Sunday, October 6, 2013

Banana Croquettes, a KY Church Dinner Treat


Have you ever eaten banana croquettes? Chances are if you've been to a church dinner in Kentucky, you've had the opportunity to give them a try. 

My little country church had Homecoming Day today. Once a year we invite everybody who has spiritual roots in the church to come "home" for a special service. That can be a lot of roots since our church was celebrating 201 years. In years past, we've invited former pastors back to speak to us, but since we've now had the same pastor for around thirty years, we don't have a large pool of former pastors to pick from. So the last few years my husband's Southern Gospel group, the Patriot Quartet, have been delivering the Gospel in song during the morning service. 

My husband has been singing in groups for forty years. When he started singing, most all the country churches in the area had Homecomings. They'd have preaching in the morning and singing in the afternoon. Sometimes there would be four or five singing groups. That could get looonnnggg! Especially when you had three kids to make sit quietly the way I did then. Over the years, the attendance at afternoon services shrank and shrank until most churches quit having the singing services in the afternoons. Now the group generally sings in the mornings and then enjoys the church dinners. Oh, those wonderful church dinners. You can see a couple of our church youngsters loading up on desserts here and that was just one of the dessert tables!

But those dinners have changed too. Now you see a lot more dishes cooked at Kroger and the chicken nearly always is Famous Recipe or Colonel Sanders or sometimes Kroger too. But when I first got introduced to Homecoming dinners, the chicken was skillet fried before church on Sunday morning and the cakes and pies were homemade. Country cooking - yum!! 

One of the dishes you could always find at a church dinner was banana croquettes. I love banana croquettes. I used to make them, but making banana croquettes is a lot of trouble and messy. Now I skip the salad dressing and just dip my banana in peanuts in an individual serving just for me. But at a church dinner you can sometimes find the real thing. Some people make a fancy salad dressing, but most people just slice the banana into sections. Sometimes lengthwise too. Then they coat the banana in salad dressing. (That's the messy part.) Last, they roll them in chopped or crushed peanuts. (More messy part.) They don't keep well, so you have to eat them all right away. I'm usually up to the challenge if I make it through the dinner line in time to snag any of them. We have a member now who always makes banana croquettes for our dinners. But today her dish got mistakenly put on the dessert table and most people missed it. But a couple of those peanut covered bananas were the perfect dessert for me. 

Have you ever made or eaten banana croquettes? Been to a country church dinner? If so, what was the dish you liked best? We had some great desserts, besides those banana croquettes. One an old fashioned chess pie. That's what my son ate and he told his kids it had no food value, just sweet and good. But the value of food is not always nutrious. At a country church dinner, sometimes the food makes you remember. Like the wonderful lady gone on to celebrate homecoming in heaven now who used to always make two chess pies every homecoming day. 


Ahh, the memories food can give us. Hope my grandkids will have some good memories of Goshen Homecomings when they get older. My oldest granddaughter here did try a piece of cake that she said was the best chocolate cake she'd ever eaten. So there's one good memory! 

11 comments:

  1. Ann, I have never heard of banana croquettes. What type of salad dressing are they dipped in? We still have church dinners every month or so and I love to take a corn salad. It has ranch dressing, shredded cheese chili fritoes and corn, or course. It may not sound so good but let me tell you, it is delicious! If you haven't had it, give it a try. I am a lover of recipes so any new ones I can collect, I am thrilled!

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    1. Melanie, some people make a special dressing. I always just used Miracle Whip. I saw on the internet a recipe that used yogurt too. Corn salad sounds good as long as it's not too hot. I can't handle hot peppers. I'm a wimp. :)

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  2. I've never heard of banana croquettes before. I sure would be willing to try one though! For our church dinners in our little small country town my Grandma use to always make the best banana pudding with vanilla wafers! If I close my eyes and think about it long enough, I can taste it! And yes...the chicken was always fried before church and it was the best chicken ever! I miss those good old days!

    Thanks for sharing and taking me back to all that heavenly food we use to eat at our church dinners!

    Blessings!
    Judy B

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    1. Hard to beat homemade banana pudding at a church dinner. Yum! My husband loves banana pudding. I like it as soon as you make it, but don't like leftovers and I want the pudding to be homemade and not a pudding mix. Of course, I'm sure your grandma made everything from scratch, Judy.

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  3. I've been to a lot of church dinners, but I've never heard of banana croquettes! Our church is having our first Homecoming in years at the end of the month, and the food signup list is long. Everyone has their favorites!

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    1. You're going to have a great time at your Homecoming, Carlton. We have dinners all the time at our church. We call them "eating meetings." One of our members says we're going to have to start an exercise class. I can't believe all these Southern folks never heard of banana croquettes. You'll have to put out a request in your church to see if anybody makes them there.

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  4. I'm sorry Ann, but this doesn't sound very good, but I have tasted other things that i didn't think would like and did. Like Squash cake and carrot cake. But, couldn't tell that was in them. Loved both. Guess its just the putting miracle Whip on my banana. :( can't picture that not messing up my good banana. LOL I love so many things at our dinners, but have extra love for the Corn Casserole one of my church friends make. And, it isn't hot at all. I can't eat things with peppers. Cornbread casserole is good also. Maxie

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    1. I love corn pudding, Maxie. Don't know if that's the same as the casserole you're talking about and I'm not sure if I've eaten cornbread casserole, but I do like cornbread and I'm with you. Leave out the peppers. The salad dressing on the bananas just makes the peanuts stick. So you can try a banana with peanuts and forget the salad dressing. I saw recipes using yogurt too instead of the salad dressing. However you do it, the bananas and peanuts are good!

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  5. My grandmother, Sissy (RIP) made these a couple of times. I LOVED them. Tomorrow, the church where I work is having a brunch. The theme is comfort food from our countries of origin. I am making "Banana Croquettes" - sometimes, I make corn pudding. Folks are in for a treat!

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  6. My grandmother (Sissy), RIP, was from Kentucky. She made banana croquettes a couple of times. (We just called them "banana things.") Tomorrow, the church I work for in NYC is having an International Brunch. We make comfort food from our countries of origin. In salute to Kentucky, USA, I usually make corn pudding. Tomorrow, I am making "Banana Things" and folks are in for a treat!

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    1. You're right about folks being in for a treat at your church. Love those bananas and peanuts. Yum! I love corn pudding too. It's a must for holiday dinners around my house. Guess Kentucky cooking is Kentucky cooking no matter where the Kentucky grandkid ends up. Thanks for your comment, Erlybird.

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