The holidays are fast approaching and it’s going to get harder to find time for yourself. I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time in the kitchen during the holidays. While you’re mixing your ingredients or waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven, Netflix encourages us to steal back some moments for ourselves. What could be a better place to start then in the kitchen?! We can get a bit of “me time” even while cooking or baking. You can bring your tablet in the kitchen and stream movies and shows on Netflix.
Chef Curtis Stone has come up with some recipes in honor of shows and movies on Netflix. Here, I’ve recreated his “Up in Flames Drunken Bananas with Spiced Ice Cream”. His inspiration for this recipe is the show Arrested Development. Why? He thinks the wildly dysfunctional Bluth family on Arrested Development always seems a little bananas, drunken, spicy, or up in flames! Since they’ve brought so many hilarious moments, he created this recipe in their honor.
Make-Ahead: The spiced ice cream can be made up to 3 days ahead, kept frozen. The flambéed bananas must be served as soon as they are made.
Spiced Ice Cream:
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Large pinch of ground cloves
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 medium bananas, peeled
1/4 cup golden rum
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
To make the spiced ice cream:
1. In a medium bowl, break up the ice cream with a spoon, then mix in the nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Cover the ice cream and return it to the freezer. Keep the ice cream frozen until ready to serve.
To cook the bananas:
2. In a 12-inch nonstick frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Slice the bananas in half lengthwise and lay the bananas cut side down in the butter mixture. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the bananas are caramelized on the underside and the sugar mixture has melted and become golden brown.
3. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the rum. Using a long match, carefully ignite the rum. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area and away from any flammable material. Allow the flame to burn out. Turn the bananas over. Return the pan to medium heat and stir in the cream. Baste the bananas with the caramel sauce for about 1 minute.
4. Divide the bananas between two plates. Spoon some sauce over the bananas. Top each with a scoop of ice cream, and then drizzle the remaining sauce over and around the ice cream and bananas. Serve immediately.
Which shows and movies will you be watching while in the kitchen this holiday season?