Recently, I was told that Elvis Presley loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Long a PB&B fan, I was intrigued to hear about the addition of “fried” to the concoction. Like anyone raised in the South, I love me some fried; rarely if ever has there been a food or food group that couldn’t be improved by the addition of some fried.
Fried chicken. Fried cheese. Fried ice cream. Fried pickles. Fried Snickers.
Even tempura vegetables and their ilk of other cultures hark back to the deep fat frier crispiness of Southern fried awesomeness, and I am a supporter of fried almost anything.
So, when I heard about the King and his PB&B sammies (fried), I decided, “If it’s good enough for the King, it’s good enough for Jolie O’Dell, you can bet your deep-fried heinie.”
Within minutes of hearing this alleged recipe, I was slicing bananas, spreading peanut butter, and slivering ice-cold butter into a skillet. The result is part Reeses peanut butter cup, part buttery-syrupy pancake, part grilled cheese sandwich. I highly recommend it as a midnight snack or a gooey, nontraditional tea accompaniment.
FRIED PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA SANDWICHES
Two slices of bread
3-4 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp butter
Spread the desired amount of peanut butter on two slices of bread. The bread should be able to hold up to some grilling and melting, so Wonderbread is totally out. The amount of peanut butter per slice should be equivalent to what you’d use on a PB&J.
Slice a banana lengthwise. The slices should be less than 1/4 inch thick and should run the width of the bread. Leftover banana bits should be liberally coated with peanut butter and consumed by you. You’re the chef; you’ve earned it!
Heat your skillet, brown your butter, and assemble the sandwich. Set the sammie into the browned butter over low, slow heat; the sandwich will take several minutes to reach golden crispness on each side. If you want to sprinkle a little brown sugar over the melting butter, far be it from me to tell you how to live your life.
The peanut butter will get quite melty, making the whole sandwich a tad bit slippery. But it’ll be rich and nutty, with the heated bananas recalling fried plantains. Cut it down the middle (I prefer triangles, myself) and serve.
If you want to go a healthier route, I recommend Sara Lee 45 Calories & Delightful wheat bread, Better N’ Peanut Butter spread, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray. With those substitutions, you’re lookin’ at a lean 250-300 calorie sandwich.