Sarah Sellers, one of the most-robbed "Idol" contestants of Season 10 and a food blogger in her spare time, has been graciously posting her recipes for yummy "American Idol" viewing party snacks here in Reality Rocks all season long. And for this week's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Night theme, she's focusing on two big Hall Of Famers, the Beach Boys and Elvis Presley.
Last night, she served up fish tacos in honor of the California surf icons, and now for tonight's results show--when you might be ready to shoot your TV set, Elvis-style, if your favorite contestant goes home--comfort food is definitely in order. "This was the first time I have ever deep-fried anything in my life...and it was fantastic!" Sarah says.
Thank you, thankyouverymuch, Sarah...
Banana Fritters with Peanut Butter & Orange Liquor Dipping Sauce
Yields 24 fritters
▪ vegetable oil for frying
▪ 2 cups all-purpose flour
▪ 2 tsp baking powder
▪ 1/2 tsp salt
▪ 4 tbsp light brown sugar
▪ 1/4 tsp nutmeg
▪ 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
▪ 3 eggs
▪ 1/2 cup plus 1/8 cup milk
▪ 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
▪ 6 bananas, quartered lengthwise
▪ confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
Peanut Butter & Orange Liquor Dipping Sauce
▪ 2 cups creamy peanut butter
▪ 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
▪ 2 tsp ground cinnamon
▪ 1 tsp orange zest
▪ 2 tbsp orange liquor
▪ 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp heavy cream
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
1. In a large Dutch oven heat around 3-4 inches of vegetable oil to 375 degrees.
2. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon and mix until well combined.
3. In a small bowl whisk the eggs, then stir in the milk and vanilla extract. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg mixture. Slowly whisk in the dry ingredients into the wet until well combined and smooth. If the batter is too thick, add more milk until you reach the desired consistency.
4. Using your fingers, dip the bananas into the batter and drop into the hot oil. Fry until the fritters are a nice, deep golden brown, turning periodically. Place fritters in the oven to keep warm while you make the sauce.
**Always use caution while frying with hot oil. Use tongs or a fine holed spatula (I like to call them sieve spatulas) to dip the battered banana into the oil and to remove them.
5. In a medium-size sauce pan over low heat, mix the peanut butter and the next three ingredients, through the liquor, until smooth and well combined. Starting with a tablespoon at a time add the liquor and whisk until smooth. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream, whisking until smooth.
6. Remove the fritters from the oven and dust with the powdered sugar. Serve along side the peanut butter dipping sauce.
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