Here's a chance to use bananas for some adult and kid-friendly island treats!
The Caribbean lifestyle
offers so many options to please those with sugar cravings. Add a dollop
of rum and you will quickly become a true islander.
In our island-hopping, recipe-shopping state of mind, you will see that many ethnic recipes call for familiar-sounding fruits: mango, papaya, coconut, banana, guava, and passionfruit. Then, there are the unfamiliar fruits, such as cherimoya, soursop, breadfruit, and ackee, which is toxic if eaten before it ripens. Plantains, which are banana cousins, also offer up their own sweet taste in cooked dishes and when fried.
With these fruits we can make such delights as pies, chutneys, and salsas. Specialty markets carry many Caribbean items, either fresh or canned. However, some fruits are too delicate for shipping, so we will not taste them until we travel to the islands.
The most important libation in our tropical adventure is, of course, rum. Dark rum, light rum, golden rum - so many choices. Rum is a wonderful partner for desserts and sweet drinks. There is no end to recipes that combine the two flavors.
To satisfy a sweet tooth, you will find some excellent banana-based recipes below, all with a rum twist (the adult version). Bananas are a favorite choice of mine: they are always available, and most recipes make it easy to substitute with other fruits when available. In other words, if you find that mangoes are in season at your local market, try one instead!
Make these recipes in the "adult" version with rum (included here) or the kid-friendly version (with no-proof rum substitutes).
-4 bananas, peeled
Melt butter in
skillet. Add bananas, fry on both sides, about 30 seconds each side.
Do not burn. Add the rum and spices and cook for an additional minute.
Serve with ice cream.
For kid version: replace rum with 2 tablespoons of a dark cola.
Banana Whip (approx. 4 servings)
-2 medium bananas,
peeled and smashed
Mix bananas, milk,
sugar, and vanilla in blender.
Frozen Banana Pie-1 graham cracker crust
-1 can frozen banana cocktail blender mix (experiment with other flavors-pina colada, for instance)
-1 pint vanilla ice cream
-1 medium banana, smashed
-3 cups whipped topping
-1/4 cup light rum
Allow frozen mix,
ice cream, and whipped topping to soften and then blend.
With these recipes, you'll want to kick back, close your eyes, and savor the sweet side of the Caribbean!
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