Elvis Presley's Comfort Food

The King's cuisine, on what would have been his 75th birthday

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

In this week's food segment, we celebrate Elvis Presley's 75th birthday with a conversation about his favorite foods, southern cooking traditions, and personal memories of the King himself from Judy Peiser, executive director of the Center for Southern Folklore in Memphis. (click through for recipes for Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches and Banana Pudding)


ELVIS'S FRIED PEANUT BUTTER AND NANNER SANDWICH, from "Are You Hungry Tonight?: Elvis' Favorite Recipes" By Brenda Arlene Butler

  • 1 small ripe banana
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter

In a small bowl, mash to banana with the back of a spoon.  Toast the bread lightly.  Spread the peanut butter on one slice of toast and the mashed banana on the other.  Fry the sandwich in melted butter until each side is golden brown. Cut diagonally and serve hot.

NOTE: According to the Splendid Table, Elvis ate 12-15 of these sandwiches in a sitting!

MRS. COCKE'S BANANA PUDDING RECIPE (Reportedly eaten by Elvis shortly before he died) from "Life & Cuisine Of Elvis Presley" by David Adler

In "The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley" Adler says that Marion Cocke - a nurse at Baptist Hospital who Elvis befriended during one of his stays - was called to Graceland just a few days before he died and fed him her banana pudding at 3 a.m.

  • 3/4 cup sugar 3 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup flour, for thickening
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Vanilla wafers
  • Thinly sliced bananas

"Throw in a pot" the sugar, egg yolks, milk, flour and vanilla extract. Cook till thick over low heat, mixing well. Remove from heat and cool. In a glass bowl that can be covered, layer some vanilla wafers, banana slices, and spoon some of the mixture over the top. Repeat the layers until the bowl is full, then top with meringue. 


  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Beats egg whites until stiff, then add the sugar and vanilla. Spoon on top of the pudding and brown in the oven. Serve chilled.



Judy Peiser

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [6]

ashley from sunny california.. but not today.. its rainy today =)

anyone know where i can find the directions for the peanut butter banana pudding.. i found an article from a news paper back in the 80's with the recipe but no directions.. huge elvis fan and i know its crazy but i wanna try it..

Feb. 26 2010 10:49 PM

Sometimes I cook up some left over pork and beans with fried hamburger and put them together. YUM! I know it sounds gross but it's good!

Jan. 30 2010 08:25 PM

Yes. Sometimes I pour leftover tea on the rice and microwave it. Oh, forgot to mention I add a dash of soy sauce. It's a good substitute for chicken soup on a cold winter day and a break from fat-laden foods this winter tempts me to eat!

Jan. 06 2010 10:58 AM

Wow, Jean, green tea? How do you add that to the tuna and rice -- just pour it over the bowl?

Jan. 06 2010 10:48 AM

My mom's version of ochazuke - canned tuna and green tea over leftover rice. Mmmm.

Jan. 06 2010 10:04 AM

Chicken pot pie is one of my favorite comfort foods.

Jan. 06 2010 07:30 AM

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