Retro Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Chutney Bananas

September 18, 2020

I recently came into possession of two cookbooks from the 70s and 80s that have been super entertaining to browse through. One cookbook has NINETEEN different cheese ball recipes (I have to make at least one in the near future). But the recipe that caught my eye was one for Bacon-Wrapped Chutney Bananas.
I wasn't aware bacon and bananas were a thing but was willing to test it out. Everything in my being was telling me, "no, this is not going to end well," but this seemed like a small risk to take out of sheer curiosity. 

The end result: the bananas ended up being complete mush but I forgot to add in the lemon juice onto them from the recipe and was a little pressed for time so maybe they could have crisped up? Or since the recipe didn't have an oven temperature, I needed it to be at a high temp? So many questions...

But how'd it taste? I'm gonna be honest, it wasn't as strange as it sounds. It tasted like three separate entities that didn't mesh well but just stood out on their own in a combined bite. It's kind of hard to explain but I tasted the smokiness from the bacon, the sweetness from the bananas and that tanginess from the chutney yet they didn't work well together to create a cohesive bite. Not the worst thing I've ever eaten but also not something I need to cook again to remember how it tastes. 

I also had fun making my first reel on Instagram (basically a tik tok) so enjoy this video: 
Bacon-Wrapped Chutney Bananas adapted from Finely-Tuned Foods
2 bananas, peeled and chopped into thirds crosswise
1 lemon, juiced
6 slices of bacon, cut in half
1 cup mango chutney
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll the banana slices in lemon juice. Wrap each banana slice with a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Place on to a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is almost cooked through. 
2. In a food processor, add in mango chutney and pulse until smooth (about 5 times). Place chutney into a bowl. 
3. Remove bananas from oven and dip into chutney to coat. Return bananas to baking sheet and bake for another 5-10 minutes until crisp. 
4. Enjoy!

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