Did you know that banana peels are considered delicious treats on some parts of the world? Yes, that’s right! During the last days we found that the biggest risk a banana peel poses might indeed be simply slipping on it. This recipe will let you drop everything you thought you knew about the potential of stuff we grew accustomed to throwing away. Added benefits of today’s exotic treat are all the ‘good stuff’ banana skins have to offer for your body. To celebrate this, we developed a pulled banana peel burger with heavenly balsamic caramelised onions. Finger licking good!
For the pulled banana:
- Peels of 4 medium organic bananas*
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- A few splashes of water
- 4 tablespoons BBQ sauce**
- Salt to taste
For the caramelised onions:
- 2 yellow onions, sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic
- Pinch of salt
+ Rocket (optional)
+ Pickles (optional)
- Prepare the pulled banana peels:
– Wash the bananas thoroughly.*
– Slice the top and bottom of the bananas and remove the peels. Save the inside of the banana for a good smoothie, now we put our focus on the peels.
– Scrape the white part of the peel’s inside with a spoon. Shred the peels with a fork and cut them into 5 cm-long pieces.
– Transfer to a bowl and add olive oil, smoked paprika powder, chilli, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, salt and BBQ sauce. Mix well and set aside to marinate while you prepare the caramelised onions.
- Make the caramelised onions:
– Heat olive oil to medium temperature, add onion slices, cook until translucent (~8-10 min) & stir occasionally.
– Add the balsamic vinegar, honey, and salt. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
– Transfer to a serving dish for burger assembly.
- Pull the banana peels:
– Add the banana peels to a pan on medium heat. Add a small splash of water. Cook until tender, at least for 10 minutes. The cooking time depends on the ripeness of your peels.***
– Add another splash of water and keep cooking if the pan goes dry before they are tender.
- Assemble the burgers:
– Warm up the buns & slice them in half.
– Add a layer of pulled banana peels, lettuce & caramelised onions.
– If you feel fancy, throw some optional ingredients on top, such as rocket, pickles, etc.
* It is really important to thoroughly wash the banana peels before eating it due to the pesticides that may be sprayed in banana groves. To be on the safe side, we used organic bananas, we recommend you do the same.
** The flavour of your pulled banana peels will largely depend on the BBQ sauce of your choice. Thus, your version might differ in taste from ours. We took a basic version from the supermarket with no special flavouring. A simple tomato based, somewhat spicy BBQ sauce.
*** In the first few minutes of cooking the banana peels they may turn bitter. Don’t despair in case you are brave enough to taste them early on. Keep on cooking! Make sure they are tender enough to bite through but not so overcooked that they turn to a complete mush. The cooking time will depend on how ripe your bananas are. The riper they are the faster they cook. Based on our experiences so far we recommend 12-15 minutes.