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My husband became inspired to cook us up wonderful Cajun-inspired meal for Fat Tuesday after finding out that not everyone in our current area (Indianapolis) knows what a paczki is.  I will explain what a packzi (poon-chki) is for those of you who are not from South Bend, IN.  A paczki is a wonderful fried donut filed with either cream, chocolate or a fruit filling. We have a real passion for Cajun cooking and whenever we get a craving for it here in Indianapolis we head over to Yat’s in Broad Ripple where we can get our favorites (spinach mushroom etouffee and chili cheese etouffee).  Tonight Nick made red beans and rice, andouille sausage, beignets and bananas foster.  Here is the recipe-

John's Bananas Foster Recipe

Bananas Foster Recipe Courtesy Southern Living

  • 4 medium sized ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of banana liqueur
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • Vanilla Ice Cream


Cut bananas in half crosswise; cut each half in half lengthwise. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.

Add bananas to skillet, and remove from heat. Stir in liqueur and rum, and carefully ignite the fumes just above mixture with a long match or long multipurpose lighter. Let flames die down.

Return skillet to heat, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until bananas are soft and curl slightly. Remove from heat. Serve banana mixture immediately over vanilla ice cream.


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