• 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aluminum -free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground curry
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 cups roughly mashed bananas, (about 3 medium)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk or milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

This week bloggers like me and the Food Network are bringing you some of our favorite sensational side dishes. This week we were asked to share our favorite mashed sides. Two of my favorites are my basil garlic mashed potatoes and my mom’s carrot potato mash but I thought I’d try something totally different this time.

With ripe bananas staring at me from a basket on my counter, I decided to try my hand at a mashed banana fritter or corn cake. Super easy to make, these savory banana corn cakes take only a few ingredients; ingredients you most likely have at your finger tips:

The addition of warm spices like curry, ginger and cinnamon make these cakes savory and the perfect accompaniment to dishes like pork, barbecue and hearty soups.

Here’s how easy these savory banana corn cakes were to make:

In a large mixing bowl, stir together cornmeal, unbleached flour, baking powder, curry, ginger, and cinnamon.

In another mixing bowl mash the bananas with a fork. Squeeze lemon juice over the mashed bananas and stir; this will prevent your bananas from browning!

Add your egg and buttermilk to your mashed bananas and stir to combine.

In another mixing bowl stir together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, curry powder, cinnamon, ginger.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir just until combined.

In a large cast iron skillet, place 1/4 cup canola oil. Heat and drop batter by two tablespoons. Allow the cakes to brown on one side. Using a spatula, turn over the cakes and brown the second side. Place your banana corn cakes on a plate lined with a paper towel. Enjoy!

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Domesticate Me: Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Goat Cheese
The Sensitive Epicure: Italian Style Smashed Potatoes
The Heritage Cook: Whipped Ginger-Cardamom Sweet Potatoes
Dishin & Dishes: Truffled Mashed Potatoes With Prosciutto and Rosemary
FN Dish: Mashed Spring Sides