Bananas in all forms—green, yellow, plantains—are eaten throughout Africa, both as a savory side dish and for dessert. Here, bananas play the starring role in a simple, crispy fritter that makes a great dessert or sweet snack. The batter is runny, so the fritters will be varied in size and shape.–Marcus Samuelsson
Banana Fritters Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 30 M
- Makes 12 fritters
- 3 ripe bananas
- 5 cups fine cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 3 to 4 cups canola oil, for deep-frying
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1. Combine the bananas, cornmeal, sugar, and salt in a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth.
- 2. Heat 2 1/2 inches of oil in a deep pot to 350°F (175°C). Working in batches, add the banana mixture, a heaping tablespoon at a time, and fry until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking. Remove from the oil with a skimmer or slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- 3. Before serving, drizzle with the honey.
Banana Fritters Recipe © 2006 Marcus Samuelsson. Photo © 2006 Gediyon Kifle. All rights reserved.