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 up with, along with some of his purported favorites.
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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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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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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.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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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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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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Canned peaches make this cobbler extra-easy to prepare, and you can enjoy it any time of the year.
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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.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Elvis reportedly loved the sandwich combination of peanut butter and bananas. This quick bread combines both flavors.