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Football! Week 14 – Grilled Bananas with Caramel Recipe

It’s that time of the year when teams make that last minute push to get into the playoffs.  For my team, the Cutler-free Bears, it’s looking pretty dire.  All they had to do was win 3 of their last 6 games to limp into the playoffs.  They’re coming off two losses that shouldn’t have been and now face the red-hot Broncos, led by Tim “Honorary Filipino” Tebow.   Not only has he led his team to a 6-1 record since taking over as starter,  he’s learned how to throw a football (somewhat), inspired many youngsters, and single-handedly made planking passé.  His passion for the game is eclipsed only by his devout faith.    To heck with all his cynical detractors, he’s truly the feel-good story of the year.

That said, I’m hoping the Bears perforate him.

For the second time this year, the Pieholes picked more games correctly (12) than me (10).  We all shellacked the banana (5).  Wait a minute, that’s a euphemism I really don’t want associated with my kids…

Grilled Bananas with Caramel

This is one of my favorite desserts and can be made in about 5-10 minutes.  I think I may have got it from Rick Bayless years ago, but I’ve made it a hundred time since then.  Thus making it mine.  You really owe it to yourself to try it.  The best caramel to use is dulce le leche (aka cajeta) which is made from a mixture of cow and goats milk.  But really any caramel will do.  I think the original recipe called for dulce le leche ice cream, but I find it too be too rich and overpowers the bananas.

  • 4 Bananas
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Dulce le leche or caramel
  • Olive Oil for brushing
  1. Pre-heat a grill or grillpan
  2. With the skin still on, slice the bananas lengthwise and brush the cut side with olive oil
  3. Place cut side down on grill and flip after about 2 minutes (enough to get grill marks).  Continue grilling another 2-3 minutes until the flesh starts to separate from the skin.
  4. Carefully peel away the skin, add a scoop of ice cream, and drizzle with dulce le leche.
  5. Serve immediately

Note – it might get tricky keeping the banana whole while plating.  You can always keep the skin on and scoop out the fruit with a spoon.

Week 14 Picks

This week’s guest is a red onion.  Let’s see how he does…

Finally – I couldn’t resist posting this pic again of a  friend Tebowing on a plank…

Still not sure about what they're wearing...

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4 comments on “Football! Week 14 – Grilled Bananas with Caramel Recipe

  1. Yinzerella
    December 7, 2011

    You have combined 2 of my favorite things–food and football and packaged it with a pretty little bloggy bow.

    I want to make picks. I want to be rutabaga!

    Great blog, Just subscribed.

    Sorry about Da Beers.

  2. gojulesgo
    December 7, 2011

    Nice! My husband just helped my dad win his work’s office football pool, and he’s pleased as punch (or you know, grilled bananas with caramel) with himself.

    Those pics are making my mouth water!

  3. thefoodandwinehedonist
    December 7, 2011

    Thanks for stopping by and kind words… Your blog and project are awesome!

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