Today’s #SundaySupper is all about retro foods — dishes that were popular in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Bananas foster is a classic 1950s dessert, with sautéed bananas, caramel rum sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Today, the Sunday Supper group is traveling back in time to celebrate dishes popular in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Yes, we’re going retro!
I decided on a very classic 50s dish, bananas foster. It was created in 1951 by Paul Blangé at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans. It was named for the chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission, Richard Foster, who was a friend of the restaurant’s founder.
In this dish, Bananas are sauteed in butter and sugar until a caramel sauce forms, then rum is added and set aflame. Don’t worry, thanks to the croissant disaster of 2007, I have a fire extinguisher.
It’s a relatively simple dish, with few ingredients, and no difficult techniques. If you don’t have banana liqueur, you can simply leave it out of the recipe. But I just told you how to make it at home, so now you have no excuse.
The initial flame when you light the pan is impressive. It settles down, then takes about 30 seconds to burn itself out. It’s actually the vapor from the rum that is flammable, not the rum itself. Be sure to take the skillet off of the burner before adding the rum, and keep a pot lid and/or fire extinguisher handy for safety.
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp banana liqueur
- 2 whole just-ripe bananas, peeled and split lengthwise
- ¼ cup dark rum
- ½ pint vanilla ice cream
- Melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the brown sugar and stir until the sugar melts (this takes a while).
- Remove the skillet from the heat and add the banana liqueur and the split bananas, cut-side down. Set the skillet back on the heat and cook the bananas until slightly soft, periodically spooning sauce over the bananas, and the sauce turns a light caramel color.
- Gently remove the bananas from pan to two serving dishes. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Remove the skillet from the heat again and carefully add the rum. Do not stir. VERY carefully, set the skillet back over the burner and using a long grill lighter, ignite the rum and continue cooking until flame dies out, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. If the sauce is too thin, cook for 1 to 2 minutes until it is syrupy in consistency.
- Divide the ½ pint of ice cream between the two serving dishes. Spoon the sauce over the ice cream and serve immediately.
Adapted from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Don’t forget to check out these other Sunday Supper Retro recipes!
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- Classic Chex Party Mix from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Healthy Green Goddess Dip from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
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- Bacon Wrapped Individual Meatloaf from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken ala King from Recipes Food and Cooking
- Chicken Rice Casserole from Curious Cuisiniere
- Chicken in a Basket from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Parisienne from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
- Chicken Pot Pie from Whole Food | Real Families
- Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast from FoodieTots
- Creamy Baked Pork Chops from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Individual Beef Wellingtons from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuits from Simply Healthy Family
- Mom’s Shepherd’s Pie from Momma’s Meals
- Ravioli di Magro from Manu’s Menu
- Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy from Webicurean
- Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs from Palatable Pastime
- Tuna Noodle Casserole from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Uptown Goulash from Family Foodie
Swell Side Dishes:
- Creamy Lime Gelatin Salad from Magnolia Days
- Harvard Beets from Take A Bite Out Of Boca
- Retro Crock Pot Crabby Soup from Seduction in the Kitchen
- Roasted Broccoli Cheese Casserole from NeighborFood
- Seven Layer Salad from Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Wedge Salad from Our Good Life
- Bananas Foster from The Redhead Baker
- Creamsicle Jello Mold from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Frosty Chocolate Dream Bites from Wallflour Girl
- Hummingbird Cream Cheese Cookies from Dandelion Greens
- Jello Poke Cake from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Mom’s Heath Bar Cake from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Old Fashioned Banana Pudding from Pies and Plots
- One, Two, Three Jello from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Original Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake with No Cook Fudge Frosting from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Raspberry Crunch from Peaceful Cooking
- Tunnel of Fudge Cake from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
The Bee’s Knees Beverages:
- Blood Orange Sidecar from Nosh My Way
- Crème de Menthe Parfait from Food Lust People Love
- Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned from The Texan New Yorker
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