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Chef John's Bananas Foster

Rated as 4.88 out of 5 Stars

"When you think show-stopping, special occasion desserts, you usually don't think simple-and-fast, but that's the case with bananas Foster. This delicious New Orleans classic only has a few ingredients, and takes just minutes to make. Except for the folks that burn their houses down, everybody loves this recipe."
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15 m servings 497
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Melt butter and brown sugar together in a skillet over medium-high heat until butter melts and mixture begins to bubble, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Place bananas, cut-side down, in brown sugar mixture. Cook until just golden, about 30 seconds; flip and cook until golden on the other side, about 30 seconds.
  3. Remove from heat. Pour rum and banana liqueur into skillet; return skillet to high heat. Cook until alcohol ignites and flames, 1 to 3 minutes; add cinnamon. When flames die, remove skillet from heat.
  4. Scoop vanilla ice cream into 2 bowls. Divide bananas mixture between bowls and garnish with mint sprigs.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 497 calories; 20 59.3 2.3 55 27 Full nutrition

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Oh ya delicious! I really love bananas foster and a restaurant that made it closed down and I haven't had it since. So glad Chef John has the recipe and video to explain how to make it. I cou...

I've searched for this recipe fir a long time. I recall my dad making this on special occasions when I was little. I remembered watching him and i remembered the ingredients but not the exact me...

This is a delicious dessert and one that is really, really hard to mess up. You must use butter, brown sugar, and rum for the sauce to cook the bananas (the rest is just additional flavor)and it...

Very good. My husband and I watched the video before making in. The recipe was very easy to make and tasted very delicious. We had ours with sweetened with cream and waffles. Divine! If I had to...

A relatively quick and easy dessert, with ingredients that are usually on hand. Ice cream scooped out and in bowls in the freezer before dinner helped to minimize the timing between dinner and ...

Absolutely wonderful. Didn't change a thing!

Great recipe! Made without changes. Was great with Blue Bell vanilla bean vanilla.

Great recipe. . My wife said it was one of the best desserts she has ever tasted. I left out the banana liqueur. Thanks Chef John.

Question: The first few times I made the banana flambé, it was delicious, easy perfect. The last three times my brown sugar didn't dissolve in the butter and hardened, separated in the sauce. ...