Banana Ketchup! Say what? The husband is at it again. He shared with me another interesting topic. Banana Ketchup.
According to Wikipedia, Banana Ketchup is a Philippine fruit ketchup that is made from mashed bananas, sugar, vinegar, and spices. It is naturally brownish-yellow in color but is often colored red to resemble the tomatoe ketchup we are familiar with. Banana Ketchup was first produced during World War II in the Phillipines. Bananas were used instead of tomatoes because of their abundance in the Philippines.
As I am partial to bananas I decided to try making banana ketchup from scratch. Here is the recipe I used…
Pelago’s House-Made Banana Ketchup
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
- 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
- 2 ounces tomato paste
- 4 bananas (Saba if possible)
- 2 ounces white vinegar
- 2 ounces water
- 4 ounces brown sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sweat garlic, shallot and ginger for 5 minutes.
- Add tomato paste and cook for another minute.
- Deglaze with vinegar and water.
- Add brown sugar and bananas; cook for 10 minutes.
- Puree mixture until smooth, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
My take on banana ketchup…
I cut the above recipe in half and it made about 10.5 ounces of ketchup. This was more than enough! I served the banana ketchup with hamburgers. It was good but sweet. I think that the banana ketchup would go better not as a ketchup per say, but as a sauce. I can picture making beef ribs and using the banana ketchup as a kind of barbecue sauce on the ribs and serving it on top of rice. This sounds really good to me. As for on a hamburger, I would prefer mayo. On French fries…probably not. It is made with bananas so it does taste of banana. Having said this, anything that would taste good with fruit might be a good possibility. Chicken, pork, and shrimp could be good candidates. I think I will try some of the leftovers as a dip for fried shrimp…
Give banana ketchup a try; and be sure to let me know what recipe it was used with. As always, Happy cooking!