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SuchTaste Oct 21, 2012 03:55 AM

Found a great rosemary banana recipe and I want to pair a scoop of homemade ice cream alongside it. What flavor and color — cardamom? Rhubarb? Mango? Taro? Something else?

The bananas are roasted with fresh rosemary and a few drops of maple syrup, salt+pepper, a light brush of butter, baked 450 degrees for 4 minutes, removed from heat, brushed sparingly (get this) with bourbon. It all comes together perfectly: subtler than it sounds. Split lengthwise, plated. Great by itself, but what ice cream (or anything else complementary) might go with it?

  1. ipsedixit Oct 21, 2012 12:53 PM

    I suppose Vanilla is fine, like others have suggested.

    But if you want the rosemary and the roasted sugars of the banana to pop, I would consider a Rum Ice Cream or a Toasted Almond Ice Cream.

    1. HillJ Oct 21, 2012 12:49 PM

      If you can get your hands on a banana gelato I'd go there; otherwise vanilla ice cream for sure.

      Does the rosemary get used as an infusion only or are there bits of fresh rosemary on the bananas?

      1. meatn3 Oct 21, 2012 10:07 AM

        I agree with the choice of vanilla ice cream.

        If you wish to go with something crispy a dark chocolate lace cookie would be nice.

        1. sunshine842 Oct 21, 2012 04:38 AM

          I'd stick with vanilla, as subtle as possible -- you've got bananas, rosemary, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and butter -- there's a LOT going on on that plate as it is -- and one more set of flavors is just going to be more noise than harmony.

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