Popular enough to have had a song about its availability sung in its honor, the humble banana is one of America's most renowned fruits.
More importantly—in the South at least—it forms the foundation for two classic foods: a pudding bearing its name, and a fried-with-peanut-butter sandwich said to have been favored by a legendary singing star. With a legacy like this, bananas must be incredible, and they are. Restaurants in New Orleans have built entire dessert menus around this fruit, while once divided in half they form the basis for some bountiful ice-cream creations. Here at Southern Living we love bananas for Banana-Nut Bread, Banana Pudding Cheesecake, and Banana Coconut Ice Cream.
And that is just for starters. We’re also partial to this fruit for Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie, and Bananas Foster Upside-Down Cake. If you're still not certain about these, then Buttered Rum Pound Cake with Bananas Foster Sauce will probably push you over the edge—and the Buttered Rum Glaze may even taste like it will push you over the limit. Some Grilled Banana Splits will get you right back on track, Southern style.