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I'm looking for great recipes for using up leftover bananas - sweet/savoury anything really. There must be more than banana bread!

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      1. This banana ice cream is really very easy and very good. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al... I fold in coarsely chopped nuts and then drizzle fudge syrup and caramel syrup on layers as I transfer the churned ice cream to a freezer storage container. Very decadent.

        1. Ok, I have 2.
          First, take two Vanilla wafers and spread peanut butter on one. Add a slice of banana and top with the other Vanilla wafer. When my sister and I were little, my mother would make a plate of about 10 of them and we would pretend they were hamburgers like Jughead used to eat on The Archies.
          Second, just peel a banana and take a knife and slather Nutella on each bite.
          Oh! And a peanut butter and banana sandwich just can't be beat either!

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          1. re: RouxGirl

            I like to keep them in the peel and slice in half lengthwise. Then open it up a little and sprinkle some brown sugar in there...wrap loosely in tinfoil and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

            1. re: Yaxpac

              At camp we had a variation on this -- called banana boats: Keep the bananas peeled. slice open lengthwise, big enough to stuff with chocolate chips, and marshmellows. Close / seal the bananas up with tin foil, put in fire for a while, until cooked and gooey. Open and eat the banana right out of the tin foil and peel! Oh such memories. Probably can be done in regular oven ..... I may try this soon, as bananas have been cheap at BJ's lately!

          2. Here are a few links on the savory end, Curried Shrimp and Bananas, the first being a Carribbean-style recipe and the other, a rather involved Thai recipe. I also included a link for a simpler dish:
            http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/Mai...
            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/wo... ) You could certainly make this simpler by using a Thai curry paste, green or red would be great with the shrimp
            This link is for a Southern-style Curried Shrimp dish with bananas, very simple, but you could dress it up with vegetables, garlic and ginger, red or green peppers, tomatoes,green beans, whatever:
            http://southernfood.about.com/od/shri...

            Then there's the classic grilled peanut butter-banana sandwich. Good with bacon, too.

            1. Banana and mayonnaise sandwich.....sounds odd but it was a favorite of mine when I was a kid.

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              1. re: Infomaniac

                Ew, banana and mayonnaise! I like the sound of baking them with sugar though, and those curries sound awesome.

                1. re: Infomaniac

                  Delicious! Are you from the south? We had those quite often and also pineapple and mayo. My mom would cut the bread using the pineapple can, then slather with mayo, add a slice of pineapple, and put a maraschino cherry in the center of the completed sandwich. Those always went quickly at potlucks.

                  1. re: alliedawn_98

                    You have there the ingredients for "candlewick salad" that my Mom made for me when I was a kid. Slice of cored pineapple on a plate, half a banana standing with the pineapple's hole as it's "candleholder", a dap of mayo on top (dripping wax), and a cherry on top (flame). Gross, i know, but fun for a kid.

                    1. re: danna

                      Danna, I have never heard of that but it sounds good and like something my son would probably like. Thanks!

                    2. re: alliedawn_98

                      I'm not from the south but my dad did his was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC and he used to tell me that all the southern guys loved it.
                      Your moms version sounds worthy of trying....might have to get some canned pineapple this weekend.

                    3. re: Infomaniac

                      I too use to have the same sandwich as a little girl. I would also to make a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich for my kids many years ago.

                    4. SWEET

                      Banana bars! These things are devious, so look out. Great with cream cheese icing:

                      -2 eggs, room temperature
                      -1/2 c. granulated sugar
                      -1/3 c. raw sugar
                      -1/4 c. vegetable oil
                      -1/4 c. plain yogurt
                      -8-oz. bananas (weighed after peeling—about 1 1/2 medium bananas), mashed
                      -1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
                      -1 c. all-purpose flour
                      -1 tsp. baking powder
                      -1 tsp. ground cinnamon
                      -1/2 tsp. salt
                      -1/2 tsp. baking soda

                      1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, banana, oil, yogurt, and sugars.

                      2. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking power, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

                      3. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet until combined.

                      4. Bake on the middle rack in a large greased gratin dish or 8Ă—8-in. pan for approx. 35 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean.

