The flavors of New Orleans Creole cuisine combine indigenous ingredients with Spanish-influenced spices and French-American culinary flair, and this Bananas Foster recipe is a wonderful example - the addition of brewed coffee makes it very special indeed.
Cut the bananas in half, crosswise. Cut each half in half lengthwise and carefully set the pieces aside on a large plate. Have 4 dessert plates standing by.
Melt the butter in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium heat. Don’t use plain cast iron; it might discolor and alter the flavor of the sauce. Add the banana slices, cut side down, and fry them for about 20 to 30 seconds. Carefully turn the bananas over, then shake the brown sugar over them.
Pour the coffee and rum over the bananas. Increase the heat and quickly bring the liquid to a boil, shaking the pan somewhat to “stir.” If using a gas stove, and you want to show-off a little, flambé the alcohol from the rum.
As soon as the bananas start to lose their firmness, divide the slices evenly between the plates. Put the skillet back on the heat and reduce the syrup until it is syrupy, but don’t overdo it; you want some sauce for the ice cream.
Put a scoop or two of ice cream on each plate, them spoon some of the sauce over each portion. Serve at once.
Serving Size 1 cup