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Monday, May 18, 2009

Bananas Foster

for my 3rd cooking class, the instructor took us to Louisiana. i wasn't too keen on making jambalaya, only because it was hot as hades and because Kim had given me a New Orleans cookbook and i'm sure there was a jambalaya recipe in there somewhere. however, there was bananas foster on the menu and FIRE was going to be used. deal.

i won't include the recipe for Jambalaya but if anyone is interested in it, let me know and i'll email it to you directly. something i didn't know: herbes de Provence was used and that got me all hot and bothered, i was all sorts of excited to mix together the spices. dorkus of me, i know.

herbes de provence

Bananas Foster
adapted from Alton Brown

1/2 stick of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice (optional)
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/4 cup banana liqueur
4 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
1/4 cup run
Vanilla ice cream

bananas foster

In a medium sized skillet (do not use non-stick) melt the butter. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Stir until sugar is well dissolved in the butter.

Add the banana liqueur and bring to a simmer.

Add the bananas and cook one minute on each side, carefully spooning the sauce over them. Remove the bananas to a serving dish and set aside. Bring sauce back to a simmer. CAREFULLY add the rum. If very hot, it will ignite on it's ow. If not, light with a long handled match or fire starter. Cook until the flame goes out, 1-2 minutes.

Serve with a scoop of ice cream with bananas and the sauce.

Can garnish with chopped, toasted pecans or a twist of orange peel.


  1. Literally to Louisiana? Because that would be an awesome cooking class, and where can you sign me up? But probably not to the actual state. Hahaa, when I read that first sentence, for some reason, I thought you actually went to Louisiana.

    Mmm, okay. I'm going to stop now. I sound like a complete dork.

    Playing with fire is always fun, haha. I liked the video.

  2. i had jambalaya in the french quarter yesterday! it was aight. you don't like?

  3. i'd love to go to louisiana - but not go to sightseeing...i'd go for the food!!!! almost everything that comes out of there seems awesome. and i'm ashamed to say that i've never had a beignet or real bananas foster. :(

  4. Christy,
    no, in the figurative term. :) i took a regional american cuisine cooking class which "took" us to various parts of the country via food.

    buu, i like jambalaya, just not in the dead of spring.

    caninecologne, i'd love to make it down there too! for the food and sights. hopefully with this recipe, you can attempt to make real bananas foster. trust me, it's easy! :)

  5. i had jambalaya in the french quarter yesterday! it was aight. you don't like?