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Don’t Try This At Home: Part 1 – Elvis Sandwich

In the name of science, I’m going to be pushing the boundaries of what constitutes sensible eating, so that you don’t have to. This week I tried out the Elvis Sandwich, the alleged favourite food of the King himself.

This recipe gets some sort of legitimacy by appearing in Nigella Lawson’s 2001 book Nigella Bites. Given that it’s published alongside Deep-fried Bounties in a chapter entitled “Trashy”, healthy eating isn’t really the perogative of this snack.

Lightly toast two slices of bread, then spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on one slice, and a whole mashed banana on the other. Sandwich together and fry in two ounces of butter until golden, turning once. Remove to a plate, cut in half, eat the first half, lie down for about half an hour, then struggle through the second half. Cancel any physical activity planned for the rest of the day.

This isn’t for the feint-hearted. I’m not a fan of either peanut butter or bananas to be honest, but when fried together they do melt into a kind of caramel-y gloop that re-defines over-indulgence.

I’ve tried to work out the calories on this, and I reckon it’s something in the order of 1090 calories (2x white bread @ 95 cal each, 50g butter = 350 cal, a banana = 150 cal, 75g approx Peanut Butter = 400 cal).

To put that into context, that’s the equivalent of two Big Macs. Or four Mars Bars. Or 54 portions of Brussels Sprouts.

Yeah, I think I’d stick to the Elvis sandwich too.