This simple but delicious recipe combines smoked bananas with chocolate and crushed nuts

Finished smoked banana bites (combining smoked bananas with chocolate and crushed nuts)

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SMOKED BANANA DOUBLE BITES

If you joined us for our series on smoking banana, now it’s time to learn just what you can do with this flavorful fruit.  This recipe for Smoked Banana Double Bites makes for a perfect snack, kid loving dessert, or even a sweet party item.  Gather together the following:

Ingredients:

You’ll also need a saucepan for melting the chocolate or a microwave safe bowl, popsicle sticks or similar disposable handle for inserting in the banana segments, and a small cake spatula for spreading the chocolate.  I would also keep on hand some hot water in case the chocolate should seize or harden on you.  If that occurs, simply add 1 teaspoon of hot water at a time, mixing well, until you restore the smooth consistency.

Preparing:

It’s important that you get the other ingredients ready prior to melting the chocolate as you want to prevent the chocolate from hardening.  Take your 4 ounces of slivered almonds and add to a storage bag.  I am old school so I will crush my almonds using a canned good.  You can use a kitchen mallet or rolling pin, whatever is the easiest for you.  Be sure you just crush the almonds – don’t make almond dust or flour!  Then prepare a sheet pan with wax paper and get your popsicle or other wood stick ready for putting the Smoked Banana Double Bites together.  I named this recipe after the average bites it takes to get one of these little flavor explosions into your tummy.

Melt the Chocolate:

Once the other ingredients are at the ready and your sheet pan with wax paper is set, it’s time to melt the semi-sweet chocolate.  You can do this a couple of way.  In a double boiler which is the preferred method, in a saucepan set to a low temperature, or in a microwave.  Your choice just be sure you get a consistency that is not too thin or thick so the banana will coat easily.  I add 2 tablespoons of butter to the chocolate to produce a shiny result.  Melt until just smooth being careful not to go beyond that stage or the chocolate will harden.  If you do go too far, simply add 1 teaspoon of hot water to the mix to thin and recover it.

Assembling the Bites:

With the chocolate melted we are now ready for assembly of our Smoked Banana Double Bites!  Taking your popsicle stick or similar wooden item, insert into the center of a banana segment.  Remember, I had cut my bananas into 2-inch segments when I did the smoking process.  Now dip into the melted chocolate and begin to spread into an even layer using a small cake spatula.  Just get the top and sides coated so they can roll in the next two ingredients.  Again, if your chocolate should seize or harden on you, simply add 1 teaspoon of hot water to bring it back.

With our banana segment covered in chocolate, we are now ready for “the roll”.  First, place some crushed slivered almond on a piece of wax paper.  Then roll the chocolate covered banana into the almonds being careful not to press down.  Just allow the almonds to stick on their own.  Next, a trip to the shredded coconut.  You can put the coconut on a wax sheet as well or leave in a small container that can accommodate the size of your banana.  Let the coconut fill in all the spaces between the almonds then lay on a sheet pan covered with wax paper.  These will need to harden a bit in the refrigerator.

The Yummy, Creamy, Chocolate Finish:

So here we are.  The finale!  After taking our bananas to a smoky place using SmokinLicious® Minuto® Wood Chips for smoking, we gave them a bath in luscious dark chocolate.  Then the roll – into crushed almond and shredded coconut – 2 fantastic flavor pairings for banana.  Then off to the sheet pan covered with wax paper to set everything up in the refrigerator.  You just need about 45 minutes of setting time then it’s off to the party, or for a snack or that great dessert.  Don’t forget to put your own spin on this recipe by swapping the dark chocolate for white, the almonds for pistachio or pine nuts.  Always keep the holidays in mind too.  Use pastel dyes for the coconut or white chocolate for a great Easter dessert, green and red dyes for Christmas, and blue for Hanukah.   Make this great, simple recipe your own.  You can even do whole bananas, set them up, and then slice them over ice cream or pound cake with a hit of fresh cream.  Get your imagination going and expand on the great use of smoked banana.

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SMOKED BANANA DOUBLE BITES

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Category: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Yield: 8 servings

