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Bananas Foster

The classic recipe for one of America's most iconic desserts
Chris Granger

Bananas were not introduced to North America after the Civil War and some decades later, when widespread consumption took hold, New Orleans became a major center for banana imports from Central and South America.

In 1951, Brennan’s owner Owen Brennan (the uncle of Ralph Brennan, the 3rd generation restaurateur and now-owner of Brennan’s restaurant today) asked his chef Paul Blangé and sister Ella to come up with a new dessert using bananas to name after his friend Richard Foster, the chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission. At the time, Owen’s younger brother John (Ralph Brennan’s father,) was running “Brennan’s Processed Potato Company,” a produce company that had a surplus of bananas. What they came up with is now the world renowned Bananas Foster.

The dramatic, flambéed result is now the most-ordered item on Brennan's menu. Thirty-five thousand pounds of bananas are sautéed each year in South American rum (but of course!) in preparation of the signature dessert.

Ready in
20 m
15 m
(prepare time)
5 m
(cook time)
4
Servings
637
Calories Per Serving

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 Cup dark rum
  • 1/4 Cup banana liqueur
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 4 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Directions

Combine butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a large sauté pan. Place pan over low heat and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Stir in banana liqueur, then place bananas in pan. When bananas soften and begin to brown, carefully add rum. Continue to cook sauce until rum is hot, then tip pan slightly to igniter rum. When flames subside, lift bananas out of pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream. Generously spoon warm sauce over ice cream and serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts
Servings4
Calories Per Serving637
Total Fat23g35%
Sugar76gN/A
Saturated14g71%
Cholesterol75mg25%
Protein5g10%
Carbs91g30%
Vitamin A219µg24%
Vitamin B120.4µg17.3%
Vitamin B60.5mg37.6%
Vitamin C11mg12%
Vitamin D17IU100%
Vitamin E0.8mg5%
Vitamin K2µg2%
Calcium171mg17%
Fiber4g16%
Folate (food)29µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)29µg7%
Iron0.7mg3.9%
Magnesium50mg12%
Monounsaturated6gN/A
Niacin (B3)1mg6%
Phosphorus137mg20%
Polyunsaturated1gN/A
Potassium672mg14%
Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg25.5%
Sodium94mg4%
Sugars, added56gN/A
Trans0.5gN/A
Water167gN/A
Zinc0.9mg8.3%