Elvis favorites foods were Southern-style
Elvis came from humble beginnings but he never forgot his roots. The successful musician and actor could have eaten anything he wanted, but when it came to foods his favorites were those that "everyman" could enjoy.
He loved good down-home cooking similar to what his mother served him as a child. His culinary tastes never strayed far from Southern-style cooking. Grits, black-eyed peas, ham and bacon, fried chicken, cornbread, mashed potatoes and homemade country gravy were just a few of his favorites.
Elvis did not like exotic or foreign foods. He also did not try dishes that contained unusual ingredients or had odd textures or flavors, according to the Web site. Therefore, most of the foods he consumed were basic hearty foods, the type Southern women cooked daily for their families.
At Graceland or at his home in Beverly Hills, Elvis specified what should be kept on hand in the kitchen. Must-haves included fresh lean ground round, hamburger buns, rolls, pickles, potatoes, onions, fudge cookies, assorted fresh fruit, canned sauerkraut, mustard and peanut butter. His refrigerator also contained at least three bottles of milk or half and half, thin-sliced lean bacon, vanilla and chocolate ice creams and freshly squeezed orange juice. Pepsi, Nesbitt's Orange and Shasta Black Cherry were his favorite soft drinks.
When the King was in residence at Graceland, also on hand were ingredients for his favorite snacks -- brownies and banana pudding. Both were made daily by the kitchen staff.
Elvis made the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich famous. He referred to it as a "peanut butter and 'nanner' sandwich." His love of this sandwich helped change this simple delicacy into his signature dish. He would ask that they be prepared for him at all hours of the day and night.