You have to be open-minded to see a recipe made from banana peels and think, “I want to try that!”
That was me, 1 week ago. Google provided me with a recipe captioned “In case you missed this”. Pulled “pork” made from banana peels? Yeah, I missed that one!
This wasn’t the first time I’ve heard of consuming banana peels. Years ago, someone by the name of Darnell mentioned to me making a banana bread with the entire banana.
But this, I felt compelled to try for these reasons:
- Eliminating food waste
- Banana peels are a unique yet easily accessible ingredient
- The recipe was SUPER EASY
I watched two YouTube videos of this being made and in both videos, the tasters were told what the ingredient was AFTER they already ate it. So, I did that with my family, too!
Perhaps it wasn’t a complete surprise because I told my son about the recipe when I found out about it. But, he didn’t remember.
I said, “It’s a mystery veggie meat!” And he said ooooh!
So he ate it, along with two others. No one guessed what was in it and when I told them, they were like “what?!”
The consensus at the dinner table was this: they couldn’t tell it was made from banana peel and, they liked it!
I did too! I wanted more! I used 6 banana peels.
So let me tell you some thoughts I came across as I prepared this dish:
- The bananas were more ripe then the recipe recommended and that was okay.
- 6 bananas are not enough for 4 servings.
- Banana peels hold seasonings really well.
- My phone battery died when it was time to season it so I didn’t use the recipe. The spices I used were smoked paprika, regular paprika, onion powder, and pink salt.
- Sauteed onions ago really well with the mix.
Lastly, it doesn’t taste like bananas. The texture cooks well, thanks to the water/steam action. A few squirts of sweet BBQ sauce brings it together without overpowering the dish.
I absolutely recommend everyone try this! It’s really unique, easy, and even cool.