The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Food

March 28, 2012

Bananas

TARBORO — I love bananas. They are good for you but I love them for the taste not the health benefits. Also, almost everyone I know loves bacon. How could you not? So, combining bacon and bananas just seems like a natural to me. I was right. They are great together! I really hope you try some of these recipes. They are easy but so delicious. Each one has either bacon, bananas or both.

The first one recipe is a bacon and banana appetizer. It’s bacon wrapped bananas and it’s great. It’s also easy. You will have to buy the Hawaiian teriyaki but it’s not too hard to find and it will be worth it.

The second recipe needs a mini-muffin pan. You can use a regular muffin pan but don’t fill it completely. These are also about the same ingredients that I use in my tomato pie. So, you could use a regular frozen pie shell and bake this as a pie.

The third recipe is bacon-parmesan appetizers.  They are easy and delicious. I use Duke’s mayo because I don’t want this to be sweet. It’s up to personal taste. If you use most of the other brands of mayo, it will have a sweet flavor.

The fourth dish is pretty weird. It’s bacon and banana cookies. If you have bacon and bananas, you will have the other ingredients on hand already. Even as odd as it sounds to make cookies with bacon and bananas, it’s actually very good. Give it a try.

Banana - Bacon Appetizers

1/3 cup Hawaiian teriyaki sauce

1 tbsp. honey

2 or 3 bananas

About 10 slices bacon, cut in half

Combine teriyaki sauce and honey. Cut peeled bananas in 1 inch pieces and marinate in sauce, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Drain, reserving marinade, and wrap each banana in 1/2 slice bacon. Fasten with toothpick.

Lay on rack in shallow baking pan and brush with marinade. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat, turning to cook bacon on all sides, about 10 minutes.

Makes about 20 appetizers.

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