So I had two very large ripe bananas to use this morning, and I already had banana cookies and chocolate banana muffins in the freezer. I didn't want to bake anything else, so what to make... banana ketchup, of course! I halved this recipe and adapted it to my dietary preferences and what I had on hand.
So my recipe was
1 tbs. coconut oil
1/2 cup mince onion
1 1/2 tsp. grated ginger (easier to grate if frozen. We keep chunks of ginger in the freezer)
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1/8 tsp allspice
1 medium clove of garlic, minced
1 tbs. minced hot green pepper ( I used some roasted anaheim from the freezer- it was fairly spicy for an anaheim)
1 finely chopped medjool date
2 large ripe bananas, mashed smooth (1 cup)
1/4 cup vinegar ( I used a mix of white wine vinegar and sherry vinegar, 'cause that's what I had. Sherry vinegar is very acidic, so my final result was probably tangier than it would have been otherwise)
1 tbs. coconut aminos ( like soy sauce- I am sensitive to soy, so I limit my use.)
salt ( because coconut aminos isn't as salty as soy sauce)
Heat coconut oil in a deep pot ( splatters!) over medium heat and add minced onion. Cook onion, stirring, until just starting to brown, 5 or so minutes. Add ginger, turmeric, allspice, garlic, pepper and date, and stir constantly for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add banana, vinegar, and coconut aminos. Cook a couple minutes, salt to taste, and blend with immersion blender if desired. Cook, stirring frequently, for 10- 15 minutes to thicken.
Results: Hot from the pan, I absolutely loved it. I thought it was the easiest and best ketchup I had ever made. I ate it on some leftover roasted chicken and beets that I fried with a little butter, and it was awesome. Once cold, the banana flavor was a little strong, and I ended up adding more salt and some crushed red pepper. Overall, I am very excited to make a balanced tasting ketchup that has no added sugar.
I think this would make a wonderful hot sauce with more peppers and probably more vinegar and salt.
By the way, many credit Maria Ylagan Orosa with inventing banana ketchup. Take a moment and look her up; she was a brilliant scientist and a real patriot.
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