Happy Birthday Elvis! In memory of this rock-n-roll icon and son of the South whose birthday was Sunday, January 8th, The Southern Coterie gals offer up their favorite songs, memories and Elvis inspired recipe.
Inspired by the Elvis Panini served at The Patterson House in Nashville (www.thepattersonnashville.com)
via Rebecca Crump (www.ezrapoundcake.com)
Makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices sourdough or French bread
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
Peanut butter, to taste
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked
1 ripe banana, sliced
1. Place the bread on a baking sheet, and brush each slice with butter.
2. Flip the slices over, and spread them with peanut butter.
3. Arrange the bacon on half the bread slices.
4. Divide the bananas evenly on top of the bacon, and cover with the remaining bread slices.
5. To Use a Panini Press: Preheat the panini press to medium-high heat, and grill the sandwiches until the bread is toasted, about 3 minutes.
6. To Use a Skillet: Heat a large cast-iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place the sandwiches in the pan, and weigh them down with another pan or a plate with 2 cans of soup on top. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, carefully flip the sandwiches, re-weight them, and cook for another 2 minutes.
Whitney’s favorite songs are American Trilogy (70’s Elvis) and Don’t Be Cruel (50’s Elvis)
We all have them – pivotal moments and events that are etched in your mind and you can remember exactly where you were when you heard the news. News like President Kennedy’s assassination, the Challenger space shuttle explosion, the Towers falling and terrorist attacks of 9/11, the death of Princess Diana and for my family, the death of Bear Bryant and of course, Elvis. We were on our family vacation in Chattanooga, TN that summer. We were all Elvis fans in our house – especially my mom – and earlier in the year, she had tickets to see him in concert in Montgomery. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to attend and then all too soon, he was dead at the age of 42. Cut to August 16th, 1977 at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel. We were getting ready to go out and the television was on. We all heard the news except my mom who was still getting ready. We were all stunned. My dad went to tell her and I remember she came and sat down at the foot of the bed and cried. After watching the news a while she turned to my dad and asked if we could drive to Memphis. Of course we didn’t – who would want to do that with a three young children in tow? But when I think back to that now, how cool would it have been to go on a pilgrimage to Graceland the day the King died?
Linda’s favorite song would be Blue Christmas.
The song reminds me of Christmas in Atlanta. I would meet friends at Churchhill Arms every year for Christmas carols. On the way home, we would pile in a car or taxi to our friend’s house, we had to pass one house that was decorated in only blue lights and had a HUGE cutout of Elvis on their front porch. ‘Blue Christmas’ was playing from outdoor speakers.
Cheri’s favorite song would be Don’t Be Cruel (50’s Elvis)
We have a high school sorority called Pirates of the Spanish Main in the Golden Isles and when you are being initiated there is a talent show where you perform and two of my skits that I remember were performing Don’t Be Cruel as well as I remember rapping Beastie Boys. Attending Ole Miss, it is a rite of passage I think to head over to his home, the Graceland Mansion, and check out his amazing car collection.