No, I didn’t see Elvis’ face in my grilled cheese—April is National Grilled Cheese Month! You probably know of Elvis’ favorite sandwich—peanut butter, banana, honey and bacon. I turned this outrageous sandwich into ridiculous (and vegetarian) by replacing the bacon with extra sharp cheddar cheese and then grilling the mother lover. I was inspired by the peanut butter and cheese sandwiches I loved as a kid. It is just truly silly, but one bite and you’ll think it’s like steroids on crack. Just skip the nutritional information because you don’t want to know—and go grab a skillet.
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Time: 15 minutes active and total
4 slices bread, about 2 ounces total
1 1/2 tablespoon butter
3 ounces extra sharp cheddar, preferably orange and American (CA, NY or VT), sliced
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, with salt
1 medium banana, sliced
1 tablespoon honey
1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, butter one side of each slice of bread. Flip the slices over and on one side lay cheese, then banana slices and drizzle honey over top. On the other slice, spread peanut butter.
2. Carefully put the sandwich together and put on the hot skillet. Place a weight on top like a plate or foil-wrapped brick. Grill 2–3 minutes on each side. Eat it up!
Writer Bio: Adrienne D. Capps loves food AND is a vegetarian! These things are not mutually exclusive in her world. She is passionate about eating, drinking, cooking, teaching, reading about food and growing food. Her goal with her food blog, Vegetarianized.com, is to open up the world of vegetarian cooking and eating to the veg-friendly and the veg-curious in an accessible way. She promises never to try to convert or make you feel guilty—just that eating less meat can be part of a healthy, fun and, above all tasty, lifestyle.