With nearly 1,200 posts in the archives, it comes as a surprise that I have never featured one of my favorite desserts, EVER â€“ fried saba bananas!!! I was having some for dessert last night, as I do one or twice every single month, and I realized that I had never done a post on them. Forget the post backlog, squeeze in the fried bananas, for goodness sakes! There is just something so incredibly comforting about sinking oneâ€™s teeth into perfectly fried saba bananas. Folks have their personal preferencesâ€¦ some like them super hot, with melted butter and sugar on top. Others like them quite ripe, and therefore rather soft when they have been fried. Yet others like them sliced thinner, while some like them thick and meaty. Some actually like them cold or at room temperature, when they kind of look a bit gross to meâ€¦
My ideal fried bananas are these â€“ start with just under peak ripeness saba bananas of medium size. Slice them into about 4 pieces so they are not too thin, not too thick. Heat up some FRESH vegetable oil and when it is quite hot, slip the bananas into the fat. Cook until a nice golden color, watch carefully or they will overcook. Remove from fat and drain on paper towels. There should be somewhat crisp edges with that characteristic caramelized sugar flavor, but a medium firm texture to the flesh. I usually have them with just a sprinkle of sugar on top, sometimes eating them with my fingers, but other times with a knife and fork. If the latter, I â€œwipeâ€ the banana across a portion of the plate to get more sugar grains. Last night we happened to have some leftover dulce de leche from a meal several days ago and I tried some with the fried bananasâ€¦it was very goodâ€¦sort of like naked turon with sauce. But I still think my favorite variation is just a sprinkle of sugar. Others like this drizzled with butterscotch, some rum, or even condensed milk… whatever floats your boat, I guess. If I had to choose the food items in my last supper, it would almost certainly include a plate of fried bananasâ€¦ How do you like your fried bananas???