by Chef Kendall Huff
Native Foods Cafe
It all began on January 8th, 1935. Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo Mississippi and it was probably just a few years later that he took his first bite of the sandwich that was to later become immortalized. Happy Birthday Elvis!
Not only do the ladies still swoon about the 33 films, millions of records sold, 14 Grammy nominations (3 won), and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award given to him at the age of 36, but really it’s about the sandwich…THE ELVIS!!
It is said that this ‘wich is a grilled or pan fried snack containing sliced or mashed bananas, peanut butter... and sometimes bacon! I made a vegan version... you can see the Earth Balace vegan butter hanging out in the background.
If you are going to use bacon... I’m a fan of this Tempeh Bacon, but please use what you wish, as long as it is vegan!
Now I grew up in a very small town on the boarder on Illinois and Wisconsin where The King, John Cash and Pasty Cline were our lullabies. So I recommend preparing a vegan Elvis sandwich while listening to this:
So being able to make The Elvis today and recreate something similar to share with everyone on his birthday is quite a treat for me indeed. Now I’ve seen Elvis pancakes, cupcakes, pizza and wraps, so I decided to make...
The Elvis Pie!
I came across these animal-free pie crusts and love them, so I just knocked 25 minutes off my pie! YES!
2 each bananas
2 cups chunky peanut butter (no salt)
as needed, water
½ cup organic powdered sugar
6 each vegan bread slices (toasted)
3 oz maple syrup
1 vegan pie crust
1. Slice and layer the banana on the bottom of the pie shell.
2. Place the peanut butter, powdered sugar and water (just enough to thin out the peanut butter a bit) in a saucepot and cook on low heat until all mixed together well. Pour over banans in pie crust and smooth out top with a spatula or spoon.
3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place the pie in the center rack for 30 to 35 minutes or until the outer crust in golden brown.
4. In the meantime, rub one side of each of the slices of bread with maple syrup and toast for 8 to 10 minutes or til they are nice and crunchy. It’s ok to use the same oven and temperature as the pie. When they are cool, crumble the pieces of sweet toast in a bowl (or you can use a food processor).
5. Sprinkle the pie with the maple bread crumbles and some more powdered sugar... and enjoy!
Happy Birthday Elvis!