Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bananas Foster



A few weeks ago we ate at the fabulous Del Mar Bar and Bistro in Chatham. We went there to try their off-season $18 fixed price menu that included an appetizer, entree and dessert. Honestly, we were blown away by how good the food was. Local folks who want to read my review of the entire meal can do so here.

The whole dinner was wonderful, but the surprise of the night was the bananas foster. It's not something I would usually order (and sadly I didn't order it, the Kitchen Genius did). Of course he let me try a bite so I could write about it for the review. One side of the bowl was filled with sliced bananas in a warm sauce made with Myers's rum, brown sugar and butter and the other side had premium vanilla ice cream.

When the ice cream and sauce met on a spoon, the sauce hardened slightly to form a creamy caramel-like texture that was heavenly. My spoon kept sneaking over to his bowl for another bite...and another...and another. It was so good that KG made it again at home the following night.

This is a quick and easy dessert that can be made in about 15 minutes, so it would also be perfect for company. First he peeled and sliced the bananas. We like our bananas cut in bigger chunks so their flavor isn't overpowered by the sauce.



Next he melted butter, mixed in brown sugar and cooked it over medium heat until caramelized.



If that wasn't yummy enough, he added some dark rum and whisked vigorously. He cooked the mixture until alcohol burned off and the sauce thickened again, about 5 minutes.



Finally he added the bananas and cooked them for three or four more minutes, until warmed through, stirring gently and spooning the caramel sauce over them.



Total YUM!

Bananas Foster
Serves 4

4 bananas, peeled and sliced on the diagonal in 2 inch chunks
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark rum

Melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat until caramelized, about five minutes. Add rum and whisk until incorporated. Cook until alcohol burns off and the sauce thickens again, about 5 minutes. Add sliced bananas and cook until they are warmed through, stirring gently and spooning sauce over them to coat. Serve over premium vanilla ice cream.

19 comments:

Saralee said...

Oh - that looks like heaven on earth! I know exactly what I'm going to hear when Bob turns on his computer this morning and checks his e-mail. Pretty soon, thanks to you, I'll be shopping at Muumuus R Us!

Justine said...

I love bananas foster, but usually I light mine on fire for that wow factor : )

Debinhawaii said...

Gorgeous! I love bananas foster--it is such a comforting and decadent dessert. ;-)

Karen said...

I love these! When I was a single mom, my daughter and I had so much fun making these for a special treat. She still remembers it and she's 28 yrs old now!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

The way you described it has my mouth watering! I never had this before. But I totally want it = right now! How yummy!

Lo said...

Total YUM is right! Bananas foster is right up there on my list of things I love in this world.

We always cut our bananas on the bias... they look prettier that way and, as you so aptly note, they get lost far less (and don't get overcooked).

noble pig said...

One of my hubby's favorite desserts. I need to make this.

Foodycat said...

That's a divine dessert! Yum! I must get some bananas.

Mary said...

These look delicious as does everything that appears in the posts below it. This is my first visit to your blog, but it won't be my last. I really like the food you feature here. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Katherine Aucoin said...

Laurie, this is one of my favorites. you make it looks so easy and so elegant!

vanillasugar said...

we need to start eating up your way more. the restaurants around my way are just getting worse and worse. have you been to sushi joy in plymouth? very good. way better than any sushi joint on cape cod. sad isn't it, here we live on an island on the ocean and there isn't any decent sushi joints.
your banana foster of course is perfect. you & hubby should open a joint. hell all of us should....wouldn't that be amazing??

aforaubergine.com said...

I love that I can make this at home! I am inspired!

Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

This looks amazing! I don't like bananas AT ALL, but I do love bananas foster.

At one of the places I used to work, our boss would take us to his favorite upscale German restaurant around the holidays each year, and they served bananas foster, and we would all get it every year. Every time I see it, it brings back wonderful memories! :)

Pam said...

My hubby loves this and I must try it! Yours looks delicious and a great treat!

delightfullysweet said...

I love bananas foster especially over some vanilla ice cream!

sabanford said...

I loved the Bananas Foster. Time to post another one. How about pork roast ala Maine camping?

Carolyn said...

Your blog and recipes look fab!!!! Will come back regulary and try some!
Sunny greetings from Holland, C

Katherine Aucoin said...

This is one of my favorites desserts. It's so elegant and easy and I don't know why I don't make it more often. You did a fabulous job!

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