The Frozen Elvis
I’m assuming that I have at least a few Arrested Development fans reading.
The whole time I was making these guys, I was replaying this scene (Hulu w/ sound) in my mind:
George: You what?
Michael: Burned it right down to the ground.
George: Are you crazy? There was money in that banana stand.
Michael: Well, it’s all gone now dad, and it was my decision. So next time you want to have a little power struggle, remember that you’re playing with fire.
George: There was two hundred and fifty thousand dollars lining the walls of the banana stand.
George: Cash, Michael.
Michael: Why didn’t you tell me that?
George: How much clearer can I say, there’s always MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND!
Seriously though, after having one of these for dessert one night, I can see how there is definitely money in a frozen banana stand. These were completely delicious.
1) Peel and cut bananas in half and insert popsicle sticks.
2) Lay bananas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for an hour.
3) Cook bacon until crispy and drain. Chop with peanuts. Set aside.
4) Melt chocolate and cream together in a double boiler or in the microwave if you’re careful.
5) Make a bed of toppings on the baking sheet where you’ll place the bananas.
6) Dip frozen bananas in chocolate and lay on topping bed.
7) Sprinkle with more toppings and freeze for another 30 minutes.
8) Serve whenever the mood strikes you!
The Elvis, Frozen
There’s a pretty classic sandwich that I guess Elvis always ate which was banana, peanut butter, and bacon on toast. This genius take on it is from Matt Armendariz’s new book, On a Stick! I met Matt at SXSW this year. We were on a panel together.
He’s written a totally fun appetizer book. There’s around 80 awesome recipes in it, all of them involving things on sticks!
This frozen version of the classic sandwich makes it much easier to, well, put on a stick.
Start by cutting all your bananas in half and sticking a few popsicle sticks in them. Lay them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and let them freeze for about an hour.
Incorporating the peanuts and bacon as a topping is pretty genius.
The key is to make sure your bacon is cooked very crispy. I do this by cooking it on a medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes. This way the bacon won’t burn, but the fat will slowly melt out leaving the bacon very crispy.
Let the bacon drain for a few minutes with some paper towels to absorb the oil and then chop it up roughly with some peanuts.
As an aside, this would be an amazing topping for an ice cream sundae.
So obviously bacon and peanuts won’t just magically stick to a frozen banana, so we’ll need some help.
Nothing like chocolate to do the trick. Just add your chocolate and cream (or milk) to a mixing bowl over some boiling water. Stir it until it’s melted.
You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave if you’re careful. Just be sure to not over-zap it or you’ll scorch it.
Making the Desserts
It should be pretty obvious what you do at this point. Just take your frozen bananas out of the freezer (they might not be entirely frozen which is fine) and give them a dip in the chocolate. Use a spoon to make sure they are covered completely.
THE TRICK that I learned only after failing at one is that you need to lay down a bed of toppings to set the choco-banana on after it comes out of the bowl.
If you lay the banana right back on your cold baking sheet, the chocolate will freeze to the baking sheet and when you pull it off later you’ll leave a layer of chocolate on the sheet and only have a half-coated banana. NO GOOD.
But if you do a bed of toppings, like this, then you can set the banana on that and it’ll stay slightly raised off the sheet.
Don’t forget to sprinkle toppings all around the bananas so they are evenly coated.
Freeze these a second time for at least 30 minutes and then you can chomp into them!
Not only are these super-fun to make and eat, they also happen to be very good.
You know what’s shocking about these is that they aren’t actually that bad for you. Half a banana, a relatively small amount of chocolate, plus a tiny amount of bacon and peanuts?
I’d guess this is better for you than an ice cream sundae and I found it to be just as satisfying. The banana kind of melts as you eat it and is nice and creamy.
And the salty sweet thing is right up my alley.
How good do these look? Leave a comment if you’re an Elvis fan (sandwich or singer).