Grilled Bananas – Not Just For Weird People :)
My first thoughts when getting ready to write this post were “They’re gonna think I am weird”.
But honestly, if you are just now figuring that out about me, we got us one Jim Dandy of a learning curve here. Just about all Southerners are weird (the good ones at least). Where else do folks call every carbonated beverage a “coke” or “co-cola” despite flavor, brand, or location? Where else are you considered unfit to drive if you forget to wave at a car going down the road (I was once forced to pull over and relinquish the wheel during a driving lesson when I didn’t wave back at someone). And where else is a delivery man considered rude if he refuses to sit down and have a glass of tea before going? This is just the tip of the iceberg but you get my point.
Now outside of the south, folks might call our weird behavior “eccentric” but everybody knows eccentric is just weirdness puttin’ on airs and Southerners don’t put on no airs. See that? Here I am a bona fide member of Sigma Tau Delta and I just used a double negative without blinking.
My Mama must be so proud!
So here we go, a weird food post. Now you know I’m not going to bring you something unless I absolutely love it. This wins bonus points with me also because it uses up food that might otherwise have gone bad or wasted and that’s another tender spot of mine.
People that come from my kind of people don’t like to waste food.
It seems like if you’ve had a single generation in your family tree that has gone without, you have an natural horror at throwing away anything that is still fit to eat. You know all those studies coming out every five minutes about how the South has the highest obesity rate? Newsflash folks, its coz we used to be hungry and we’re still a partyin’ over being able to walk into the Piggly Wiggly and leave with the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner in the middle of August.
Oh I know, I know, we could all use a little less partyin’ but today I’m showing you how not to waste fruit and even though it has some brown sugar and a bit of margarine in it, it is still a whole heap healthier than some of the things they serve in fancy restaurants so get off m’tractor and lets get cookin’!
This is a great last minute dessert to have while you’re grilling out.
Just put them on when you put your hamburgers on and wait til they turn good and black.
Don’t you just love it when you make food that is SUPPOSED to turn black? Me too.
You’re gonna need: Bananas, Margarine (or butter if you prefer), and Brown Sugar.
Use light or dark brown sugar, whatever you have on hand is fine.
We also found that a little cinnamon is DIVINE mixed in as well.
Moosh up your margarine and brown sugar really good.
Until you have a nice pasty mixture like this.
If you don’t get you a pinch of that I’m going to be very disappointed in you.
Anytime you are making something with brown sugar, it’s very bad luck not to taste it.
This is according to the ancient wisdom of Christydom.
Lay your banana on its side and cut a slit in it but don’t go through the bottom of the peel.
Stuff it with your brown sugar mixture.
Set it on the grill. It doesn’t have to be any special temperature, just whatever you have it set on for what you are cooking is fine.
Watch it ….
Your banana is cooking to ooey gooey goodness.
Almost done but not quite. Lets let it get nice and black.
NOW we’re talkin’!
This is delicious served alongside ice cream. You can eat it out of the peel or…
Take it out and chop it up a bit to use as a topping for your ice cream. The ice cream featured here is my sister in law, Tina’s recipe for homemade custard that she got from her Mama Dove. Anything from a Southern Woman named Mama Dove is good – especially with grilled bananas!
There are countless other ways Southerners are weird but I’m having a hard time coming up with them because – well, weirdness is so very normal to us. This is where you come in.
How are we weird? What are some of the strange things Southerners do that only make sense below the Mason Dixon Line? Don’t worry about chiming in if you are of the Northern Persuasion, we’re really good at laughing at ourselves and would love your take on us. Just remember to be gentle coz we love y’all and we hope to drag you down here and feed you one day and get you to tell us how your Mawmaw did things back in her kitchen.
If you’re not using your smile, you’re like someone with a million dollars in the bank and no check book.
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