Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Neighborhod Chef Presents; The Fools Gold Loaf a.k.a "The King Sandwich"

One of the most gluttonous delights in the universe is now ready for your enjoyment!

Nobody could make a sandwich famous like Elvis Presley could. In fact, Elvis made a lot of things famous - peanut and banana sandwiches (not the sandwich in question), pink Cadillacs, etc. Being the King, and generous to a fault, Elvis liked to share the things he loved with the people he spent time with. What follows is an amazing tale that demonstrates this fact to the extreme.
It was February 1976, and Elvis was hanging out at Graceland with Captain Jerry Kennedy, member of the Denver police, Ron Pietrafeso, leader of Colorado's Strike Force Against Crime, plus a couple of his other buddies. They were hanging out in the "jungle room" - a room decorated with Tiki-type accessories, a large waterfall, and rabbit-fur pillows.
Elvis sat in his Kon Tiki throne as he talked with his guests. Since two of the men were from Colorado, Elvis told them about a visit he'd had in Colorado on one of his tours. After a concert he went to a restaurant called The Colorado Mine Company, where he ordered the most outrageous thing on the menu - a $49.95 sandwich called the Fool's Gold Loaf.

The Mine Company (named after the fact that Colorado mined for gold, silver, and other precious metals) was a very popular dining attraction and social hub. It would have been a coup for such a place to have The King visit after one of his concerts, and they would have delighted in his ordering the house special. And special it was.......

The recipe is as follows: take a loaf of bread and pretty much coat it in butter or margarine. Toast it up in the oven, and while you're at it fry up a whole pound of bacon. Yank the "guts" out of the bread (hollow out the soft stuff) and slather a whole jar's worth peanut butter and a whole jar's worth of grape jelly into the cavity of the bread. Take the freshly-crisped up bacon and shove it in there too. Close up the loaf, slice it up, and eat it. 

This was the sandwich Elvis told his guests about that February night at Graceland. Both Colorado natives were fascinated. They'd never had this expensive sandwich before. And the way Elvis talked about it made it sound pretty good. One of the guys exclaimed that he sure would like to try a sandwich like that, and Elvis jumped into action.
Next thing you knew, they were all on their way to the Memphis airport where the Lisa Marie, Elvis's private jet, was waiting. Someone called head to the Colorado Mine Company to let them know that they needed a takeout order prepared within the two hours it took to get from Memphis to Denver. The proprietors of the Mine Company hopped into action, and thanked heaven they had recently stocked up on PB &J. They got the takeout order - 21 Fool's Gold Loaves, a case of Perrier, and a case of champagne - delivered to the airport hangar in the nick of time.

Elvis and his buddies dined on the not-so-healthy sandwiches (Elvis made sure to order enough for both pilots and invited those pilots to pig out with them) and flew back to Memphis right away, bellies full with quite a story to tell in the morning.

Ha-la-la-lelujah ooooooooweeeee 
bon appetit!

(The Nickelslick View is not responsible for any injuries or damage incurred while eating or digesting this item. Eating this item is associated with increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and death, 21 and over.)


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