                      5. Drizzle or spread with cream cheese-sour cream icing when cool.

                      SAVORY

                      Banana rice (I got the recipe in my Cuban cooking class):

                      -1 banana, diced
                      -2 tsp. butter
                      -1 cup rice
                      -1/2 tsp. salt, more to taste
                      -water for steaming (depends on rice, likely around 1 3/4 c.)

                      1. In a pot, sweat the banana pieces in butter for a few minutes. Add the rice and lightly toast, stirring often.
                      2. Add salt and water, stir, cover, and cook until the rice is tender and the water is gone.

                      This is GREAT with pork chops prepared this way: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food...

                      Also good with Cuban black beans.

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                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                        "Devious"? Didn't think they were smart enough for that ;-).

                        Somewhere I've read about using pureed bananas to supplement and/or subsitute for the dairy in ice cream. I think the recipe called for chocolate chips to be stirred in before freezing.

                      2. slice in half. cover cut side with sugar and brulee. make a banana split

                        1. Not a recipe , really, but I've been dieting lately, and here is my current breakfast (and dinner a couple of times): Stir a container of Fage greek yogurt until creamy, add chopped smallish, ripe banana, drizzle w/ a HINT of honey or agave syrup. Eat while pretending it's banana pudding.

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                            1. re: danna

                              Slice banana in half, drizzle with a bit of brown sugar or a schmear of Nutella, wrap with wonton wrappers and fry in an inch of vegetable oil until lightly browned and crisp on all sides.

                            2. Banana pancakes -- and they can even be dressed up with walnuts or blueberries or chocolate chips. They're one of our standard Saturday pancakes around here!

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                              1. re: eamcd

                                I do a variation on banana pancakes, but i slice them into coins first, then saute them in butter and brown sugar. when they're golden and caramelized, i cluster a few together, for a pancake then pour my batter over them and let them cook. flip and repeat.

                                also, streusel nanners...i slice them, lay on a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with streusel (brown sugar, flour, butter, dash of cinnamon and vanilla), then bake at 350 til golden and soft. serve over ice cream

                                Mango banana ketchup http://homecooking.about.com/od/condi...

                                Chicken Columbo http://homecooking.about.com/od/chick...

                              2. Smoothies! Using them this way allows you to freeze leftover bananas for longer keeping. I really like this one:

                                http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...

                                1. I also like to make smoothies with leftover bananas. I usually freeze them while they're still good to eat but can see there are too many to eat. Anyway, I peel a frozen banana and put it in a blender with some frozen strawberries and milk. I add Splenda and flaxmeal and blend it up. It actually tastes a lot like a strawberry/banana shake.

                                  1. King Arthur Flour's banana cream pie

                                    Barefoot Contessa's banana crunch muffins:
                                    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

                                    1. Banana Jam!

                                      abstractgourmet.com/2007/06/banana-jam

                                      I have had great success with this recipe specifically. Having tried out a few others (and even a wing at using stevia, which I sadly can't recommend) and this wins out every time. Adding a little ginger powder was nice but tasters agreed that the cinnamon was the thing. It takes more time for me than the 20 minutes called for but you'll recognize when it's done. Keeps for several weeks in the fridge.

                                      1. And you haven't lived until you've had a peanut butter and banana jam sandwich. I like mine toasted;)

                                        1. Slice. Caramelize with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Flambe with dark rum. Serve over ice cream.

                                          Slice lengthwise. Top with medium cheddar or jackfruit. Wrap in spring roll wrappers. Fry. Serve with melted brown sugar, dulce de leche or chocolate.

                                          Make a custard. Mix with mashed banana. Pipe into chocolate cupcake centers. Frost and top with crushed peanuts.

                                          http://almostbourdain.blogspot.com/20...

                                          Saute garlic and onions. Caramelize with diced tomatoes. Add ground pork and brown. Add raisins and cooked rice. Toss with salt and pepper. Serve with fried banana and eggs.

                                          Blend bananas with raisins, vinegar, nutmeg, Sriracha, pepper, cloves, tomato sauce. Simmer until thickened into ketchup.