On our way to Lopinot my mother, wife and I were "ole talking" as usual as I drove around curve after curve on the narrow winding road. Then my mother asked my wife if she ever made green fig pie (green banana pie); it was the first time she heard of it. I, of course, was already salivating by the very thought of it, because we always had fig (banana) trees around the house and my mother made green fig pie often for us. This was just one of the many different ways she used green fig and whatever we had grown around the house.
The thing with this type of pie is that the green fig could be substituted with any other ground provision like yam, eddoes or dasheen the list goes on... It's nice to see that we are always coming up with new ways to use our very own ground provision; just recently I found another use for green fig, and I'm sure there are still other uses I haven't stumbled on as yet.
Anyhow, I took the recipe and added my own style to it (I have a meat mouth, Ha Ha !). But you can prepare this meal without the meat. This delicious meal can be enjoyed by everyone, especially those who love anything baked with cheese like my son. The meal will take a little time to prepare and some cleaning up is required, but it is certainly worth it. Like me, you may want it often.... I think I'll have some tomorrow... Again!
Green Banana Pie Recipe
Green Fig Pie with Salad
1 hand green fig
potatoes or 2 large ones 1½ cup cheese, grated
1 tsp. green seasoning
1 tsp. grated onion
1 clove of grated garlic
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. chopped parsley
1 tsp. chive, finely chopped
¼ cup milk
2 tbsp. butter
Season and cook the mince meat with onion, garlic, and green seasoning. Add a little bit of water, tomato paste and the herbs. Allow to cook until most of the water has evaporated and the meat is cooked.
A 'hand' of green fig (banana)
Boil green fig and potatoes separately, do not overcook.
Peel and grate the fig and potatoes.
Grate the cheese and set aside.
Mix in the butter and about 1 cup of grated cheese.
Add the seasoning, herbs, and milk and mix well.
In a greased dish, pour in half the fig mixture and add the minced meat. Top with a sprinkle of cheese.
Pour the rest of the fig mixture. Sprinkle the rest of cheese on the top.
Bake in a hot oven (300°F) for about 45 minutes or until golden.
That's it for another post. Until next time.
Green Fig (Banana) Pie
- FOR PIE:
- 1 hand of green fig bananas
- 4 small potatoes or 2 large ones
- 1½ cup cheese grated
- 1 tsp. green seasoning
- 1 tsp grated onion
- 1 clove grated garlic
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. chopped parsley
- 1 tsp. chive finely chopped
- ¼ cup milk low fat (1%)
- 2 tbsp butter
- FOR FILLING:
- ½ lb. minced meat
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 tsp. green seasoning
- 1 tsp. chive finely chopped
- 1 tsp. chadon beni
- 1 tsp. tomato paste
- 2 tsp. chopped parsley
- 1 pinch salt
- Season and cook the mince meat with onion, garlic, and green seasoning. Add a little bit of water, tomato paste and the herbs. Allow to cook until most of the water has evaporated and the meat is cooked.
- In a greased dish, pour in half the fig mixture and add the minced meat. Top with a sprinkle of cheese. Pour the rest of the fig mixture. Sprinkle cheese on the top.
- Bake in a hot oven (300°F) for about 45 minutes or until golden.