40 years later, we're still eating like Elvis

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's untimely death. And while the indelible effects of his career on the progression of 20th century music are far from forgotten, the mark he left on the food world is also worth acknowledging.

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Probably the most notable of the King's culinary contributions is his famous sandwich: peanut butter, bananas, bacon. It's kooky, decadent, and surprisingly contemporary, what with this bacon-in-everything moment that we can't quite seem to shake. While banana and peanut butter are predictable bedfellows, the bacon adds savory crunch, a staccato in an otherwise goopy melody.

Elvis throughout the years

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Circa 1958, American singer and actor Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) sits in a restaurant wearing his US Army uniform. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
ELVIS PRESLEY -- Pictured: Singer Elvis Presley during a performance (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
GERMANY - FEBRUARY 1959: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley signals that everything is ok during his tour of duty in Germany in February of 1959. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
GERMANY - FEBRUARY 1959: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley poses for a portrait during his tour of duty in Germany in February of 1959. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
GERMANY - 1959: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley wearing his US Army uniform during his tour of duty in 1959 in Germany. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
1959: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley gets his hair shorn off in preparation for his tour of duty in in the United States Army in 1959 in Germany. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
(GERMANY OUT) Presley, Elvis*08.01.1935-16.08.1977+Singer, actor, USA - Elvis visits rock 'n' roller Bill Haley (l) in his dressing room during his Germany tour in Frankfurt (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Elvis Presley runs a comb through his famous tresses at the Draftee Receiving Depot here on March 24th. The songster is scheduled for a trip to the G. I. barber on March 25th, where the key to his locks will probably be found.
JUNE 24: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley poses for a portrait with teddy bears to publicize the release of his record 'Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear' on June 24, 1957. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1957: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley poses for a portrait in circa 1957. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 6: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performs on stage on the Ed Sullivan Show on January 6, 1957 in New York City, NY.(Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Singer Elvis Presley holding up actress Jennifer Holden, his co-star in the film 'Jailhouse Rock', as they spend time together in a swimming pool, circa 1957. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American rock and roll singer and actor Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) smiles as he stands with his hands in his pockets and a guitar around his shoulders during his second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, New York, New York, October 28, 1956. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1956: Photo of Elvis Presley during the filming of 'Love Me Tender' in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Portrait around 1966 of the American singer/actor Elvis PRESLEY. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: A portrait around 1966 of Elvis PRESLEY, the famous American singer/actor. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Las Vegas, Nev..Entertainer, Elvis Presley sits cheek to cheek wit his bride, the former Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, following their wedding May 1, 1967.
(Original Caption) 5/1/1967-Las Vegas, NV: Elvis Presley gives his new bride, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, a kiss following their wedding. The bride wears a large diamond on her finger.
ELVIS: '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Susan Henning as Blonde Girl, Elvis Presley during his '68 Comeback Special on NBC -- (Photo by: Frank Carroll/Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ELVIS: '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL -- Pictured: Elvis Presley during his '68 Comeback Special on NBC -- (Photo by: Frank Carroll/Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 1: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley during a press conference after his first performance at the International Hotel in Las vegas, Nevada on August 1, 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
380450 08: President Richard Nixon shakes hands with Elvis Presley December 21, 1970 at the White House. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
Promotional headshot of actor and musician Elvis Presley, as he appears in the documentary film 'Elvis; That's The Way It Is', 1970. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 9: Entertainer Elvis Presley gives a press conference for his three day concert at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 1972 at New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) Elvis is Back. New York: Elvis Presley, 37, tells one of his rare news conferences in New York that his gyrating performances of 15 years ago, which shocked thousands of parents and got him censored below the waist on television, were 'tame compared to what they're doing now.' He said, 'All I did was jiggle.'
Elvis Presley (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
(GERMANY OUT) Presley, Elvis *08.01.1935-16.08.1977+Saenger, Schauspieler, USA - Comeback-Konzert im International CenterHawaii 'That's the way it is' (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
circa 1975: American rock singer Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977), wearing a white rhinestone-studded suit and strapped guitar, singing into a microphone with his eyes closed. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Elvis Presley with girlfriend Linda Thompson (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
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Hailing from Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis' twang belied a palate equally as Southern. He favored biscuits and bologna and held a special affinity for anything deep fried. In a 1995 BBC documentary, Mary Jenkins Langston, Presley's preferred Graceland chef, loads a cast iron pan with pats of butter before lowering a peanut butter banana sandwich into a boiling bath. Clad in a t-shirt emblazoned with Presley's face, she smiles at his memory and greases burger buns in his honor.

She prepared for him the homestyle recipes of his impoverished youth. One element of fame and wealth to which Presley never acclimated was the diet. He denounced champagne and caviar in favor of collards.

Unfortunately, his diet had much to do with his death. And at the tender age of 42, Presley suffered a fatal heart attack. So we celebrate his memory—and appetite!—with some Elvis inspired recipes pulled from the site. Enjoy in moderation.

The Anchovy Elvis: Anchovy Almond Butter, Banana, and Honey Sandwich
 
The Anchovy Elvis: Anchovy Almond Butter, Banana, and Hon... by Double Helping
For a Healthy Kick of Spice, Add This One Thing to Your Buttermilk Biscuits
 
For a Healthy Kick of Spice, Add This One Thing to Your B... by Food52
Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk
 
Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk by Gena Hamshaw
Julia Turshen's No-Freakout Fried Chicken
 
Julia Turshen's No-Freakout Fried Chicken by Ali Slagle
Southern Slow Cooker Choucroute
 
Southern Slow Cooker Choucroute by Nicholas Day
The Best Way to Cook Bacon
 

The Best Way to Cook Bacon by Brette Warshaw

Related: Elvis and Priscilla

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Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla Presley
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Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla Presley
(Original Caption) 5/1/1967-Las Vegas, NV: Elvis Presley gives his new bride, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, a kiss following their wedding. The bride wears a large diamond on her finger.
(Original Caption) Las Vegas, Nev..Entertainer, Elvis Presley sits cheek to cheek wit his bride, the former Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, following their wedding May 1, 1967.
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: Wedding Photos of Elvis Presley to Priscilla on May 01,1967 (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Portrait of American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) and his girlfriend and later wife Priscilla Beaulieu, 1960s. (Photo by Max B. Miller/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Newlyweds Elvis and Priscilla Presley, who met while Elvis was in the Army, prepare to board their private jet following their wedding at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley & Elvis Presley in Hawaii, California (Photo by Magma Agency/WireImage)
American actress Priscilla Presley, who was married to Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973, circa 1975. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Priscilla Presley, who was married to Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973, circa 1975. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Entertainer Elvis Presley leaves Santa Monica California Superior Court after being granted a divorce from his wife Priscilla. The couple had been married six years and in spite of the October 9 divorce proceedings, they appeared very amicable as they left the courtroom.
American actress Priscilla Presley, who was married to Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973, circa 1975. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) USA Photo of Lisa-Marie PRESLEY and Priscilla PRESLEY and Elvis PRESLEY, with his wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa-Marie - c.1970 (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES, CA - 1988: Actress and former wife of Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley, poses during a 1988 Los Angeles, California, break in filming of 'The Naked Gun.' Presley starred with Leslie Nielsen in the three cop spoofs. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 4: Priscilla Presley gives a press conference to announce Elvis Presley's home, Graceland Mansion, will open to the public on June 7, 1982 as a memorial museum on May 4, 1982 at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Priscilla Presley, Chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises, pictured at news press conference to promote Elvis Presley Showtime TV Special, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 4th January 1985. (Photo by Eddie Sanderson/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
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