Lime juice and fresh lime zest add flavorful tang to the buttery-rum richness of this recipe. Grilling the bananas gives them a little bit of a smoky quality that is just right – not too overpowering. Our bananas were probably a little more ripe than they should have been, so we had a little trouble with breakage on the grill. To avoid that problem, choose bananas that are yellow, but still show some green near the stems.
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- The grated zest of 1 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 4 – 6 bananas, ripe but firm, peeled and halved crosswise
- Combine the butter, rum, brown sugar, lime juice and zest, and allspice in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over moderate heat.
- Toss the bananas in the butter mixture to coat well and grill directly over hot coals for 4 to 5 minutes, turning 2 or 3 times. Return the bananas to the butter mixture and serve immediately.