Caramelized Bananas

Craving something sweet and easy to make? Caramelized bananas on the Blackstone griddle is the perfect simple dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. This recipe uses basic ingredients and a Blackstone griddle, making it an ideal treat for any occasion.

To get started, you’ll need bananas, butter, brown sugar, and a touch of cinnamon. Cooking these on the Blackstone griddle ensures even caramelization, giving you perfectly golden bananas every time. The griddle’s large surface lets you cook multiple batches quickly, perfect for feeding a crowd or enjoying a quiet moment alone.

Imagine biting into warm, sweet bananas with a hint of caramel and spice. Pair them with ice cream or pancakes, and you’ve got a delightful, crowd-pleasing dessert. Your Blackstone griddle isn’t just for savory dishes; it’s the ultimate tool for creating unforgettable sweet treats.

Preparing Your Ingredients and Tools

Ripe bananas, butter, brown sugar, and a griddle sit ready for caramelizing

Before making caramelized bananas on your Blackstone griddle, it’s essential to get all your ingredients and tools ready. This ensures a smooth cooking process and optimal flavor.

Selecting and Slicing the Bananas

Choose ripe but firm bananas. These will hold up well during cooking and provide the best flavor. Avoid overly ripe bananas as they can become too mushy.

  • Peel the bananas carefully to avoid bruising.
  • Slice them into 1/4-inch thick slices. This size helps to caramelize evenly.
  • You can slice diagonally for a more substantial surface area.

Assembling Additional Ingredients

You’ll need a few other key ingredients to create a rich caramel flavor.

  • Butter: Melted butter helps in caramelizing the bananas.
  • Brown Sugar: Gives a deep, molasses flavor.
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg: Add a warm, spicy touch.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances sweetness.

Consider using a small bowl to mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together for even distribution.

Gathering Your Griddle Tools

Having the right tools ready is crucial for an efficient cooking process.

  • Blackstone griddle: Preheat to medium-high heat for even cooking.
  • Spatula and Tongs: Essential for flipping and removing the bananas.
  • Aluminum foil or basting cover: Helps in maintaining heat distribution and caramelization.
  • Skillet: Alternatively, you can use it on the griddle for better control.

Ensure all tools are clean and dry to avoid sticking and uneven cooking.

By preparing your ingredients and tools properly, you can achieve perfectly caramelized bananas with a delicious flavor every time.

Cooking and Serving

To make caramelized bananas on a Blackstone griddle, you need to properly caramelize the bananas and then serve them in delicious ways. This ensures the best flavor and presentation.

Caramelizing the Bananas

First, preheat your Blackstone griddle to medium heat. Apply a thin layer of cooking spray or a small amount of butter to the griddle surface. Slice bananas lengthwise and place them in a single layer on the griddle.

Cook the bananas for 2-3 minutes on each side until they become golden brown and caramelized. You can drizzle a bit of maple syrup or sprinkle some brown sugar over the bananas to enhance the sweetness and flavor. Use a spatula to carefully flip the bananas halfway through the cooking process.

Once the bananas are caramelized, remove them from the griddle immediately to prevent overcooking.

Serving Suggestions

Caramelized bananas can be served in various ways. For a delicious dessert, pair them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. You can also use them as a topping for crepes, pancakes, or waffles, adding a drizzle of syrup for extra flavor.

For a healthier option, serve the caramelized bananas with yogurt and a sprinkle of granola. They also make a tasty addition to cakes or pies. You can even place them on a piece of toast with a spread of butter for a quick and delightful treat.

Experiment with different combinations to find your favorite way to enjoy these sweet, caramelized delights.

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