What is Banana Cubana????
I got the idea from a friend who has eaten a stuffed saba banana with meat. I figured ... hey ... what if I stuff a banana with the meat of arroz ala Cubana?
I experimented .... cooked the ground meat as I would for arroz ala cubana.
1 C. ground beef
1 C. ground pork
2 T. raisins, chopped
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 t. soy sauce
1 t. Knorr seasoning
1/2 t. msg
1/2 C. water
Saute the garlic and onion in oil. Add the ground meat, when it is brown already, add the rest of the ingredients. Continue cooking until the liquid evaporates. Drain.
Slit the VERY RIPE saba banana like a hot dog bun but not all the way through. Stuff with the meat.
Dip in batter and the deep-fry.
Batter ( from a magazine recipe)
1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. water
dash of salt
It was just an experiment but I loved it! Maybe next time, I can try stuffing the saba with uncooked meat but I am just afraid it will be raw on the inside while the banana is already cooked.
It tasted like empanada but instead of a doughy crust, saba was used.
Perfect for merienda with ice cold Coke!