Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thea's Bananas

My friend from college, Thea, posted on Facebook awhile ago with a very simple statement. It said "Fried banana, sourcream, cayenne. Perfection." I took one look at it and realized I had to make this. I went out and bought the ingredients (for I only had cayenne on hand) and decided to fry them up as a simple treat for myself. I've made it twice since.

I really enjoyed this snack. I believe her recipe was simpler, just fry the bananas in some butter. But I couldn't resist spicing them up with a sprinkling of brown sugar, a bit of salt, and a dash of the cayenne right in the frying plan. I feel like it gave the bananas some extra umph. They were rather hard to keep from disintegrating in the pan, maybe mine were too mushy? I don't have a lot of experience panfrying bananas.

I also really liked how these photos turned out. You can see that I get minimal sunlight through my kitchen/dining room window because I have a whole array of bushes and trees in the way. I like it that way though. My apartment tends to be pretty dark, but also tends to stay cool. But I think it made the photos seem even dreamier.

After I fried the bananas I just topped them with a generous scoop of sour cream and even more cayenne. The result: sweet, spicy, creamy, savory. It was decadent (though not really), but also fresh and flavorful. Gotta say, Thea's got it on this one. Thanks, Thea. I was going to link to things of hers (like, her personal website, or her event websites) but she doesn't have any links available on Facebook for me. Alas. If I ever figure out some of her sites I will link her amazingness to this post. In the meantime, enjoy a quick and simple dessert or snack via bananas.

Thea's Bananas

1 banana, sliced in half
1 tablespoon butter
1 heaping tablespoon sour cream
cayenne pepper to taste
1 teaspoon brown sugar
salt to taste

In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium-high eat. Place the bananas in the skillet and fry up. Sprinkle brown sugar and cayenne pepper and a bit of salt over them while they're cooking. Allow a crust to form. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and an extra sprinkle of cayenne.