Bringing you new ways to use smoked foods even for dessert, with our Smoked Banana Double Bites, kissed with the flavor of SmokinLicious® Minuto® Wood Chips. With 4 simple ingredients for the perfect flavor match, this is an all season treat for adults and kids alike!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Take your 4 ounces of slivered almonds and add to a storage bag. To crush the almonds, you can use a kitchen mallet or rolling pin, whatever is the easiest for you.
  2. Then prepare a sheet pan with wax paper and get your popsicle or other wood stick ready for putting the Smoked Banana Double Bites together.
  3. To melt to chocolate you can do this a couple of ways. In a double boiler which is the preferred method, in a saucepan set to a low temperature, or in a microwave. I add 2 tablespoons of butter to the chocolate to produce a shiny result.
  4. Melt until just smooth being careful not to go beyond that stage or the chocolate will harden. If you do go too far, simply add 1 teaspoon of hot water to the mix to thin and recover it.
  5. Taking your popsicle stick or similar wooden item, insert into the center of a banana segment. Remember, I had cut my bananas into 2-inch segments when I did the smoking process.
  6. Now dip into the melted chocolate and begin to spread into an even layer using a small cake spatula. Just get the top and sides coated so they can roll in the next two ingredients.
  7. we are now ready for “the roll”. First, place some crushed slivered almond on a piece of wax paper. Then roll the chocolate covered banana into the almonds being careful not to press down. Just allow the almonds to stick on their own.
  8. Next, a trip to the shredded coconut. You can put the coconut on a wax sheet as well or leave in a small container that can accommodate the size of your banana. Let the coconut fill in all the spaces between the almonds then lay on a sheet pan covered with wax paper.
  9. You just need about 45 minutes of setting time then it’s off to the party, or for a snack or that great dessert.
  10. Don’t forget to put your own spin on this recipe by swapping the dark chocolate for white, the almonds for pistachio or pine nuts. Use pastel dyes for the coconut or white chocolate for a great Easter dessert, green and red dyes for Christmas, and blue for Hanukah. Make this great, simple recipe your own. You can even do whole bananas, set them up, and then slice them over ice cream or pound cake with a hit of fresh cream.
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A New Twist- the Techniques for Smoked Maple Syrup

A New Flavour Twist- Smoked Maple Syrup

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NOT JUST ANY MAPLE SYRUP!

The Gourmia® Mini Smoker or any hand held smoker is the perfect equipment for those who want to infuse smoke flavor into raw and cooked foods, beverages, herbs, and spices.  Using SmokinLicious® Minuto® or Piccolo® Wood Chips ensures maximum flavor infusion from a clean, 100% bark-free hardwood.  Select from 8 hardwood species and combine woods for your own customized flavoring.

We are taking a step on the intense side and preparing to smoke pure New York State maple syrup.  I am using SmokinLicious® Sugar Maple Minuto® Chips in Size 8In addition to the smoker and chips, you will need a container to hold the syrup, some plastic wrap and a lighter.  Keep in mind, this smoked syrup is not intended to be used on waffles, pancakes, or french toast due to the intense flavoring.  Get ready, for a fun, quick way to smoked maple syrup!

So simple to do, cold smoke generators let you direct the smoke just where you want.  With the maple syrup placed in a glass bottle, the tubing of the Gourmia® Mini Smoker or any hand held smoker is inserted into the bottle and then sealed with simple plastic wrap.  This ensures that all the smoke vapor produced is contained within the bottle and exposed to the syrup.  You can fill the smoke to the level you want – just a little or right up to the top, like we did.  Remove the tubing and tighten the plastic wrap or secure the bottle’s cap, and the flavor infusion begins.

Once the smoke is retained within the bottle, we gentle rotate the bottle, turning the liquid within, so that it mixes with the smoke vapor.  Remember, the more smoke in the bottle, the stronger the flavor will be as you mix it in.  You can see how the amber color of the syrup darkens as it is combined with the smoke vapor.  That’s it!

Now, you can take this smoked maple syrup and use it in place of simple syrup for cocktails, add it to marinades and sauces for a balance of flavors that are unique.  We will be using this batch in a special maple glaze for pork (see our recipe blog for our recipe and technique).

Unlock your imagination and get smoking with SmokinLicious® and Gourmia®!

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BBQ Shrimp Smoked with a Hand Held Smoker

Shrimp Smoked with a Hand Held Smoker- Gourmia® Mini Smoker- Dr Smoke

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BBQ SHRIMP- INSTANT GRATIFICATION!

 

The Gourmia® Mini Smoker is the perfect equipment for those who want to infuse smoke flavor into raw and cooked foods, beverages, herbs, and spices.  Using SmokinLicious® Minuto® or Piccolo® Wood Chips ensures maximum flavor infusion from a clean, 100% bark-free hardwood.  Select from 8 hardwood species and combine woods for your own customized flavoring.

SmokinLicious® Minuto® Wood Chips and the Gourmia® unit.

Minuto® Wood Chips and the Gourmia® unit.

We are going to show the versatility of cold smoke techniques by infusing smoke into some raw shrimp that have been marinated in BBQ sauce.  I’m using SmokinLicious® Sugar Maple Minuto® Chips in Size 8.  In addition to the smoker and chips, you will need to place your marinated shrimp in a bowl covered with plastic wrap or in a food storage bag, and a lighter. Get ready, for a fun, quick way to fabulous smoked BBQ shrimp, in an instant!

