I remember hearing about how Elvis loved a special peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Now, I thought it was just a couple slices of bread, spread on some peanut butter and jelly and voila'! There you have it.

Wow, was I wrong!

Here's the story of the sandwich...and the recipe so you can make your very own. After reading this and seeing the recipe you might just want to go ahead and stuff this thing directly into your aorta and get it over with!

So crank up a little 'Jailhouse Rock', pour yourself a tall, tall glass of milk and let's eat!

On the evening of February 1, 1976, Elvis Presley took his private jet from Graceland to Denver and back in one night because he was craving an 8,000 calorie sandwich made from a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with an entire jar of peanut butter, one jar of jelly, and a pound of bacon.

The King was visiting at Graceland with a couple police officers from Denver, and while reminiscing they began talking about a sandwich Presley had loved at a restaurant called the Colorado Mine Company. Presley decided he had to have one that night, so the Lisa Marie (airplane) was called into service and away they went.

They arrived at the Denver airport at 1:40 a.m., and were met by the proprietors of the restaurant, who provided them with 22 fresh Fools Gold Loaves, the name of the sandwich. They invited the pilots and the people from the restaurant to dine with them on the Lisa Maria, staying at the airplane hangar three hours, eating sandwiches and drinking Perrier and champagne. Then they headed back to Memphis.

The sandwich became legendary as one of Presley’s favorite sandwiches. It originally was priced at $49.99, and later it went all the way up to $65.  The original restaurant is now closed, but if you’re ever in Golden, Colorado, you can find it at Nick’s Café. Nick was the teenage chef who prepared Elvis’ midnight snack back so long ago. He’s decorated the restaurant with Elvis memorabilia and has the King belting out his songs from the radio.

Here is the recipe for the sandwich. Unfortunately the original jam used in the sandwich, Dickinson’s blueberry preserves, is no longer made, but surely you can find a noteworthy substitute.

Fool’s Gold PBJ Sandwich

o 2 T margarine
o 1 loaf French white bread
o 1 lb / 450 g bacon slices
o 1 jar of smooth peanut butter
o 1 jar of grape jelly

Heat the oven to 350F/180C. Spread the margarine generously all over all sides of the loaf. Place it on a baking sheet in the oven.

Meanwhile, fry the bacon in a bit of oil until it is crisp and drain it thoroughly on paper towels.

Remove the loaf from the oven when it is evenly browned, after approximately 15 minutes. Slice the loaf lengthwise and hollow out the interior, leaving as much bread along the walls as desired. Slather a thick layer of peanut butter in the cavity of the loaf and follow with another thick layer of grape jelly. Use lots of both.

Arrange the bacon slices inside the cavity, or, if desired, layer the bacon slivers between the peanut butter and jelly. Close the loaf, slice and eat.

Serves one if you’re Elvis. Serves 8-10 if you’re a regular person.

Nash Prep Contributed To This Article


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