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Summers Here, It's Time to Fire Up the Grill and Go Bananas
We all know the fun of having friends and neighbors over for a summer get-together. The grill smoking, steaks, burgers or brats sizzling, buttery corn on the cob, ice cold watermelon and cold drinks. Stories and jokes being told, kids playing yard games. This is what summer is all about and no one enjoys these get-togethers more than I, but if you would like to try something a little different, Go Bananas.
The banana has always been one of my favorite fruits. For the past few years we have been trying different recipe using bananas, and I thought I’d share some of our favorites. These can certainly be used year round but I think their best as a summer treat.
Here are three fabulous recipes for your charcoal, gas or electric grill.
Banana’s on the Grill
This delicious, but simple desert uses one over ripe or very yellow banana (which is at its sweetest) for each person to be served
Place unpeeled banana onto a medium heated 350 degree grill for approx. 10 minutes, after 5 minutes flip once. Bananas are done when the peel blackens and fruit softens. (Poke to assure tenderness). Take bananas from grill and peel. Be careful not to burn yourself. Place banana into a bowl and add your favorite topping, and enjoy this warm, sweet treat.
Grilled Bananas “Foster” This desert serves 4
· ¼ cup butter, melted
· 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
· 1 Tbsp brandy (optional)
· ½ tsp ground cinnamon
· ½ tsp imitation rum extract
· 4 bananas, unpeeled
· 12 vanilla wafers
· 1 pint vanilla ice cream
· Caramel sauce
Combine: melted butter, brown sugar, brandy, cinnamon and rum extract in a bowl, mix well. Cut unpeeled bananas in half lengthwise. Brush cut-sides with butter mixture placing bananas, peel side down on the grill. Grill over medium-high heat 7 to 10 minutes until bananas become soft and are heated through out. Brush on the remaining butter mixture then remove bananas from heat. Place 3 vanilla wafers each in 4 bowls. Scoop grilled banana over wafers and top with scoops of ice cream. Drizzle with caramel sauce if desired.
Island Kabobs with Tropical Fruit Salsa This recipe serves 4
· 2 ripe, firm bananas, peeled, each cut into 6 pieces
· 1 ripe banana, peeled and diced
· 12 chunks pineapple
· 16 jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
· 1 green or red bell pepper, cut into 8 pieces
· 2 tbsp lime juice
· 2 tbsp olive oil
· ½ tsp ground allspice
· 1 mango, peeled and diced
· 1 tbsp chopped mint
· 1 green onion, minced
· 2 to 3 tsp minced jalapeno pepper
Thread banana pieces, pineapple, shrimp and bell pepper pieces equally onto skewers. Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, and allspice in a bowl. Brush 2 tbsp over kabobs. Combine remaining marinade with diced banana, mango, mint, green onion and jalapeno pepper. Place in a serving dish. Grill kabobs over medium high heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning once or until the shrimp are opaque. Arrange the kabobs on the top of the salsa in the serving dish.
How about something to drink?
Banana Pina Colada This recipe serves 2
· 2 small, ripe bananas, peeled and quartered
· 1 cup crushed ice
· ½ cup Pineapple Juice
· ½ cup cream of coconut
· 1/3 cup rum
Combine bananas, ice, pineapple juice, cream of coconut in a blender or food processor. Cover, and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Banana Margaritas This recipe serves 4
· Granulated sugar, as needed
· Water or cut lime half
· 6 cups crushed ice
· 2 ripe bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
· ½ can (12 oz) frozen limeade concentrate
· 2/3 cup tequila
· ½ cup triple sec or other orange-flavored liqueur
Dampen rim of each margarita glass with water or cut lime half, press into sugar on small plate. Combine ice, bananas, limeade concentrate, tequila and triple sec in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into prepared glassed and serve immediately.
Here are a couple recipes for the kids, but they’ll be equally enjoyed by adults.
Double Chocolate Banana Milkshake This recipe serves 1
· 2 whole bananas frozen, peeled and chopped
· 1 cup Chocolate ice cream or frozen yogurt
· 2/3 cup low-fat milk
· ½ cup 60% cacao chocolate baking chips
Combine bananas, ice cream, and milk in a blender and puree until smooth. With the blender on the “chop” setting add the chocolate chips and blend until chips are in small flakes and evenly blended into the drink. Serve immediately.
This shake can also be made using bananas that are not frozen. The result will not be quite as thick or cold, but still delicious.
Frozen Chocolate Bananas This recipe serves 2
· One whole banana
· ½ cup chocolate chips
· ¼ cup crisp rice cereal or crushed nuts (optional)
· 2 Ice Pop Sticks
· 1 sheet Plastic wrap
· 1 sheet Wax Paper
Peel the banana, cut it in half width-wise and insert the sticks part way into each banana half. Wrap each banana in plastic wrap and freeze for about an hour. Put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt them on half power. Check every 10 seconds so they don’t burn. Dip the bananas in the melted chocolate till they’re completely coated. Dip in rice cereal or crushed nuts, if you like. Place on wax paper and put in the freezer to set for at least one hour.
I hope you enjoy these delicious recipes as much as we do. Enjoy the summer and go Bananas.
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