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Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Serves: 2

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4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 ripe bananas, peeled and halved
1/2 cup dark rum
Zest of 1 orange
Vanilla ice cream, for serving


In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the brown sugar, nutmeg and salt, and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes.

Add the bananas to the pan and cook, flipping once, until both sides have softened and browned, about 3 minutes. 

Turn off the heat and add the rum. Carefully turn the pan away from you and ignite the rum with a long match or kitchen lighter. Return the skillet to medium-low heat and cook, shaking constantly, until the flames have died off. Turn off the heat and the add orange zest. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Photo Credit: Ideabar Austin

About the recipe

Popularized at New Orleans’ Brennan’s restaurant, bananas foster involves flambeéing bananas in a quick toffee of butter and brown sugar. Search for ripe bananas, which will soften faster in the skillet.