Elvis Presley's Favorite Dishes

Down-Home Southern Recipes Fit for The King

Elvis Aron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in a small house in Tupelo, Mississippi. He eventually captured the hearts and souls of millions worldwide through his music and personality. August 16 is the anniversary of his death in 1977, and thousands of fans journey to Memphis, Tennessee to view his Graceland home and participate in planned events on that date each year. Many will go on to visit his birthplace in Tupelo, about 90 miles away. Here are some recipes and dishes Elvis surely grew...MORE up with, along with some of his purported favorites.


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    Banana pudding
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    A Southern favorite, this banana pudding is made with vanilla wafer cookies, fresh bananas, and homemade pudding. You can make this either in a large glass serving bowl or in individual dessert glasses. Garnish the top with a sprig of mint and arrange more slices of banana and wafer cookies for the best presentation.

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    Sweet potato cream cheese pie
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    This is an easy and delicious pie to bake, made with cream cheese and mashed sweet potato. You can use fresh or canned sweet potatoes. You can also decide whether to use a pastry crust, graham cracker crust, or even a gingersnap or vanilla wafer crust.

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    Sausage Gravy on Biscuits
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    Serve this wonderful Southern-style gravy over hot split and buttered buttermilk biscuits. Biscuits with gravy make a great breakfast with fresh or spiced fruit, or serve along with a complete breakfast.

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    Fried catfish
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    Delicious deep-fried catfish is a Southern tradition. Serve this catfish with hot fried hush puppies and cole slaw. Catfish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and it is perfect when fried with a cornmeal crust. Catfish is farm-raised in the Southern states.

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    Buttermilk cornbread
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    This skillet cornbread is unsweetened as is typical in the South, but you can add a little sugar or honey if you prefer it sweetened. It's the perfect bread to serve with chili, pinto beans, soups, greens, and other Southern meals.

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    Fried corn
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    This easy fried corn is made with fresh corn kernels, butter, optional sugar, and seasonings. A little bacon grease can be added for more flavor.

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    Peach cobbler
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    Canned peaches make this cobbler extra-easy to prepare, and you can enjoy it any time of the year.

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    country baked pinto beans
    Country baked pinto beans with barbecue flavor. Diana Rattray

    Pinto beans are cooked then baked with ham, onions, green peppers, and a homemade barbecue sauce. Serve these pinto beans with hot baked cornbread and a tossed salad.

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  • 09 of 09
    Peanut Butter Banana Bread
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    Elvis reportedly loved the sandwich combination of peanut butter and bananas. This quick bread combines both flavors.