Banana Corn Fritters

Banana Corn Fritters
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Savory, smoky and slightly sweet, these are great with roast pork loin, a hearty bowl of black bean soup or barbecued chicken legs and coleslaw. Dotted with creme fraiche, they make an exotic appetizer.

From EatingWell: February/March 2006
Yield: 5 servings, 2 cakes each
Active Time: 20
Total Time: 30

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile, (see Ingredient note) or cayenne pepper
  7. 1 1/4 cups roughly mashed bananas, (about 3 medium)
  8. 1 large egg
  9. 2 tablespoons milk, or buttermilk
  10. 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and chipotle (or cayenne) in a medium bowl. Mix banana, egg and milk (or buttermilk) in another medium bowl. Add the cornmeal mixture to the banana mixture and stir until just incorporated.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; using 2 tablespoons of batter for each, space 5 fritters evenly in the pan. Cook until golden brown, 30 seconds to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Cook a second batch with the remaining oil and batter, adjusting heat to prevent burning.
  4. Transfer the fritters to the oven and bake until puffed and firm to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Reheat at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Ingredient Note: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeno peppers, often used to add heat and a smoky flavor to foods. Ground chipotle can be found in the specialty-spice section of most supermarkets.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 243 calories; 8 g fat (1 g sat, 4 g mono); 43 mg cholesterol; 41 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 326 mg sodium; 286 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (16% daily value).

Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 1/2 starch