Monday, February 23, 2009

Mardi Gras Bananas Foster Dessert Recipe

It's Mardi Gras time or Fat Tuesday. Time to party before fasting for Lent. Louisiana takes it's French tradition seriously with parade and lots of food.

Kathy at The Empty Nest and I went to a Cajun festival and let the good times roll or "Laissez les bons temps rouler" as they say. Complete with French Quarter decorations and great music like Lisa Haley, one of Kathy's all-time favorites, there was also plenty of shrimp, crawfish, and even alligator to eat while we were irresistibly tapping our toes to the beat.

My son loves to learn to cook, so we attended the cooking demonstration and learned to cook one finger-licking-good Cajun Shrimp Boil and a great Bananas Foster.

Our teacher, Chef Melissa Miller had been a part of Chef Emeril Lagasse' restaurant team in Louisiana before returning to her home in Southern California.

This is the super easy and fast Bananas Foster recipe she shared with all of us for dessert.


1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
8 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup banana liqueur
9 ounces dark rum

She melted the butter in a skillet, (you could also use a chafing dish), then added the brown sugar. Stir until it melts. Then in went the bananas to saute for about 3 minutes on each side. She sprinkled cinnamon and poured the alcohol over the bananas. Once the alcohol is warm (you can't light cold alcohol), carefully light it with a match or lighter. Gently tilt the flaming sauce to baste the bananas until the flames die out when all the alcohol has burned off. Serve hot immediately, over ice cream.

Yum! You'll enjoy!

Bananas Foster photo uploaded to Flickr public files by Alex and Sonja


  1. You're right! That music is irresistible! And I just might have to give in to that bananas foster recipe--there are some nanners hanging around here and I'm sure my hubby would love it.

  2. Welcome Back!! The Banana's Foster recipe looks truly scrumptious!

  3. I knew it..I come by and then there is drool ALL over the keyboard; Praying all is well with you friend!

  4. Thank you, all! It's great to be back, and it's nice to see I wasn't forgotten.

  5. I just stumbled upon your blog while looking up a recipe for Bananas Foster and I'm going to try it tomorrow for some company coming over. If it turns out well I may add it to my list of menus for the dessert at our Bed and Breakafast Lodge. I've bookmarked your page and hope you share some more.

    I hope to see more of you (and more of your recipes)!


  6. Debbie: Thank you for taking the time to comment and for your kind words. I was looking at your lodge and just love the friendly Christian atmosphere. I'll be trying out a few of your recipes too. B&B recipes are usually quite outstanding. This Bananas Foster recipe is very showy with very little effort and it tastes great so this would be a perfect choice to prepare for your guests. You'll definitely see more of me and more recipes too, so I hope you come back often and let me know what you think. Blessings to you and yours.


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