Bananas Foster Recipe
In Cooking Outside the Box, Chef John features a delicious dessert - Bananas Foster.
If you're already planning your Valentine's Day meal, consider Bananas Foster - an elegant but simple dish that will certainly impress. And find out what ingredient Chef says is integral to any dessert (hint: it's not what you'd expect).
|Watch Chef John prepare
2 bananas, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
1 oz olive oil
2 Tbspn butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 oz brandy
4 oz low-fat sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste
When you add the brandy, there will be some flames from your pan. Be careful when adding the brandy and ensure you're working in an open space with the pan tilted away from you.
Heat your pan, and then add just a little bit of olive oil. You'll see a little bit of smoke coming from your pan. Next add the butter. Once the butter starts to melt, add the bananas. What you're trying to do is get a little carmelization on the fruit. Let the bananas brown a little bit.
Next add the brown sugar and coat the bananas. The sugar will help create the sauce. Add the brandy, being careful to avoid the flames. Once the alcohol cooks off, the bananas will be done - be careful not to overcook the fruit.
Just before you remove the bananas from the pan, add the secret ingredient - a dash of black pepper along with a pinch of salt. Place the bananas on your platter and top with a little sour cream. The tang of the sour cream will contrast with the sweetness of the fruit.