Waffle House Inc. operates a chain of about 1,400 Waffle House Restaurants located in 25 states. The restaurants, which are either company-owned or franchised, pride themselves on serving good food fast, at a reasonable price, in a diner atmosphere 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The menu includes everything from waffles and eggs to steaks and salads. Waffle House, according to information released in 1995 for the company's 40th anniversary, began as the dream of two neighbors, Joe Rogers, Sr., and Tom Forkner, who envisioned a company dedicated to both its customers and employees. The partners wanted to create a place where friends and neighbors could get together to enjoy good food served with a friendly smile. On Labor Day in 1955 they opened the first Waffle House restaurant in Avondale Estates, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. The first Waffle House restaurant was a smash, and the owners soon opened other Waffle House eateries throughout Georgia.
Bananas Foster Waffles
BANANAS FOSTER WAFFLES
Wild Eggs Restaurant Copycat Recipe
Makes 6 servings
1 tablespoon butter
1 fresh banana, sliced
4 ounces Bananas Foster Sauce (recipe below)
1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream
Bananas Foster Sauce:
1 pound whole butter
3 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup light Karo syrup
salt, to taste
4 ounces dark rum
4 ounces banana liqueur
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
To make Waffles: Bake waffle using your favorite recipe in waffle iron (you can substitute frozen waffles if you do not own a waffle iron).
While waffle is baking, add butter to small saute pan or non stick skillet and melt over medium heat. Add sliced banana to pan and gently stir to coat all slices in butter. Increase heat to medium-high and saute banana until lightly caramelized on all sides, a minute or two. Be careful not to overcook banana slices, or they will become mushy and dissolve in sauce. Add Bananas Foster Sauce to pan and stir to incorporate. Bring all ingredients to a simmer and cook for a minute or so. Remove from stove and reserve.
When all ingredients are ready; place hot waffle onto center of plate. Place vanilla ice cream on top of center of waffle. Pour finished bananas foster sauce over top of ice cream and waffle. Garnish finished plate with a light dusting of powdered sugar and cinnamon.
To make Bananas Foster Sauce: Cut whole butter into 1 inch cubes. Place cubed butter into 2 quart sauce pot and melt over low heat. Stir frequently to avoid burning butter. Add the brown sugar to the pot and whisk thoroughly to dissolve. Bring the butter and sugar mixture to a simmer. Adjust heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add Karo syrup and salt, whisking to incorporate all ingredients. Return ingredients to a simmer. Remove from heat; carefully add banana liquor and dark rum. Whisk to incorporate.
Kitchen Notes: Do not add alcohol to pot directly over open flame. Doing so can cause alcohol to prematurely ignite and cause severe burns. With pot off direct heat, carefully ignite liquors to remove excess alcohol. Allow to burn a minute or so until flame starts to die down. Extinguish flame using pot lid.
Remove lid, add cinnamon and nutmeg; whisk to incorporate all ingredients. Return liquid to simmer and cook for 1 minute. Carefully remove finished sauce from stove and reserve. When sauce is finished, you may use immediately or cool and reserve in refrigerator for future use. Sauce will hold for 3-4 weeks under refrigeration.