Tip-Using a bag and the smoker unit to infuse the flavor

Tip-Using a bag and the smoker unit to infuse the flavor

So simple to do, cold smoke generators let you direct the smoke just where you want.  I’ve taken my uncooked shrimp and marinated them overnight in my favorite BBQ sauce.  Any sauce will do whether homemade or store bought.  I set up my Gourmia® Mini Smoker with Size 8 Minuto® Wood chips from SmokinLicious®, inserting the smoker’s tubing directly into my marinade bag.  I seal the bag around the tubing, turn on the smoker, and light the wood chips.  As soon as I see the smoke start to the fill the bag, I turn the smoker off, pull the tubing out, and seal the bag completely.

 You can leave the smoke sealed in the bag until you are ready to cook the shrimp.  Any method of cooking will do – in the pan, baked in the oven, on the grill – whatever your pleasure!  So much flavor you will think you just smoked for hours on a traditional smoker.  Unlock your imagination and get smoking with SmokinLicious® and Gourmia®!

 

Finished product- Yum! Delicious!

Finished product- Yum! Delicious!

 

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SMOKED STRAWBERRY NAPOLEON WITH PROSECCO CREAM

Smoked Strawberry Napoleon

Smoked Strawberry Napoleon

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Take advantage of the short, fresh strawberry season by using your harvest in unique and flavorful recipes.  Up first, this take on strawberry shortcake that is in a league of its own!

INGREDIENT LIST

 Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Packaged Won-Ton wrappers
  • Frying oil (be sure to use one for high heat)
  • 1 quart of smoked strawberries smoked with Minuto® chips (reserve about 6 whole strawberries for garnish)
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ cup cold Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup cold heavy cream
  • ¼ cup cold Prosecco
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

PREPARING THE WON-TONS

Frying the Won Tons

Frying the Won Tons

In a large skillet, heat 1 cup of high heat oil.  When ready, reduce the heat to medium-high and begin adding won-ton wrappers one at a time without crowding the pan. I usually can fit about 4 at a time. This step will take you a bit to do enough wrappers to ensure you have 3 per Napoleon serving.  I like to cook the entire package of won-ton wrappers as these make excellent snacks either alone or for dipping salsa, guacamole or your favorite dip.  Plus, they make a great sweet snack when sprinkled with cinnamon/sugar or powdered sugar. When cooking the won tons, watch for a tan hue and bubbles to begin on the wrapper. Turn once and remove to a paper towel lined plate about 20 seconds after turning, as the won-ton holds a lot of heat and will continue to cook out of the pan.

 

PREPARING THE STRAWBERRY FILLING

Placed the quartered smoked strawberries in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of sugar and the vanilla; toss to coat.  Set aside until we are ready to assemble everything.

PREPARING THE PROSECCO CREAM

Preheat the oven to 375° F.  Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake until golden about 5-7 minutes.  Set aside.

Combine the mascarpone, heavy cream, the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, ground red pepper, and the prosecco in a medium bowl.  Beat with a mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.  Be sure not to over beat.  Refrigerate briefly to bind everything.

ASSEMBLING THE NAPOLEON

Assembled Smoked Strawberry Napoleon

Assembled Smoked Strawberry Napoleon

Place one cooked won-ton on a serving plate.  Top with a large dollop of Prosecco cream and then cover with smoked strawberries. Repeat this process 2 more times so you have three won-ton layers per plate.  Top with almonds and a whole smoked strawberry on top plus a little extra of your smoked strawberries.

THE ULTIMATE TREAT THAT ISN’T TOO SINFUL!

With the sweetness of the Prosecco cream, the hint of smoke in the strawberries, and that crispy crunch of the won-ton layers, this is a one of kind napoleon that you and your guests won’t soon forget.  Feel free to experiment with different cream fillings and fruits.  I like cannoli cream as well with a hint of cinnamon.  And don’t forget to take picture of your masterpiece and send along to us at SmokinLicious®.

Top with Almond Slivers for an Extra Crunch and Serve!

Top with Almond Slivers for an Extra Crunch and Serve!

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Bon Bar B Que

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Smoked Strawberry Napoleon

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Category: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Yield: 6 servings

From the SmokinLicious® kitchens and right in time for the fresh strawberry harvest, this is a one of kind napoleon that you and your guests won’t soon forget!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 cup of high heat oil. When ready, reduce the heat to medium-high and begin adding won-ton wrappers one at a time without crowding the pan. I usually can fit about 4 at a time. This step will take you a bit to do enough wrappers to ensure you have 3 per Napoleon serving.
  2. When cooking the won tons, watch for a tan hue and bubbles to begin on the wrapper. Turn once and remove to a paper towel lined plate about 20 seconds after turning, as the won-ton holds a lot of heat and will continue to cook out of the pan.
  3. Place the quartered smoked strawberries in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of sugar and the vanilla; toss to coat. Set aside until we are ready to assemble everything.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake until golden about 5-7 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Combine the mascarpone, heavy cream, the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, ground red pepper, and the prosecco in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Be sure not to over beat. Refrigerate briefly to bind everything.
  6. Place one cooked won-ton on a serving plate. Top with a large dollop of prosecco cream and then cover with smoked strawberries. Repeat this process 2 more times so you have three won-ton layers per plate.
  7. Top with almonds and a whole smoked strawberry on top plus a little extra of your smoked strawberries.
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All the supplies you need to add a smokey flavor to this wonderful fruit- strawberries

