Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fruit Recipe ~ Fried Green Bananas

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One thing I have always refused to do, is cook anything that hubby's mom or grandmother made while he was a kid.  His family is from Puerto Rico, I'm Chinese-American...I have ZERO concept of how to cook any of his childhood favorites.  A couple years ago my mother in law had some fried green bananas out on the counter, and hubby of course dived right in.  His mom quickly told me how she made them.  This is the ONE childhood favorite that I can make with some decent proficiency.  When bananas are green, they are not as sweet, and when fried up this way, have more of a 'doughy' texture to them.  The flavor is very mellow with a hint of sweet and tang, and oh so yummy.


Shortening or high temperature cooking oil
Green bananas


Heat shortening or cooking oil to medium high.  Slice bananas into roughly 1 inch round cylinders and remove skin.  Carefully place in oil and fry until golden brown, then flip to brown other side.  Remove cooked banana slice from oil, and smash down with fork (add a tiny pinch of salt if you want) then return to oil and fry again until golden brown on one side, then flip again.  Place on paper towel to drain off excess oil.  Let cool briefly so you don't burn your tongue, and enjoy!  I added a small dollop of peanut butter to a few of mine for some extra yum!