The Elvis Sandwich
By Shannon O'Donnell
On one of my trips to NYC, I stumbled upon 'Peanut Butter & Co.', a darling restaurant in Greenwich Village with peanut butter as the star of every item on the menu. One of the sandwiches that caught my eye was 'the Elvis', a gooey, sinful concoction of peanut butter, bananas and honey on white bread. Deep fried. Apparently,this combo was a favorite of The King's, and it's now one of mine too.
On a side note, I loved these flavors together so much that I suggested an Elvis-inspired ice cream to Ben & Jerry's via their website: banana ice cream with peanut butter swirls and honey-coated shortbread. They must have test-marketed it in Portland, because my brother found a pint of it there and said it was delicious! I don't know what happened, but I guess the test marketing of the 'Pelvis Shaker' ice cream didn't go over well, as I've never seen it again...! In the meantime, this sandwich (eaten only VERY rarely...it's not exactly good for you!) will have to do.
THE ELVIS SANDWICH
* 4 slices of white bread
* 2 t butter, softened to spread
* 3-4 T peanut butter
* 1 perfectly ripe banana, sliced
* 2 T honey
1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
2. Butter one side of each piece of the sliced bread. On the opposite side of 2 slices, spread peanut butter. Top with sliced bananas and some honey. Top with the other 2 slices of buttered bread, buttered side out.
3. Fry the two sandwiches in the skillet for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
Enjoy with a big glass of milk! Serves 2.
When she's not forecasting, Shannon O'Donnell enjoys putting together tasty, season-appropriate meals and goodies for her friends and family.