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Tory McPhail is Executive Chef at New Orleans Cajun cornerstone Commander's Palace, a mainstay of "best-of" lists. He kindly loaned us their 50+-year-old recipe for Bananas Foster, a New Orleans essential, as well as his own personal tips for making the best version of this flaming dessert you've ever had. 

Tory McPhail is Executive Chef at New Orleans Cajun cornerstone Commander’s Palace, a mainstay of “best-of” lists. He kindly loaned us their 50+-year-old recipe for Bananas Foster, a New Orleans essential, as well as his own personal tips for making the best version of this flaming dessert you’ve ever had. 

Bananas Foster is a classic New Orleans dish with a bit of a showmanship quality, plus it’s a fun dessert people can do both at a restaurant and at home. It’s a really simple recipe, but it tastes great and combines classics flavor. When you think of New Orleans desserts, what do you think of? Pecan pie, bread pudding, but as far as flaming desserts go, Bananas Foster is where it’s at. 

The important thing is to reduce the caramel until it’s very thick. Don’t overcook the bananas: once they go in, try to get a little color on the cut side, roll them over, flambé, then serve immediately.