Although there is a little tomato in this ketchup, it's certainly the flavor of the bananas that shines through. Banana ketchup is especially good with pork and chicken prepared in the summer-time on the BBQ.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
* 1/2 cup golden raisins
* 1/3 cup chopped sweet onions
* 2 large garlic cloves, quartered
* 1/3 cup tomato paste
* 4 large very ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
* 1-1/3 cup cider vinegar, divided use
* 3 to 4 cups water
* 1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
* 1-1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chile pepper or to taste
* 1/4 cup light corn syrup
* 2 tsp ground allspice
* 1 tsp ground cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
* 1/4 tsp ground cloves
* 2 tbsp dark rum
Place the raisins, onions, garlic, tomato paste, bananas, and 2/3 cup vinegar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until smooth and pour into a large, heavy saucepan.
To the banana mixture in the saucepan, add remaining 2/3 cup vinegar, 3 cups water, brown sugar, salt, and ground chipotle chile pepper. Stir to combine.
Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered, stirring the ketchup occasionally, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
If the ketchup gets too thick and begins to stick, add some of the remaining water (up to 1 cup).
Add corn syrup, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, for another 15 minutes or until it is thick enough to coat a metal spoon. Stir in the rum and remove from heat. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Push ketchup through a fine strainer, mashing the solids with the back of a spoon. Let cool to room temperature, pour into glass bottles, cover, and refrigerate. Use within 1 month. Banana ketchup is especially good as a condiment with pork and poultry.
Yield: about 3-1/2 cups