7 Banana Recipes
Your favorite snack brings sweet tropical flavor to sauces, side dishes, and, of course, dessert.
Grown in the tropics year-round, bananas never go out of season—but they aren't going to waste, either: Americans eat more of them than any other fruit. So we got inspired by your No. 1 snack, and transformed it in these recipes, using it in classics—see our take on the ultimate smoothie—as well as in curveball ways: bananas + lime + a few more tasty ingredients = a sensational zesty salsa to serve with seafood.
We've included everything you need to know about the fun fruit, from how to slow down (or speed up!) ripening to why the inner peel is priceless to your Pradas. Consider this your complete banana guide.
Browning the butter adds a rich, nutty flavor to the sauce, but it's tricky to see in a dark, coated skillet. Use a stainless steel skillet to make sure the butter reaches a golden-brown hue without burning.
These cupcakes will have a richer flavor if you toast the nuts before baking. Spread them in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan, and bake at 350° for 5 to 8 minutes. Check frequently, because they burn easily.
Recipe: Tropical Banana Cupcakes