When I first read about the famous Fool’s Gold sandwich that was admired by Elvis, I was completely captivated by the idea.

The original classic loved by Elvis was an absolute monster of a sandwich—It included an entire loaf of bread, which was partially hollowed out and filled with a jar of peanut butter, a jar of grape jelly, and 16 ounces of fried bacon. It is estimated to clock in at roughly 8000 calories, which is a little bit crazy for a sandwich, even if you are sharing it with a few other people.

My version of this recipe described below is smaller, and more manageable to eat, with many of the same flavors as the original. I have included some cream cheese and banana to the sandwich, both of which are optional.

The recipe below is for 2 sandwiches.

Fool's Gold-Inspired Sandwich (PB&J with Bacon & Banana)

When I first read about the famous Fool’s Gold sandwich that was admired by Elvis, I was completely captivated by the idea.
The original classic loved by Elvis was an absolute monster of a sandwich—It included an entire loaf of bread, which was partially hollowed out and filled with a jar of peanut butter, a jar of grape jelly, and 16 ounces of fried bacon. It is estimated to clock in at roughly 8000 calories, which is a little bit crazy for a sandwich, even if you are sharing it with a few other people.
My version of this recipe described below is smaller, and more manageable to eat, with many of the same flavors as the original. I have included some cream cheese and banana to the sandwich, both of which are optional.
The recipe below is for 2 sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 2 hoagie-style soft rolls (cut in half)
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter (softened)
  • 2 Tbsp cream cheese (softened)
  • 7 Tbsp raspberry jam
  • 6 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 8 slices of bacon (cooked in a skillet to crispy and drained on paper towels)
  • 1 ripe banana (cut into ¼” slices)

Instructions 

  • Butter the rolls on the insides and toast in the oven until very lightly golden, but still soft.
  • Remove rolls from the oven and gently spread on a thin layer of cream cheese to each roll.
  • Add the raspberry jam and peanut butter, adjusting your quantities based on your desired PB-to-J ratio.
  • Add the fried bacon and ripe banana and enjoy.

Notes

The original recipe apparently used grape jelly.  I have decided to use raspberry jam here instead.