Bananas Foster

No trip to New Orleans is really complete without a visit to Brennan’s or the Commander’s Palace for “olde tyme” New Orleans food. Originally created at Brennans, Bananas Foster is a favorite wherever you find it on the menu.

Try this simpler-than-most version….but be careful when you flame it….don’t do it over the stove with the fan on or you  might have a blaze out!

Bananas Foster

  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp. Banana Liqueur or Dark Rum
  • 4 bananas,  in half lengthwise then crosswise (16 pieces)
  • 1/4 c rum
  • 4 scoops vanilla bean ice cream

Melt the butter in a flambé pan or attractive skillet. Add the sugar, cinnamon and banana liqueur and stir to mix. Heat for a few minutes, then place the banana pieces in the sugar sauce and sauté until soft and golden brown. Add the 1/4 cup rum and allow it to heat well, then tip the pan slightly so that the flame from the burner causes the sauce to light. Allow the flame to die out, tipping the pan with a circular motion to prolong the flaming.

Serve with vanilla bean ice cream. Drizzle remaining sauce over.

(If you are using an electric stove, light the pan with a long-handled BBQ lighter.)

Serves 4

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