A Recipe for Banana Flashback
This recipe is taken from the soon-to-be-published book, Dreamsalad Picnic, by Jack Burton.
As written originally, the recipe calls for a gold tequila, but it works just dandy with any homemade hootch. It's from the story, "A Bad Combination."
Old Pops is a born entertainer, a psychedelic clown, and a hell of a good cook. One of his favorite old tricks from the Sixties is to turn out the lights in the kitchen and startle his often tripped-out guests with an enormous ball of flame roaring out of a pan of Banana Flashback.
Choose a bunch of those small red finger bananas, if you can find them, or use ripe (but not soft) regular grocery-store bananas.
Author's Warning and Disclaimer:
- Peel and split three large or six small bananas.
- Dissolve the sugar in the butter, in a large sauté pan. Have a lid or cover handy that will fit the pan!
3T brown sugar
A 2-inch piece of vanilla bean, split (or 1/4t vanilla extract)
- Add the split bananas to the pan and cook over a very low fire about three minutes--just until the fruit is warmed through.
- Add three or four ounces of good old tequila to the pan, and cover it for about a minute, the object being to warm--but never boil--the spirits.
- Turn out the lights and call your guests' attention to the kitchen. Have a match or lighter handy.
- Remove the lid and ignite the pan, as you step back away from the stove.
"Hey, you guys, can you give me a hand in the kitchen?"
It's a cool trick if you work it right and manage not to set yourself, a guest, or the house on fire.
- Serve the sauce and bananas over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Serves six.
Try this recipe at your own risk! It is not recommended for anyone under the age of 21, exceedingly nervous individuals, crack addicts, or anyone completely twisted out on any substance that would impair them physically or emotionally.
Have a fire extinguisher at the ready!