with the other slice of bread. I found it easier to butter the second side of the bread once you place the sandwiches on the griddle.


Grill the sandwiches in the frying pan or griddle until each side is golden brown.


Wow look how pretty and golden brown they are.




For topping, combine the sugar and cinnamon in shallow plate. Coat the grilled sandwiches with the mixture. Cut diagonally and serve hot.




Whew these sandwiches were definitely some bad boys. I don't know how Elvis ate these as often as he did they are so rich in flavor but definitely good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he did have that right. If you love peanut butter and you love bananas you will love this ewee gooey sandwich.



Fried Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 to 3 ripe bananas
8 slices white bread

Topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

In a frying pan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Make sure butter does not burn. In a small bowl mix together the peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon. Slice the bananas into 1/4-inch thick slices. Spread the peanut butter mixture on 4 slices of bread and cover with banana slices. Top with the remaining 4 slices of bread. Spread the remaining butter on both sides of the sandwiches. Grill the sandwiches in the frying pan until each side is golden brown.
For topping, combine the sugar and cinnamon in shallow plate. Coat the grilled sandwiches with the mixture. Cut diagonally and serve hot.


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