All the supplies you need to add a smokey flavor to this wonderful fruit- strawberries

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 HAND HELD SMOKING OF FRESH STRAWBERRY

Harvesting fresh strawberries is now in season so why not do something different with this fruit favorite and try your hand at smoking them!  One of the easiest methods for controlling the smoke level to a fruit is to use a hand held food smoker.

It's the time of year that you see the road side stands offering locally grown fresh strawberries.

It’s the time of year that you see the road side stands offering locally grown fresh strawberries.

Ingredients

HAND HELD FOOD SMOKER PREPAR

ATIONS:

Assemble the hand held food smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add the SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products Piccolo® Wood Chips in Size #6, #8 or #10 to the chip bowl of the unit. You will only need a Tablespoon or two on hand.  Be sure to select a wood flavor that will not overpower the strawberry.  My choice is Alder.

PREPARING THE STRAWBERRIES

Gently wash the strawberries and trim the stem head. You may smoke the strawberries whole or in cut pieces, your choice.  Pat dry and lay them out on the sheet pan.

Wrapping the Strawberries

Wrapping the Strawberries

SETTING UP FOR SMOKING

Once the strawberries are on the sheet pan, take a food storag

e bag or plastic wrap and secure around the sheet pan holding the strawberries.  Leave the end of the bag open or one corner of the plastic wrap open on the pan.  Position the smoking tube of the hand held food smoker under the plastic wrap or in the bag and then seal around the tube.

SETTING UP THE SMOKER IN THE BAG

SETTING UP THE SMOKER IN THE BAG

SMOKING PROCESS

Turn on the hand held food smoker and light the chips.  Immediately, you will see smoke being produced inside the plastic wrap or bag.  Decide how much smoke vapor you want in the bag – though I prefer to fill it right up.  Turn off the hand held food smoker and remove the tube. Then seal the bag with a cable tie or twist tie or secure the plastic wrap to the sheet pan.

I like to wait until I see most of the smoke vapor dissipate from the bag before opening.  Once the smoke infusion is finished, you can begin to use the smoked strawberries in any recipe that calls for this fabulous fruit.  Be sure to check out our recipe postings to give you inspiration including the Smoked Strawberry Napoleon with Prosecco Cream.

Bon-Bar-B-Q!

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Smoked Strawberries with Hand Held Smoker

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Category: Dessert, Cocktail

Cuisine: American

Yield: 6-10 servings

Give your favorite strawberry dessert a smoky twist with our easy smoking technique from SmokinLicious®

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Assemble the hand held food smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add the SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products Piccolo® Wood Chips in Size #6, #8 or #10 to the chip bowl of the unit. You will only need a Tablespoon or two on hand. Be sure to select a wood flavor that will not overpower the strawberry. My choice is Alder.
  2. Gently wash the strawberries and trim the stem head. You may smoke the strawberries whole or in cut pieces, your choice. Pat dry and lay them out on the sheet pan.
  3. Take a food storage bag or plastic wrap and secure around the sheet pan holding the strawberries. Leave the end of the bag open or one corner of the plastic wrap open on the pan. Position the smoking tube of the hand held food smoker under the plastic wrap or in the bag and then seal around the tube.
  4. Turn on the hand held food smoker and light the chips. Immediately, you will see smoke being produced inside the plastic wrap or bag. Decide how much smoke vapor you want in the bag – though I prefer to fill it right up.
  5. Turn off the hand held food smoker and remove the tube. Then seal the bag with a cable tie or twist tie or secure the plastic wrap to the sheet pan.
  6. I like to wait until I see most of the smoke vapor dissipate from the bag before opening. Once the smoke infusion is finished, you can begin to use the smoked strawberries in any recipe that calls for this fabulous fruit.
  7. Be sure to check out our recipe postings to give you inspiration including the Smoked Strawberry Napoleon with Prosecco Cream.
https://smokinlicious.com/recipe/2016/06/27/smoked-strawberries-with-hand-held-smoker/

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The finished product after a brief smoking! Add sugar maple smoking wood to provide the sweetness inside of sugar.

The finished product after a brief smoking! Add sugar maple smoking wood to provide the sweetness inside of sugar.

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