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Dec 24, 2009 06:36 AM

bananas foster

i have always wanted to try bananas foster...i need to know the best place to go and get it and try it for the first time.

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  1. I would suggest Brennan's in New Orleans. I never tried it, but it was 'invented' there back in '51 and they still serve it today, almost 60 years later; they must be doing it right.
    Its pictured on their homepage

    1. Make your own!!! It's too easy not to try it. Here's the recipe, but FWIW - I've never used the banana liqueur and it's still great!

      Was at Central Market last week and they have the sauce in a jar - all you have to do is add bananas and heat. It wasn't bad - they were doing samples!

      1. Don't know where you are, but the Brennan's in Houston also served it until the restaurant burned down a while back - not due to the flaming Bananas Foster, but because of Hurricane Ike. They're rebuilding, however, and should be opening before too long.

        As far as making it yourself, I've been doing that for some forty years. There are many recipes, but if you're really interested, you should buy a copy of the Brennan's Cookbook, and follow the original recipe in it. I've never found one that I think is as good. It's not difficult at all, assuming you have a modest amount of cooking skills. I will say that the first few times I tried it, I couldn't get it to work. I was very young at the time and did not realize that the liqueurs need to be heated in order to flame. After I figured that out, the original Bananas Foster recipe from the Brennan's Cookbook became my standard dinner party dessert. If you're going to try it, you really should make the extra effort to get ALL of the proper ingredients - including real butter, and the banana liqueur.

        Brennan's Original Cookbook:

        1. It would be very helpful if you put the name of the city you are in, or looking for, in the title of your post. It's too late now, but if you tell us what city, then we can put a report in for the moderators and they will add it to the title. You get more responses if people know where you are. Just a helpful hint for you.

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          1. re: danhole

            True, danhole. And CocoaNut slam dunked it. Make it yourself, and no jarred sauce necessary. It is a simple dish that was meant to be made table side flambe. Very 1950's. Brennans created this recipe and is easy enough that a non-cook (think waiter) can make it, with simple ingredients such as vanilla ice cream, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. The ingredients can make a tasty cocktail, if you were so inclined to drink blender ice cream cocktails (me not so much).