It was a pretty good flick - a romantic comedy about two young people trying to negotiate the confusing world of relationships.
But I predict that if this arty movie ends up having a claim to fame it will be over a recurring motif within the story.
This recurring motif was a sandwich. Called Fool's Gold.
I had never heard of a Fool's Gold sandwich, and if this is the first time you're hearing of it then I'll bet, thanks to the movie, this won't be the last time you hear of it. God forbid you might even end up trying a Fool's Gold sandwich. But I pray nobody does. Even though I'm going to give you the recipe for it. But I still hope none of you tries it. Because I wouldn't want to be responsible for whatever consequences ensure from eating one of these things.
Anyway, according to the movie, Fool's Gold was a favorite sandwich of Elvis Presley. My initial reaction to the on-screen image of the sandwich was, nah, nobody, not even Elvis, would actually eat something like that, it must just be something made up for the movie. But then later I got to thinking that in a world where there exists such weird unholy unions as dounut burgers (see post 08/04/2014 ) and grilled cheese donuts (see post 08/14/2014) it's probably in fact not outside the realm of possibility that there could exist such thing as a Fool's Gold sandwich, and if it did exist Elvis of all people would surely have eaten one.
So anyway I did some research and found out that there really was a Fool's Gold sandwich, the recipe for which was invented by the owner of a Denver Restaurant called the Colorado Mine Company. And Elvis really did love this sandwich so much so that, according to www.secretrecipes.com:
"On the night of February 1, 1976, Elvis was at his home Graceland entertaining Capt. Jerry Kennedy of the Denver Colorado police force, and Ron Pietrafeso of Colorado's Strike Force Against Crime. The three men began discussing the Fool's Gold Loaf sandwich and Elvis decided he wanted one right then. The men flew two hours to Denver, arriving at 1:40 AM. The plane taxied to a special hangar where the passengers were greeted by the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, Buck Scott, and his wife Cindy who had brought 22 fresh Fool's Gold Loaves for the men. They spent three hours in the hangar eating the sandwiches. When they were done, they flew back to Memphis without ever leaving an airport."
So, then, what is the Fool's Gold sandwich that Elvis and his two friends ate 22 of and that is destined to make "What If" a memorable movie?
I got the recipe for the Fool's Gold sandwich from the foodie website Chew Nibble Nosh. In fact, if you'd like to see some actual photos (if you dare look!) check out:
In the meantime here's the recipe:
Elvis Presley's Fool's Gold Sandwich
Sandwich Prep time: 20 mins. Cook time: 10 mins. Total time: 30 mins Serves: 8-10 or one Elvis Ingredients:
- 1 loaf Italian bread
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 pound of bacon
- 1 jar of creamy peanut butter
- 1 jar of jam (raspberry recommended)
- Preheat the oven to 350*F.
- Coat the bread entirely in the softened butter. Place the buttered bread on a cookie sheet that has been lined with foil. Bake, at 350*F for 10 minutes, or until golden.
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
- Slice the baked bread in half, lengthwise. Hollow out the insides of each half.
- Fill the top half with the entire jar of peanut butter.
- Fill the bottom half with the entire jar of jam.
- Top the jam with the pound of crisp bacon.
- Place the peanut butter half on top and press down lightly.
- Slice into pieces with a serrated knife.
And be sure and take your blood sugar reading afterwards. Be sure 911 is in your speed dial.
As for me, I would never eat a Fool's Gold sandwich. Or a grilled cheese burger. Or a donut burger. All that stuff sounds positively inedible and dreadful. I can't believe anybody would eat that sort of thing.
I would, however, most gladly scarf down a Peepsnut.