I have been an Elvis fan for as long as I can remember. I saw all of his movies, bought all of his records and followed his career from the very beginning. I saw him in concert in 1973 when he started touring again after his movie making era. I still have such fond memories of that concert and anytime that I hear one of the songs he sang, it takes me back to such a wonderful experience I will never forget. When we visited Stone Mountain in May and saw their laser show, they played one of my favorite Elvis songs, An American Trilogy. It brought back memories for me and I started listening to my Elvis music when I returned home. One day I realized that in all my blogging about the South, I had never even mentioned Elvis.
So today is the day. I do remember that Elvis loved peanut butter and banana sandwiches and he liked them fried in bacon grease. I have never heard of this being done by anyone but Elvis. I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches and I have to admit that I have mashed up the peanut butter and banana together and I know that doesn’t look that appealing. It does taste good though. I started thinking of recipes I would like to feature that would include foods Elvis liked.
When I saw my Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House Cookbook, I realized that if Elvis was coming for dinner ( being Southern he might call it supper) I would go straight to that cookbook to find special recipes just for him. When I saw this recipe for the bacon casserole I thought it would be a great recipe for someone that loves the South and loves bacon.
Then I saw the recipe for fried bananas and since Elvis loved fried food and bananas he would love this dish. And because I believe peanut butter goes with just about everything, I guess you could use it as a sauce for the bananas.
For me, one of my childhood dreams came true when I saw Elvis in person. He did leave the South when he joined the army and when he made movies but I will always believe he never left or forgot his Southern roots. When he sang the following words in the American Trilogy, he always seemed so sincere.
Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old things they are not forgotten
Look away, look away, look away dixieland
Oh I wish I was in dixie, away, away
In dixieland I take my stand to live and die in dixie
Cause dixieland, that’s where I was born
Early lord one frosty morning
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland
Hmmmmm. A southern face and a southern soul that takes me back to such a special place in my life. There Has Never Been But One Elvis. Happy Friday Everyone.