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Known as “buñuelos” in much of Latin America, El Salvador calls these traditional Easter fritters “nuégados” and they’re almost always accompanied by a toasted corn drink called “chilate.” There are many different varieties of nuégados with the most popular one being nuégados de yuca, but a Salvadoran acquaintance recently introduced me to nuégados de guieno (banana nuégados), which are much easier to make. The banana imparts a very delicate taste to the fried donuts which makes them delicious on their own, but they’re even more amazing with homemade Salvadoran “miel” (syrup) drizzled over top.
Here’s my recipe, and then down below, enter for your chance to win a $50 gift card from Nestlé!
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Salvadoran Banana Fritters / Nuégados Salvadoreños en Miel
2 cups canola oil, for frying
1 cup flour
2 large ripe bananas, peeled
1/4 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
COMBINE flour and bananas in a medium bowl. Use a fork or hands to mash the bananas well and mix them thoroughly into the flour.
ADD the evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir to combine.
DROP spoonfuls of the dough into a large pot of medium-hot oil. Use metal tongs to carefully and continuously splash oil on top of each fritter, and to turn each fritter when it becomes golden brown. Cook only a few at a time so you don’t overcrowd them.
REMOVE each fritter to drain on a paper towel-lined plate when golden brown on both sides.
SERVE warm and with syrup drizzled on top, if desired. (Makes about 1 dozen.)
Salvadoran Syrup (“Miel”)
14 ounces of panela or piloncillo*
3 cups water
10 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*If you’re unable to find panela, or piloncillo, you can substitute 2 cups of dark brown sugar.
COMBINE all ingredients in a medium pot over medium-high heat.
BRING to a boil, stirring occasionally. The panela will melt and break up on its own. No need to force it.
BOIL for a few minutes, stirring when necessary to keep it from boiling over.
LOWER heat and simmer for a few more minutes until the liquid thickens slightly. Dip a spoon in and watch the way it coats the spoon and drips off it. This will give you an idea of whether it has thickened a little.
REMOVE from heat and allow to cool slightly. The syrup will thicken a little bit more upon cooling.
SERVE drizzled over Salvadoran Banana Fritters. Keep any unused portion refrigerated in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
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