I originally made this recipe for Dinner: A Love Story's guest recipe contest. I didn't win, so I'm sharing it here with you guys! Thanks, Jenny and Andy, for the chance to enter! The winning entry was this beautiful lemon verbena shortbread recipe.
And in fact, the King's tunes are some of my preferred cooking music. I used to love to make dinner to my Elvis #1's CD when I still had a CD player in my kitchen. I like everything from super early rockabilly Elvis to the later stuff like Suspicious Minds (actually late 60s, which I didn't know! I guess I'm not the great Elvis biographer I fancied myself as a preteen) and Moody Blue. He's just so good.
My sister gave me the cookbook Are You Hungry Tonight: Elvis' Favorite Recipes for my birthday. While I was obviously overjoyed to receive a book about two of my all-time favorite topics-- Elvis and cooking-- I wasn't sure the cookbook would have much to offer a red-meat avoiding, almost 100% gluten free eater like me. I'm not really one for gravy, sausage spoon bread, pork, or "quick and easy bratwurst sandwiches." I will admit I'll never turn down a good Southern dessert, though. Everything in moderation, right?
So, armed with the kitschy cookbook and my own ideas about eating, I decided to make myself a version of Elvis' favorite Spiced Nectarine Cobbler. The author of the book, Brenda Arlene Butler, writes of the recipe: "Nectarines, freshly picked and juicy, say summertime. Bees buzzing....Close your eyes and imagine Elvis sitting in the porch swing picking out Forgot to Remember to Forget on his old gut-string acoustic guitar. What's what wonderful smell? It's something fresh from the oven."
I can't even begin to compete with that imagery, but I can offer a recipe that's just the teensiest bit healthier than the original. I hope I'm not committing some kind of cardinal Elvis fan sin by healthifying this recipe, though: I mean, is it ok to healthify Elvis? The man known for his love of moon pies and fried peanut-butter-and-banana-sandwiches? My version (which is 100% gluten free!) preserves the sweetness of the original while managing to sneak in tiny bit of nutrition. Omega-3s and a bit of protein get in there by way of flaxseeds, almond meal and coconut flour. I did keep in the real sugar and the real butter, though, because well, this is for Elvis!
Elvis' Spiced Nectarine Cobbler
What you'll do:
3. Combine almond meal, coconut flour, ground flaxseeds, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well.