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Grilled Banana Parfait With Rum Sauce


4 ripe bananas, sliced lengthwise with peel still attached

10 large strawberries, thinly sliced (optional)

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon brown sugar, for bananas

1 to 1 1/2 cups mini vanilla wafers

1 pint vanilla ice cream or gelato (for larger portions, go with more ice cream)

Rum Sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup rum


1. Split the bananas lengthwise with the peels on. Sprinkle exposed banana with cinnamon and brown sugar.

2. Grill on direct heat until char marks form on both sides. While grilling the bananas, put the butter, remaining brown sugar and rum in a grill-friendly pot or small aluminum pan.

3. Put the pot on indirect heat (not above the coals) and let the butter, rum and sugar mixture come to a slow boil and begin to caramelize (this will only take a few minutes). You can also make the rum mixture on the stove.

4. Remove the bananas and rum sauce from the grill. Remove the bananas from their peel and slice. In a wine or martini glass, layer ice cream, vanilla wafers, banana and strawberries until filled to a little under the top of the glass.

5. Pour rum sauce over top. The bananas combined with the vanilla wafers, strawberries and rum sauce make for a perfect, crunchy bite.

Serves 4

Recipe courtesy of Grill Grrrl


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