Recipe of the Day: Fool’s Gold Loaf

From comes the recipe for one of Elvis’ favorite sandwiches:

Fool’s Gold Loaf

– 1 loaf Italian white bread
– 2 tbsps butter
– 1 lb lean bacon
– 1 jar smooth peanut butter
– 1 jar grape jelly
Serves: Elvis (8-10 people)

The house specialty of the now defunct Colorado Gold Mine Company restaurant, legend has it Elvis flew from Memphis to Denver late one night just to down one of these 42,000-calorie monsters. Despite the added weight, the plane made it back.

Wise men say only fools rush in to a sandwich like this, but you can’t help risking a massive coronary to try it:

Cooking: Slather the butter all over the loaf’s entire exterior surface. Then toss it onto a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for around 15 minutes or until browned. Meanwhile, fry the bacon — lean, for “health” purposes.

Assembly: Slice the loaf lengthwise, then hollow it out, for ample room to glob on the entire jars of peanut butter and jelly. Carefully arrange the bacon slices over the PB&J (presentation is everything). Close the loaf, and prepare yourself for kingly transcendence.

There’s even a Wikipedia entry about the Fool’s Gold Loaf:

On the night of February 1, 1976, Elvis Presley was at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee entertaining Capt. Jerry Kennedy of the Denver Colorado police force, and Ron Pietrafeso of Colorado’s Strike Force Against Crime. The three men began discussing the sandwich and Elvis decided he wanted one right then. The Mine Company was a five-star restaurant known for its rip-roaring parties and as the ‘place’ to be seen at the time. Elvis had been to the restaurant before while in Denver. Kennedy and Pietrafeso were friends of the owners and hung out there often, so they were driven to the Memphis airport and boarded Elvis’s private jet, the Lisa Marie, and flew the two hours to Denver. When they arrived in Denver at 1:40 AM, the plane taxied to a special hangar where the passengers were greeted by the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, Buck Scott, and his wife Cindy who had brought 22 fresh Fool’s Gold Loaves for the men. They spent three hours in the hangar eating the sandwiches, washing them down with Perrier and champagne. Typical of Elvis’s generosity, he invited the pilots of the plane, Milo High and Elwood Davis, to join them. When they were done, they flew back to Memphis without ever having left the airport.