At first, this sandwich seems like a comically disgusting and quintessentially American combination – something that might appear on Man v. Food. It is something which has to be eaten to be believed: the bread delicately crisps in the hot butter, each mouthful yielding with a gentle crunch. The combination of peanut butter and banana is harmoniously salty-sweet, creamy, and vanilla-scented. 

This sandwich comes together within minutes and is delicious, filling, and comforting, something you want to apply to your face in order to soak up a hangover or send away hunger pangs. It’s really no wonder that this was reputedly one of Elvis’s favourite things to eat.

…I shared half a sandwich with my boyfriend…

A healthier version involves just toasting the bread rather than frying the whole sandwich. You could also use brown bread. On the other hand, you can also add a drizzle of honey and crisp slices of fried streaky bacon to the filling and increase the salty-sweet flavour contrast. 

The amount given here is for one sandwich, which is plenty for one person; I shared half a sandwich with my boyfriend and we both felt we could have gone for another slice. It’s up to you whether you want to pile them high and go into YouTube food challenge territory.

Slightly adapted from Nigella Lawson’s ‘Nigella Bites’

Recipes: Fried Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich ‘The Elvis’

Rating: 51


  • . 2 slices of white Bread
  • . 1 small to medium sized ripe Banana (or half of a huge one)
  • . Approximately 2 tablespoons smooth Peanut Butter
  • . 2 tablespoons Butter


  1. In a small bowl, mash the banana into a paste. Spread this evenly on one slice of bread.
  2. On the other slice of the bread, dollop over and spread the peanut butter. Carefully sandwich the bread slices together. Get your plate ready.
  3. Heat a smallish frying pan over a medium flame. Hold your hand a few inches above the pan: when you can feel the heat coming off the pan, add all of the butter.
  4. Once the butter has stopped foaming and sizzling, carefully place the sandwich in the pan. Fry for half a minute or so on each side until it starts to smell good and is crisp and brown. Gently turn with tongs or a spatula.
  5. When it’s done, lift onto your plate, cut in half and enjoy.

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