This twist on tradition was inspired by the flavors and ingredients in a classic tamale.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 6 servings
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
1-1/2 lb. ground beef
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped green olive s
1 pkg. (8.5 oz.) corn muffin mix
8 oz. banana leaves
1/2 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
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Let's Make It
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Heat dressing in medium skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat; cook 3 min. or until evenly browned, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste, raisins and olives; mix well. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 10 min. or until liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, prepare corn muffin batter as directed on package; set aside. Cut six 10-inch squares from banana leaves; reserve trimmings for later use. Holding 1 of the banana leaves with tongs, quickly pass leaf over gas burner on medium heat several times until pliable. (Do not overheat leaf or it will become brittle.) Spread about 1/4 cup of the corn muffin batter into 3-inch square in center of smooth side of banana leaf; top with about 1/3 cup of the meat mixture. Fold over sides and ends of leaf to completely enclose filling. Repeat to make six packets. Tie each packet with a thin strip from the banana leaf trimmings. Place on rack in 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
Bake 20 min. or until wooden toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool 5 min. Serve with the sour cream.
Save 70 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving by preparing as directed with KRAFT Light Zesty Italian Dressing, extra lean ground beef and BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream.
How to Soften Banana Leaves Without a Gas Burner
Bring large saucepan of water to boil. Dip banana leaves in water 2 to 3 min. or until softened and shiny. If banana leaves are purchased frozen, thaw before softening.
Prepare as directed, substituting 2 cups shredded cooked chicken for the browned ground beef and substituting chopped fresh or roasted red peppers for the raisins.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 38g
Dietary Fibers 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.