I love fries. French fries, curly fries, boardwalk fries, pizza fries, mega fries, and sweet potato fries. Now I have a new set of fries on my foodie radar: Banana Fries. Yes, this is just as you'd expect, French fried slices of bananas.
This recipe I found on allrecipes.com by Victoria M.H. When I tried it, I modified the recipe a little bit to fit my taste. This recipe calls for green, unripen bananas. These were chosen because they do not have the full banana flavor found in yellow bananas. I have tried this with yellow bananas and they come out more sweet than savory. As such, I tend to eat them like a dessert or sweet snack.
5 small unripen bananas
1 quart of olive oil
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
salt to taste
Peel bananas like you would cut the skin away from a cucumber. Check out the How to Peel Green Bananas after the recipe if you need a visual.
Vertically slice the bananas into thin wedges or shoe string fry size.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F. If you don't have a deep fryer, heat oil over medium high heat in a deep welled, cast iron skillet (gives a better fry).
Place bananas slices into the hot oil and fry until golden brown. This should take between five to seven minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and chili powder.
Remove from oil and place on paper towels and pat with paper towels to soak up the excess oil.
Place fries in a medium-sized mixing bowl. sprinkle seasoning mixture over fries and toss in bowl to ensure seasoning cover fries. If you need to add salt, add to suit your taste.