Sometimes you find yourself drawing inspirations from all over to come up with new ideas for recipes. This banana fosters egg roll idea came from having dinner with my girlfriend. This Thai spot had some great food! She was adamant about me having my first Thai food experience so like a good boyfriend I took her up on her offer.
Dinner was great we had sake shots, appetizers and two different entrées. I’m the type of man who believes in finishing a great dinner with dessert. Who doesn’t like a nice sweet treat, right? They offered a dish that consisted of fried bananas and ice cream. Being the foodie that I am I was curious to how they were going to fry the bananas for presentation. There is only one way to cure curiosity and that’s to go for it. We placed the order and the dish came out and I was less than impressed but fully inspired.
The dish was literally sliced bananas in a won ton and fried. There was no added sugar and maybe Thai cinnamon or vanilla; just no real love like the rest of my food experience. I mentioned that this would be great if it was like a banana fosters in an egg roll.
Well I left that idea at the dinner table and did nothing with it for about 2 months until my girlfriend asked me if I ever made that dish I was talking about. The recipe is down below.
When you’re creating recipes, you have a general idea in your head of the finish product but it’s really in the execution of it all that makes your vision complete. I jumped in the kitchen and whipped up the recipe and had a pretty picture at the end but the recipe I never had intention on sharing. Simply because I just tossed a few ingredients together then fried it, so southern of me. However, I did think the recipe could use some tweaking.
Well, let me tell you sometimes you post on social media and get feedback you weren’t expecting. 98 percent of my post is food to give people a hunger trap. When you do that people will like it and say “OMG or WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TOO ME or I NEED SOME OF THAT RIGHT NOW.” Then occasionally you’ll get the “RECIPE, PLEASE” comments. Well these egg rolls had the latter experience and I decided I would share it with the world.
The key to making bananas fosters lies in the sauce. The sauce is what makes this dish memorable. You set it on fire to burn off the alcohol, throw in some cinnamon, finish with some ice cream and you have a winning dish in your belly.
I have to make sure that when I bit into these egg rolls my mind says bananas foster and not just bananas in egg rolls. The secret is creating the sauce that has brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, spiced rum, banana liqueur and tossing the bananas in it. Make sure to drain some of the sauce before rolling the egg rolls. You do this because you don’t want your egg rolls to explode while frying. Anytime you do any type of egg roll you want some type of moisture in the dish but not a lot of liquid. The moisture helps with the texture of the dish, which lends to a great mouth feel with the added crunch from the fried egg roll.
Just make sure that you don’t over stuff the egg rolls or they may explode from frying or will not fry all the way through. This is a fast and easy recipe to enjoy year around and the sauce is super easy because you’re just mixing powder sugar with the left-over bananas foster sauce. I hope you enjoy!