Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Recipe: Flaming Bananas Foster (Video)

Bananas Foster comes to us from the great city of New Orleans, Louisiana. While the Big Easy is one of the oldest and most historically colorful cities in the United States, it wasn't until the 1950's that the fine folks at Brennan's Restaurant concocted this culinary gem.

Bananas Foster is one of my favorite quick desserts. It is utterly delicious, packs entertainment punch with the flambé segment, and is one of the few really simple gluten free desserts.

Ingredients (serves 2-3)

  • 2 bananas, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • dash cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons rum or brandy
Heat a medium cast iron skillet on medium heat. After 5 minutes or so once the skillet is just beginning to smoke almost imperceptibly, add the butter. A few seconds later once the butter has mostly melted, toss in the bananas. 

Sauté the bananas for about 5 minutes, stirring or tossing every 2 minutes or so. You want to avoid burning, but you also want to allow the banana slices to develop a deep caramelization on each side. 

Once the bananas are sufficiently caramelized, toss in the rum or brandy, and immediately ignite the contents of the skillet with a match or lighter. You'll get a nice 18 inch-high flame... and while the flame is highest, toss in a few dashes of cinnamon for some sparkle (and flavor).

While flambé is exciting (especially if you burn your house down), there's more to it than fun. The high temperatures involved help finish off the caramelization reaction, and add more flavor to the dish. As noted in the video, the chicks also dig it. 

The flame will quickly die down... and once it is out, serve your bananas foster over vanilla ice cream immediately. 

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