Father’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate Dad than to whip up a manly dessert that the whole family’s going to love! This year, I get to spend Father’s Day with both my Dad and my husband and can’t wait to make them one of my very favorite dishes, Bananas Foster.
Bananas Foster is the perfect dessert for Father’s Day because, well, let’s face it…what dad doesn’t love the combination of ice cream, fire, and liquor? Even better, Bananas Foster can be made in under 15 minutes and pairs perfectly with all those other “Father’s Day favorites” such as steak, seafood, barbecue, and burgers.
Now ladies, if you’re a little nervous about the flambéing part, don’t be – it’s MUCH easier than you think! The keys to success are: 1) Using a long grill lighter, 2) Adding the EXACT amount of alcohol that a recipe calls for (otherwise, you might lose your eyelashes!), and, 3) Leaning back from the sauce once you ignite it. Seriously, that’s it…that’s all there is to it!
Keep in mind, this Bananas Foster recipe is not only fantastic for Father’s Day, it’s also a fabulous dinner party dish (simply double or triple the recipe and you’re all set!). A HUGE timesaver when entertaining is to pre-scoop the ice cream in advance and place the scoops on a baking sheet in the freezer. After dinner, all you have to do is assemble the ice cream and sauce, and voilà, Bananas Foster for a crowd is ready in minutes!
So, this Father’s Day, whip up this amazing dessert for the special Dad in your life. I promise, he’s going to love it and so will you! Happy Father’s Day, everyone!!
Makes 4 servings
¼ cup butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
3 ½ tablespoons dark rum
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 bananas, peeled and halved, then sliced crosswise
1 pint vanilla ice cream
Melt butter in a large skillet. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Add bananas and cook until caramelized over medium-high heat. Pour in the rum and catch a flame off of the gas stove or use a long grill lighter. Stand back when mixture ignites and flambé (use caution, as the flame will shoot up above the pan). Allow the flame to die down and spoon sauce over scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Recipe adapted from www.allrecipes.com.