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Main dishes

Zesty Ground Beef & Cornbread in Banana Leaves

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

What You Need

2
Tbsp.  KRAFT Lite Zesty Italian Dressing
1-1/2
lb.  extra-lean ground beef
3
Tbsp.  tomato paste
1/4
cup  raisins
1/4
cup   chopped green olives
1
pkg.   (8.5 oz.) corn muffin mix
8
oz.  banana leaves
1/2
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.
Variation
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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