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Bananas on the grill

Posted by on Aug. 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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Bananas Foster, On the Grill

Julia Bainbridge

Bananas Foster, On the Grill

 

“I am bananas for grilled bananas! I make them all the time.” That enthusiastic comment comes from Elizabeth Karmel, executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken in New York City.

Years ago, at the Memphis in May barbecue festival, Karmel discovered her breakfast banana, uneaten, and wondered what would happen if she threw it on the grill. So she did. “Once it was done, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this tastes like Bananas Foster!’ But you don’t have to pan to clean or the butter to deal with.”

“That’s what started my love affair with grilling bananas,” says Karmel, “and it doesn’t take long to perfect.” Here’s her best and simplest method:

You want sturdy bananas. “I prefer grilling a banana that’s slightly green,” says Karmel. “You don’t want one that’s brown and spotty—not the kind you use for banana bread”

Leaving the skins on, cut each banana length wise and then again in half crosswise. Make a dessert rub consisting of cinnamon, sugar and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle the rub onto the cut sides of the banana and let sit for 5 minutes.

Grill them, cut side down, on a very clean cooking grate on medium-low direct heat just long enough to get grill marks, about 1-2 minutes.

Turn them over with a pair of tongs and move them to an area of the grill with indirect heat. “I let them continue to cook, slowly, while I’m having dinner,” says Karmel. When the skin starts to pull away from the flesh of the banana, they’re finished. “That’s the best way to test for doneness. No one can fail that. You can see when the skin pulls away.”

Remove the peel and serve with vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, and a little sprinkling of the dessert rub.

by on Aug. 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Aug. 30, 2014 at 9:11 AM
Sounds great!!
Mrs.Bolin
by Gold Member on Aug. 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM
1 mom liked this

My best friend is Puerto Rican. When her dad was alive he would buy Plantains, slice them and put them in a frying pan with a lil butter and salt. They are amazing!

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by Silver Member on Aug. 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Thanks for sharing :)

melliburger
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Interesting!

SarahSuzyQ
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2014 at 11:43 PM
Ooh, I don't know. I'm not a terribly adventurous eater, but my whole family loves bananas and grilling... :-)
melindabelcher
by Bronze Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Drooling!!!!

And we are grilling today!!!! I may just have to try this!! 

michiganmom116
by Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 8:01 AM

sounds good!  I wonder how they'd taste charred, since that's the only way DH grills....

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