Cheese Bananas is the weird 1970s recipe you don’t want to eat for dinner
Cheese Bananas: It sounds gross, but it turns out they’re pretty good.
The 1970s were a time marked by culinary innovations such as fondue and the Baked Alaska, but looking through old recipes of this period unveils some truly unique dishes.
Take for instance the recipe for Cheese Bananas, taken from a 1971 copy of Woman’s Weekly magazine in New Zealand and uploaded initially by zingibergirl on reddit.
While most functioning humans were grossed out by the thought of mushy, sweet bananas clashing with the saltiness of ham and the fat of the melted cheese, redditor lsblk, was brave enough to put the original recipe to the test.
The recipe consists of bananas (of course), tasty a.k.a. cheddar cheese, ham slices, white sauce a.k.a. béchamel, and a whack of chopped parsley. The ingredients are enough to make one wince. Except for the parsley, that’s fresh.
In an interesting twist, lsblk wrote a review of the bizarre concoction admitting it was somewhat enjoyable. “The cooking actually sucks all the sweetness out of the bananas. If I had one criticism is that the bananas were essentially flavourless, which I kind of expected to happen, and why I put honey on the changed up version,” the clever chef wrote.
A modern version constructed with bacon and shallots also came highly recommended. That will be taste tested next week on Disgusting Historical Recipes .
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They turn out to be pretty good, apparently.
Pisang Keju Coklat (Banana with Cheese and Chocolate)
Posting Date: 01/12/18
Pisang Keju Coklat (Banana with Cheese and Chocolate) is an easy Indonesian dessert which requires no baking. This dessert is normally sold by street vendors. This is one of my favorite dessert because it is so easy to make and delicious. It takes less than 10 min to make and requires only 4 main ingredients. The only preparation that needs to be done is to peel off the skin of banana, slice it lengthwise, and slightly flatten it. You probably have had chocolate covered banana or banana drizzled with chocolate syrup before. If so, you know how delicious it is. Chocolate and banana are the perfect pairing but you may not know that cheddar cheese on banana and chocolate takes it to another level. The cheese adds the savory flavor to the otherwise sweet dessert. You can drizzle it with condensed milk or chocolate syrup. I like condensed milk on it.
The recipe serves for 2 people.
- 2 bananas. Make sure you get bananas that still have some green colors on the skin. If you use bananas that are all yellow, they will be soft and more difficult to handle during slicing and cooking.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese or to taste. You could use sharp or medium cheddar cheese.
- chocolate sprinkles
- Optional: chocolate syrup
- Optional: condensed milk
- Peel off the skin of the banana. Cut it in half lengthwise. I prefer not to slice it because it makes it easier to handle during cooking; however, sliced banana is sweeter because the sliced side gets to caramelize during cooking making it taste sweeter. Gently flatten the unsliced side of the banana so that it will be brown during cooking.
- Turn on the stove to medium heat. Put the butter on a pan and melt it. As soon as it is melted, take the pan off the stove and swirl the butter on the pan so that it coats the pan evenly. Alternatively, you can use a brush to evenly coat the pan with the butter. Coating the pan evenly will prevent the banana from sticking during cooking.
- Place 2 slices of banana on the pan. Make sure you don’t overcrowd the pan so that it will be easier to flip them during cooking. Once they are brown on the bottom side, flip them and cook them until they are brown. Remove the pan from the stove. Remove the slices of banana from the pan and place them on a plate. Place shredded cheese on top of each slice and top it with chocolate sprinkles. Place the pan back on the stove. Repeat the step for the remaining 2 slices of banana.
- Serve it while it is still warm. If preferred, you can drizzle the top with condensed milk or chocolate syrup.
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