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Beef 'n Cornbread Wrapped in Banana Leaves

Beef 'n Cornbread Wrapped in Banana Leaves recipe
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This twist on tradition was inspired by the flavors and ingredients in a classic tamale.
20 min
40 min
6 servings

What You Need

Tbsp.  KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
lb.  ground beef
Tbsp.  tomato paste
cup  raisins
cup   chopped green olives
pkg.   (8.5 oz.) corn muffin mix
oz.  banana leaves

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.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Healthy Living
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.
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