Grilled Bananas: Not Just for Weird People

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My first thoughts when getting ready to write this post were, they’re gonna think I am weird.

But honestly, if you are just now figuring that out about me, we got us one Jim Dandy of a learning curve here.  Just about all Southerners are weird (the good ones at least).  Where else do folks call every carbonated beverage a “coke” or “co-cola” despite flavor, brand, or location? Where else are you considered unfit to drive if you forget to wave at a car going down the road (I was once forced to pull over and relinquish the wheel during a driving lesson when I didn’t wave back at someone). And where else is a delivery man considered rude if he refuses to sit down and have a glass of tea before going? This is just the tip of the iceberg but you get my point.

Now outside of the south, folks might call our weird behavior “eccentric” but everybody knows eccentric is just weirdness puttin’ on airs and Southerners don’t put on no airs. See that? Here I am a bona fide member of Sigma Tau Delta and I just used a double negative without blinking.

My Mama must be so proud!

So here we go, a weird food post. Now you know I’m not going to bring you something unless I absolutely love it. This wins bonus points with me also because it uses up food that might otherwise have gone bad or wasted and that’s another tender spot of mine.

People that come from my kind of people don’t like to waste food.

It seems like if you’ve had a single generation in your family tree that has gone without, you have an natural horror at throwing away anything that is still fit to eat. You know all those studies coming out every five minutes about how the South has the highest obesity rate? Newsflash folks, its coz we used to be hungry and we’re still a partyin’ over being able to walk into the Piggly Wiggly and leave with the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner in the middle of August.

Oh I know, I know, we could all use a little less partyin’ but today I’m showing you how not to waste fruit and even though it has some brown sugar and a bit of margarine in it, it is still a whole heap healthier than some of the things they serve in fancy restaurants so get off m’tractor and lets get cookin’!

Grilled Bananas

  • 1 Cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/2 C Margarine or butter
  • 5-6 bananas
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (optional but delicious)

With a fork, mash together brown sugar and margarine until well blended (add cinnamon if desired). Lay each banana on its side and cut a slit along the length, being careful not to go through the bottom peel. Stuff with mixture. Place on grill along with other food and cook until blackened. Serve warm with ice cream or eat on it’s own!

There are countless other ways Southerners are weird but I’m having a hard time coming up with them because—well, weirdness is so very normal to us. This is where you come in.

How are we weird? What are some of the strange things Southerners do that only make sense below the Mason Dixon Line? Don’t worry about chiming in if you are of the Northern Persuasion, we’re really good at laughing at ourselves and would love your take on us. Just remember to be gentle coz we love y’all and we hope to drag you down here and feed you one day and get you to tell us how your Mawmaw did things back in her kitchen.

Originally published on SouthernPlate

Originally published on SouthernPlate


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