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12 Days of Cinco de Mayo – Day Nueve

Cinco de Mayo is almost here. In fact we have reached day 9 on our countdown calendar, which means there are only a few days to go until the celebrations can begin! Not everyone will be having a big party of course, but the great thing about this holiday is there is no set way of celebrating or set foods you have to make, so you can pick how big or small you want your party to be (or even just enjoy it with the family) and make whatever dishes appeal to you. We have selected 12 of the tastiest Mexican recipes though, just to inspire you, and today we are looking at Mexican fried bananas.

Everybody has their own favorite Mexican dishes, and while most people will name something savory as their preferred dish, others have a sweet tooth and will consider arroz con leche (rice pudding Mexican style) or platanos fritos (fried bananas) as theirs. If you are catering for a number of people on Cinco de Mayo, you will want to offer various appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts. These delicious bananas are a great idea. You need to cook them just before serving, since they are a hot dessert, but they only take a few minutes and are very easy to prepare.

We are adding cinnamon, lemon and orange to the bananas, to add not only an earthy, spicy taste, but also the bright zing of citrus to contrast with the sweetness of the bananas. Sweetened condensed milk is nice drizzled over these. A lot of Mexican desserts are quite sweet, and if you are lucky enough to have Mexican bakery locally, you will probably have tried various Mexican breads and cakes, so you will know. If this is too much sweetness though, feel free to omit the sweetened condensed milk. Alternatively you cannot go wrong serving a scoop of vanilla ice cream with these bananas.

This is a great dish for the whole family, and any kids at your Cinco de Mayo party will love this just as much as the grownups do. If you are just making this for the adults though, or making theirs separately, you might like to consider adding a splash of liqueur to the dish, perhaps something typically Mexican such as Kahlua. This is optional, of course, but might add a special touch to the dessert. This smells lovely while it is cooking and everyone’s mouth will begin to water as they wonder what the amazing aroma is, heading into the kitchen out of curiosity. This dessert is sure to be a hit.

Platanos Fritos

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Cinco de Mayo 2016!


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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