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We’re All Shook Up Over Elvis Presley’s 18 Favorite Foods

We can't help falling in love with Elvis Presley's favorite food. The King of Rock 'n' Roll loved everything from decadent oysters to comforting Southern classics.

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Like the man himself, Elvis Presley’s favorite foods were over-the-top. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was a big fan of big flavors and comforting Southern dishes. He feasted on everything from monkey bread to oysters Rockefeller, and we have the recipes so you can do the same! Now for a little less conversation and a little more cooking!

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Elvis Ice Cream Sandwich

Elvis’ most well-known favorite food is a peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich. This amazing twist achieves the tasty combination with peanut butter ice cream stuffed between two slices of banana bread and topped with crispy bacon.
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BBQ Chicken Bites

Meat wrapped in meat sounds like something The King of Rock and Roll would love, and he did! While he opted for meatballs wrapped in bacon, he’d surely love this chicken version too.

Chicken and bacon in one recipe? We’ve got ’em!

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Oysters Rockefeller

It’s no surprise that the most rich oyster dish ever created was on the menu at Elvis’ wedding to Priscilla in 1967. Those buttery bivalves must have made a wonderful appetizer for the event!
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Fried Dill Pickles

Why eat pickles plain when you can eat them fried? The King obviously felt that way, as these were reportedly one of his preferred finger foods.
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Sour Cream Pound Cake

Pound cake was one of Elvis’ sweets of choice, and he liked it moist, dense, and simply flavored with vanilla (and butter!).
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Bacon-Topped Meat Loaf

Elvis was a fan of meat loaf (the food, not the singer, though you never know!), and he’d undoubtedly love this version topped with bacon.

Elvis would’ve loved all these meat loaf recipes.

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Classic Lemon Meringue Pie

This son loved his mama’s lemon meringue pie. As his favorite foods go, this was actually one of the lighter options!
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Secret Ingredient Fried Catfish

Vernon’s Smokehouse, a restaurant in Graceland, serves up fried catfish in honor of the King of Rock and Roll. You can make this version at home.
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Barbecued Burgers

Elvis was as American as apple pie—or should we say a good old-fashioned burger? Presley reportedly liked his burger with the works: red onion, tomato, lettuce, mayo, mustard and a few slices of cheese.
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Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread

It’s said that the King liked monkey bread to round out his Christmas feast. He may or may not have included caramel and pecans (we think that as a true Southern boy he did).

Feast on Johnny Cash’s favorite foods, too.

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Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon

Leave it to Elvis the Pelvis to turn healthful salmon into a sugar-glazed treat! This was actually on the menu at his wedding reception for those not interested in fried chicken or suckling pig.
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

There was a lot of butter and chocolate in the King’s favorite cookies, but there were also oats and walnuts. His County Fair Cookies would appeal to cookie lovers everywhere. Here’s a copycat recipe.
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Chicken-Fried Steak and Gravy

One of Elvis’ favorite meals was reportedly chicken-fried steak with…
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Deluxe Mashed Potatoes

…mashed potatoes and country gravy. Given his penchant for rich foods, that sounds about right!
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Incredible Coconut Cake

Coconut cake is a Southern classic, and Elvis’ mother apparently made a very good one a lot like this.
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Mom's Roast Beef

Roast beef was high on the list of the Elvis’ top foods. It’s said that he liked it pretty peppery, and that’s fitting for a man who was anything but muted.
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Triple Bean Bake with Bacon

Picnic foods were clearly Elvis’ cuisine of choice, thanks to their simple ingredients and ability to satisfy. Baked beans were a dish he enjoyed, and incorporating bacon was almost certainly something he would’ve done!
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Elvis Banana Bread

We all know that peanut butter and banana was a favorite combo over at Graceland. Translate those two flavors into a banana bread and you have a winner that I’m sure the King would have loved.

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.