Recipe courtesy of Paul Prudhomme

Banana Bliss

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  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
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1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 large bananas

1/2 cup pecans, halved or chopped

1/2 cup water

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons banana liqueur

2 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur

1 tablespoon Cognac

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

Vanilla ice cream

Seasoning Mix:

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground anise seed


  1. Combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Peel the bananas and cut them into diagonal slices about 1/2-inch thick. Set aside. In a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, roast the pecans, stirring constantly, until they begin to darken and give off a rich toasted aroma. Remove from the heat and set aside. In a 10-inch skillet whisk together the water, butter, and sugar. When the butter melts, add the seasoning mix and bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Whisk in the remaining ingredients, then add the reserved bananas and pecans. Combine to cook, stirring gently, for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.