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Bacon-wrapped Banana Tempura! How can I do it?

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Bacon-wrapped Banana Tempura! How can I do it?

Skittle | Jan 8, 2008 10:11 AM

So, I went to a bacon dinner (yes, 6 courses all made with bacon!!!) recently and the standout item for me was a passed canape we had before sitting down for the meal. They were little skewers which each had a slice of banana, wrapped in bacon, with a crunchy golden coating of tempura batter. They were offered with a dipping sauce which I can best compare to a sweet-chili Thai-style sauce. They were phenomenal!!!!
So I've decided to try this recipe at home and am looking for maybe some pointers on how to best prepare this dish as a couple factors come to mind.
1) The bacon: should it be raw? cooked in a pan until soft, but not crispy? perhaps boiled or blanched to help it cook a little more?
2) The bananas: should I go for some pretty firm, green-skinned ones? Opt for riper ones and hope they don't get too mushy during frying?
Anybody have any advice?
I'm also planning on contacting the group who hosted the dinner to see about coaxing a recipe out of the chef.
Thanks!

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