I've never been to Bourbon Street. Or New Orleans. Or Louisiana.
I've never had gumbo or crawfish.
I've never participated in the parades and you won't see me wearing purple, green or gold today.
So even though I have no prior expertise in Mardi Gras or its cuisine, there is one thing I have tried and know I love. I didn't even know it was considered a traditional food of the Fat Tuesday celebration, but after a little research I was thrilled to know I could make this for such a widely celebrated occasion. And so I present:
In honor of Fat Tuesday, I'm sharing one of my favorite recipes. And it really lives up to the name of the day, because it sure ain't healthy! Enjoy!
Here they are bubbling away on the stove top. Gorgeous.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 3 tbsp. rum (dark or light)
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3 bananas, halved and cut into fourths
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
In a large, deep skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in sugar, rum, vanilla extract and cinnamon. As soon as the mixture begins to bubble, add the banana pieces. Stir until the bananas are coated and let cook for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Serve over ice cream.
Source: Adapted from All Recipes