Let’s not forget the original King of Rock and Roll and his contribution to the culinary world! His combination of Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon are a delicious combination for everything but especially my Elvis Cheese Ball!
THE ELVIS SANDWICH
You’ve heard of Elvis before right? The King of Rock and Roll? Michael Jackson is the King of Pop but Elvis is the King of Rock and Roll!
And Elvis had a food crush, as most people do. Not one of those “I only eat green M&Ms” kind of crush but a combination of ingredients that make people swoon!
I’m talking about peanut butter, banana, and bacon. On a sandwich!
Have you ever had a peanut butter and banana sandwich? I used to eat them all the time growing up and when my tastebuds started growing too, I added some bacon.
Not knowing that Elvis started eating this long before I did, I now know he was a genius AND a great singer!
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PEANUT BUTTER CHEESE BALL
Thank you, Elvis, for making this sandwich a reality!
To make an Elvis sandwich, you start with two slices of bread. Slather each side with peanut butter.
Add sliced bananas to each side. Place a few strips of crispy, cooked bacon to one side, and then top with the other half.
There you have crispy bacon, perfectly nestled between two layers of sweet banana and creamy peanut butter. The bread, in my opinion, is just to keep your fingers clean.
Now I love a sandwich as much as the next person, but a cheese ball is where it’s at for me. Plus, I can’t handle soggy bread.
The peanut butter doesn’t really make the bread “soggy” per se, but I prefer crusty French Bread for my sandwiches, and the soft and fluffy nature of regular bread is not top on my list.
A grilled or toasted Elvis Sandwich is where I would probably head but once I tell you about this Elvis Cheese Ball, you will forget all about the sandwich!
ELVIS CHEESE BALL RECIPE
A great cheese ball starts with a cheese base, of course! For my savory and sweet cheese balls, I start with softened cream cheese.
If I am sticking to a savory cheese ball, I would use ricotta, goat cheese, or cheddar cheese. Once you have the softened cream cheese smoothed out in a bowl, add the rest of the Elvis ingredients. Peanut butter and banana.
I like to use bananas that are a little on the ripe side (but not TOO ripe) so they mash easier. Firmer ones are better for sandwiches!
And I like to fold in the bananas versus using a stand or hand mixer because the bananas can break down a little too much and get watery and brown. So fold in the mashed banana gently.
After these are combined, add in the sugar. A little bit of powdered sugar balances out the peanut butter and adds some structure to the cheese ball.
Now that the cheese ball is done, wrap it up in plastic, and store in the fridge until ready to serve. Once you are ready to serve, then roll the Elvis Cheese Ball in the chopped bacon.
If you add the bacon now and store it in the fridge, the bacon will get soggy and the fat will get that weird white-ish color which is unappealing.
No bacon until ready to serve!
CAN I MAKE A CHEESE BALL A DAY AHEAD?
Yes, you can! You can make most cheese balls up to three days in advance. If you are using fresh fruit, I would only make it a day ahead as the fruit will release water and moisture as it sits.
CAN I FREEZE MY CHEESE BALL?
Yes, you can! But if you are using cream cheese as the base, the texture will change slightly. I wouldn’t really recommend it unless the circumstances are dire!
HOW DO YOU FORM A CHEESE BALL?
The best way to form a cheese ball is to wrap the combined ingredients in plastic wrap and roll until the desired shape is achieved.
WHAT DO YOU SERVE WITH A CHEESE BALL?
Serve this Elvis Cheese Ball with waffle pretzels. I love using pretzels regardless because of the crunchy texture and the salt factor which enhances the flavor of everything! Waffle pretzels, specifically, have a larger surface area so you can spread a TON of this Elvis Cheese Ball on it!
Looking for a cheese ball to take to a party you’ve been invited to? How about a quick appetizer you can make ahead of time for a get-together that you are hosting and are already stressed to the max? Check out all my cheese ball recipes, both sweet and savory, to fit your special occasion!
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OTHER DELICIOUS PARTY FOODS
- Banana Pudding Truffles
- Boozy Banana Cream Pie Dip
- King Cake Oreo Truffles
- Banana Fritters
- Mind Blowing Banana Pudding
PEANUT BUTTER, BANANA, AND BACON CHEESE BALL
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 6 slices bacon (cooked crisp, chopped small)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup pretzels (I prefer the waffle shape for this recipe)
Make the bacon coating
- If you haven't already, cook the bacon till it's crispy.
- Cool and chop very small.
Make the Elvis cheese ball
- In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and peanut butter.
- Mix until fully combined.
- Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla.
- Mix to combine.
- Add the mashed banana and fold gently. Too much mixing and the bananas will get brown faster.
- Shape into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 10 mins.
When ready to serve the Elvis Cheese Ball
- Remove the Elvis cheese ball from the fridge and unwrap.
- Roll the cheese ball in the chopped bacon to evenly coat the cheese ball.
- Serve with pretzels. I prefer the waffle-shaped ones for the larger surface area.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 7g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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