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Zesty Ground Beef & Cornbread in Banana Leaves

photo by:kraft
In this extra-flavorful dish, extra-lean ground beef is cooked with tomato paste, raisins and olives and served with cornbread and banana leaves.
20 min
40 min
6 servings

What You Need

Tbsp.  KRAFT Lite Zesty Italian Dressing
lb.  extra-lean ground beef
Tbsp.  tomato paste
cup  raisins
cup   chopped green olives
pkg.   (8.5 oz.) corn muffin mix
oz.  banana leaves
cup  BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream

Make It

HEAT 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. Simmer on medium heat 10 min. or until liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally.

MEANWHILE, prepare corn muffin batter as directed on package; set aside. Cut 6 (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 corn muffin batter into 3-inch square in center of smooth side of banana leaf; top with about 1/3 cup meat mixture. Fold over sides and ends of leaf to completely enclose filling. Repeat to make 6 packets. Tie each packet with a thin strip from banana leaf trimmings. Place on rack in 15x10x1-inch pan.

BAKE 20 min. or until wooden toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool 5 min. Serve with sour cream.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

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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