I had a couple of pie shells that I had to use today so I decided to make pies – I had bananas and coconut, so banana and coconut cream pies were the obvious choices. The recipe for the custard on the pie is the same, I just doubled it and used half over bananas and half mixed with coconut. The pies were simply delicious. I used the egg whites to make a meringue topping – just so I I could do something with them – but you can serve the pie with whipped cream instead. Unfortunately I don’t have a broiler in my oven, so it didn’t come out as well as it could. The pie itself was delicious, however.
- 1 9″ pie shell
- 3 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 large bananas, sliced OR 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- whipped cream
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 3 Tbsp sugar
Bake the pie shell according to instructions or your recipe. Let cool.
Preheat oven to 350F
Beat egg yolks in a small bowl and set aside.
Place sugar, flour and salt in a medium sauce pan and place on the stove over medium heat. Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, lower the temperature and cook for two minutes. Scoop a ladle of custard from the sauce pan and transfer to the bowl with the egg yolks. Mix well. Pour egg yolk mixture back into the sauce pan, mix and cook for two more minutes. Mix in the butter and vanilla extract, stirring until they are incorporated.
If making a banana cream pie, place the banana slices on the bottom of the pie shell, then pour custard over it.
If making a coconut pie, stir the coconut into the custard.
Pour the custard into the pie shell. Bake for 12′. Cool and then transfer to the refrigerator for an hour.
If making the meringue, using the whisk attachment in an electric mixer, beat together the egg whites and cream and tartar until it becomes foamy. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until it forms stiff peaks. Spoon meringue onto the cooled pie and put under the broiler for 3-4 minutes.
Adapted from Rudy Pfeffer’s recipe at Allrecipes.com
I wanted to make mushroom soup for my 2012 Christmas Eve dinner. Mika wanted butternut squash soup. I figured I’d compromise and find something else. For some reason I was set on having a savory fruit-based soup, so when I came across this recipe I felt I had found gold. It got amazing reviews, and I’d had great luck with other recipes from Emeril.
As things turned out, I was not too happy with the soup. I felt it tasted mostly of chicken broth, with only hints of coconut and none of plantains. If I was going to serve it, I felt I had to fix it – so I ended up adding the rest of the coconut milk from the can as well as 3 bananas and some nutmeg. The results were much tastier than before, and Mika was pleased.
I don’t eat shrimp myself, but according to my guests and my husband, the shrimp salad was delicious – both by itself and when combined with the soup. This is high praise coming from my husband, as he doesn’t like either tomatoes or avocados!
Plantain and Coconut Soup
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/3 cup small diced salt pork
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 1 small celery rib, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 4 tsp. curry powder
- 4 large yellow plantains with slightly green tips and some black spots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 quarts chicken stock
- 1 can coconut milk
- 3 small bananas, coarsely chopped
- salt & black pepper to taste
- pinch of nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp. lime juice
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
Heat a soup pot over medium heat and add the oil. When hot, add the salt pork and cook until crispy, about 6 minutes. Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and curry powder and saute for 30 seconds. Add the plantains and the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the plantains are soft, about 45 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add the coconut milk and bananas. Puree the soup, either using an immersion blender (easiest) or in batches, in a regular blender. Return to the pot, taste and adjust seasoning.
Just before serving, reheat the soup and add the lime juice.
Place the sour cream in a small serving bowl and sprinkle the cilantro on top of it. Serve the soup with the salad (recipe below) and sour cream on the side. Before eating, combine the three elements.
Shrimp, Tomato and Avocado Salad
- 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and diced
- 1 tsp. creole seasoning
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 2 tsp. chopped garlic
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup diced avocado
- 1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. salt
Season the shrimp with the creole seasoning and set aside.
Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add butter and melt. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, avocado and cilantro and mix. Turn heat to very low. Season with salt and continue cooking until the shrimp is completely cooked through.