I keep discovering time and time again, that sometimes, the simplest things to make are the purest and most delicious to eat. On my way to the barbecue a few weeks ago, I spied several saba bananas (my favorite type in the whole world) that were just about ripe so I looked at the grill, looked at the bananas and thought, hmmmâ€¦ I wonder ifâ€¦ I picked up one of the bananas and put them on the hot grill and roasted it for several minutes until it started to gurgle and steam. I took it off the grill, waited for it to cool a little and opened it up. The aroma of steamed banana was amongst the most intense I have ever smelled. And the taste was pure unadulterated saba. It tasted better than boiled bananas which can feel and taste watery. It was better than steamed as it really cooked in its own peel without water playing a role. And the texture and flavor were excellent. I like sabas best when fried but this grilled saba was an unexpected and surprising discovery.
Turns out I hadnâ€™t discovered anything new as folks do in fact grill whole saba in towns across the archipelago. But I didnâ€™t know that so it seemed really cool to me. Remember this if you are doing a bonfire on the beach or camp cooking in the hinterlands. No fuss, no muss and it tastes really good. For kids, cook then peel this banana and slice it in half then slip several squares of Hersheyâ€™s chocolate in it and watch it melt and disappear down their hatches in no time at allâ€¦instant chocolate fondueâ€¦yum!