Friday, July 8, 2011

Banana Chimichangas

Banana Chimichangas

3 bananas, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 (6 inch) flour tortillas
vegetable oil for frying

In a large skillet over medium heat, saute bananas and brown sugar in butter until sugar is dissolved.  Reduce heat; stir in vanilla and cook for 1 minute.

 Divide banana mixture between the tortillas. 

 Fold ends over mixture and roll closed.  

In a large skillet, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil over high heat.  
Place chimichangas seam down in skillet.

 Fry tortillas until golden brown. 

 Drain on paper towel.  

Serve warm.  Makes 3 whole servings or 6 half servings.

 This recipe is from the first cookbook I wrote called, MILD TO WILD MEXICAN COOKBOOK.

It is also the first recipe I cooked in front of a live audience.  It was at a woman's conference in Oklahoma.  I was really nervous before it was my time to go on stage.  They had lots of experienced people doing cooking demos, and I was the only new one.

The stage was beautiful, with top of the line appliances.  The crowd filled all available seats and people were standing at the back.  I walked out onto the stage, trying to act like I did this all the time.  It started off really well; they seemed to like the stories I was telling and they were intrigued by the recipe.

The bananas, brown sugar, and butter were cooking away and it was time for me to add the vanilla.  I gave the banana mixture a good stir, then left the spoon in the pan and reached for the vanilla.  The spoon had a heavy handle and as I lifted my hand from it, it flipped out of the pan and landed on the floor.  The audience let out a loud gasp.  I looked at them and wondered how I was going to recover from this mistake.  I laughed and told them a story about my mom putting me in dance class hoping it would make me less klutzy.

A lady and her daughter laughed really hard when I told that story.  It was a funny story, but not that funny.  After the demo was over, the mom came up to me and explained that her daughter was in dance class and wanted to quit.  She wouldn't let her because she was hoping it would make her graceful.  The mom said she would now let her daughter quit, because it obviously didn't work for me.  Her daughter thanked me several times.

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  1. I love bananas and this recipe is great. Have a nice weekend. Kisses, Marta.

  2. What a great story Haha. This sounds my type of dish I love bananas. Diane

  3. Linda this look amazing, we love banana desserts! gloria

  4. That looks really good!
    My parents put me in gymnastics for the same reason!

  5. That is a funny story! Love this recipe, great for a super treat.

  6. delicious looking dessert looks wonderful

  7. I always have bananas left over and turning brown at the end of the week, and there's only so much banana bread a person can eat. This recipe looks like the perfect dessert (and use for bananas!).

  8. Too funny and I can totally relate! Bill would love this dessert! It looks delicious!

  9. wow how cool is this!!!!! I wish that I liked bananas!

  10. Lovely dessert! And thks for sharing the dance story :)

  11. That's a funny story! It definitely put a smile on my face reading that!
    Your banana chimichangas looks delicious! I bet my family would love this!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  12. Looks mouth watering - what a wonderful combination of yummy flavors!

  13. Holy crap, these look amazing.

  14. How do you fold so neatly? I am a klutz.

  15. Gosh, these look delicious! I love banana and have never used bananas in this way. Love your creativity!

  16. That story is hilarious. I bet that girl sends you Christmas cards every year from now on, lol.

  17. Very cute story...These sound really good! Have you tried any other fillings besides banana?

  18. Bo, I have made it using my fried apple recipe as the filling and sprinkling the fried tortilla with cinnamon and sugar. I have also added cream cheese to both the apple filling and the banana filling.