🍌 Chattanooga Bananas Foster

Chattanooga Bananas Foster
I like to improvise in the kitchen . . . whenever I have ingredients that are too ripe or just about to expire, I think fast on my feet and come up with a way to salvage and enjoy before it's too late! Plus, I hate to throw food away. I grew up with an Italian Mother and Grandmother, and you didn't dare waste food! "No, no, no . . . you don't toss the heal of the bread out. You don't waste stale bread. You can still use that brown banana. What do you mean that tomato is too far gone, let me see!" It's these voices I hear and who keeps me creating ways to use the ingredients I have on hand.

Does anyone else notice bananas seem to ripen faster in their RVs? Is it just me? Well, that's what happened on our trip to Chattanooga. The bananas I brought from Tampa had gone a little too far for us to enjoy just as a snack by themselves. Whilst we were in Chattanooga, touring the Train Depot and Songbirds Guitar Museum I had noticed a little shop directly across the street from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga Whiskey Company. Hmmmm? I love whiskey. I love local flavors.

The crew was still filming shots of the area, Kevin was collecting equipment and our mics, so I crossed the street and was greeted with a smiling face and "would you like to sample our whiskey?" Um, yes please! Unbeknownst to Kevin and the crew, I came out with a bottle of their sweet whiskey and some fire roasted pecans. The dessert recipe was already taking place inside my head. 


Over ripe bananas (I had 6)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese (you can use butter, but I did not have any with me)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 - 1/2 cup whiskey (to taste - a lot will burn off)
1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans (don't make them too small. Any choice of nuts here will work too.)
Vanilla ice cream


Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat, add mascarpone (or butter) to melt.

Add brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and bananas. Stir until mascarpone (or butter) is melted. Try not to break up bananas.

Remove pan from heat when adding whiskey. If cooking over a flame (gas stove or grill), tip pan near flame to ignite alcohol. Flame will burn down slowly as alcohol cooks off. Once flame is low, you can stir again.

Spoon hot mixture over scoop (or scoops) of vanilla ice cream, top with pecans . . . enjoy!

This was my first time EVER flambΓ©-ing anything, and I was doing it on camera. I had one take for this, and might I say, I nailed it! I was worried, slightly, about my eyebrows after we wrapped filming, but relieved to know they were still intact. Ha! I grabbed 7 spoons and we all devoured the dessert. Success!

I was using the Magma Crossover Series Double Firebox Grill. Only using the burner for my cast iron skillet. It works just great as a "stove top" too! You can watch the Campfire Bananas Foster segment as part of the RV There Yet? "Chattanooga" episode.