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 crème fraîche, they make an exotic appetizer.
Make Ahead Tip: Reheat at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes.
- 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili (see Ingredient note) or cayenne pepper
- 1 1/4 cups roughly mashed bananas (about 3 medium)
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons milk or buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- Ingredient Note: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño 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.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Whisk the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and chipotle (or cayenne) in a medium bowl. Mix the banana, egg and milk (or buttermilk) in another medium bowl. Add the cornmeal mixture to the banana mixture and stir until just incorporated.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce the 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 the heat to prevent burning.
Transfer the fritters to the oven and bake until puffed and firm to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
243 calories; 8g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 43mg cholesterol; 326mg sodium; 41g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 5g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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