Turon (banana spring rolls) with bacon and cheese

When does your weekend start? Like most Filipino families, ours used to start on Friday evening when the girls’ classes ended and Speedy picked up them up from the condo in the city, and end on Sunday evening when Speedy drove them back to avoid the heavy Monday morning rush hour.

But we have a new weekend schedule this school term. Both girls have classes from Tuesday to Saturday. So, while people go to work or school on Monday, we’re home relishing the last day of our weekend.

So it was that last Monday, we were food tripping the entire day. Speedy went out to buy spring roll wrappers then went on to make turon — which we like cheesy. But Speedy had more than cheesy in mind. He had this idea — an idea that he had been nurturing all week. Turon with cheese and bacon.

We’ve never had turon that good. Seriously. I used to think it weird when my girls talked about eating salty French fries with ice cream saying how well the salty and sweet, soft and crisp, went together. But, after relishing the turon with bacon and cheese, I kinda understood. Salty, crisp bacon bits contrasting vividly with the sweet and mushy overripe bananas. Then, the surprising touch of gooey cheese. We drooled. We had some for our afternoon snack; we had the rest for dessert in the evening.

Recipe: Turon with bacon and cheese

Ingredients

  • very ripe saba bananas
  • spring roll wrappers
  • bacon
  • cheese that melts well
  • about 3 c. of vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Fry the bacon in an oil-free non-stick pan until browned and crisp. Crumble or chop into bits.
  2. Start heating the cooking oil in a frying pan.
  3. Separate the spring roll wrappers.
  4. Peel and cut each banana in half vertically.
  5. Place a banana half on a spring roll wrapper. Top with a slice of cheese and bacon bits. Roll to seal. Repeat for the rest of the ingredients (see how to wrap spring rolls).
  6. Fry the spring rolls in hot oil until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  7. Serve hot.
  • housekeeper

    Ma’am Connie, ang gagaling ng ideas ni Mr. Speedy!

  • Dexie

    I’ve been hearing, reading, watching people say how delicious bacon is with desserts for a long time and I’m still apprehensive about it as much as I LOVE bacon. One day I might eventually go there.. LOL.

  • Patty

    i brought turon in my son’s kindergarten class and the Canadians loved it, i bet they would love this version more!

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    Housekeeper, beneficial to me since it’s just me and him at the house 5 days a week hehehe

    Dexie, do! Do, do!

    Patty, the Canadian kids or adults or both?

  • Beth

    Ms Connie, this is a superb “fusion” type of cooking..i’ve had bacon with maple syrup cupcakes and they are delicious, but i never thought of doing turon this way…thanks for sharing…i will definitely make it this weekend…

  • Charo

    Hi Ms. Connie, para palang si Elvis Presley husband nyo. Elvis Presley favorite is Peanut butter sandwich with banana and bacon. Sweet and Salty. Maraming saba sa bahay, this will be my next thing on Sunday :P

  • Patty

    both the kids and adults, the teachers even asked for the recipe and the moms were being pressured by their kids to learn how to cook turon, you should have seen their faces bilib na bilib hehe :D

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Ayos! Converts hehehe

  • natzsm

    I could almost imagine the wonderful contrast of the salty cheese and bacon with the sweetness of overripe bananas. I might even add an additional sprinkling of brown sugar or dip the turon in a caramel syrup for additional sweetness. It might even be good with the addition of langka.

    Another salty-sweet combination which initially sounded weird was chocolate covered potato chips. I fell in love with them the moment I tasted them. My chocolate fountain would now be incomplete without a bowl of potato chips and everyone seems to agree that they are even better than the usual assorted fruit and marshmallow accompaniment we see. Which suddenly brings to my mind that next time, I may try adding in salty pretzels.

    Not to long ago, I heard about chocolate covered bacon but haven’t had the chance to try it yet

    And about french fries and ice cream, when I was a kid, the only reason why I preferred McDonald’s over Jollibee was because the former served milkshakes and I so loved dipping my fries in them.

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      I was thinking pinipig crunch but with plain salted potato chips instead of pinipig…

  • http://u8mypinkcookies.blogspot.com u8mypinkcookies

    turon!! yummm, i love it w/ langka :D not putting bacon sounds new to me.

  • Anna

    ms. con, pwede bang maClone si mr. speedy. hehehe :)

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Hmmmm ok na business yun ah. We can charge every time he gives sample of his DNA. Hehehe

      • http://none Crisma

        Hahaha!!! At papayag ka naman, Connie… ikaw pa ang business manager ni Speedy! ;)

        • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

          Ah syempre! 50% cut ko! hahahaha

      • Albert Rendal

        Might as well clone yourself to Ms Connie, you’re a great couple. May your tribe increase.. :)

        • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

          hahahaha Bow!

  • http://www.kotsengkuba.com kotsengkuba

    what happened to homecooking rocks? kahapon pa redirected lahat ng links dito.

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      It’s called simplifying my life hehehe I’m really just exhausted thinking what to post there, what to post here… Now I post only in one place.

  • http://www.twitter.com/reginabeth Beatrize

    Reminds me of the milk chocolate bar with bacon filling that I was asked to sample a few months back. Not sure if the creator pushed through with making it commercially. Anyway, the combination’s very unique and so was the taste.

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Chocolate and bacon! Whoa. In San Francisco, there’s ice cream made with bacon fat hehehe

  • Nina

    After having smoked duck ham with cantaloupe melon for appetizer last night, i can imagine how the saltiness of the bacon can go well with the ripe banana. I don’t mind having a whole bacon strip beside the ripe banana.

  • emyM

    Naks naman! Great idea,Speedy.I will definitely try this.
    I’m a fan of NIckel Diner,LA and VooDoo Donuts In Portland,Oregon
    that serve Maple Bacon Donuts…sweet and salty….my kind of food.

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    Nina, just last night on Unique Eats, there was this watermelon salad — ice cold watermelon cubes, arugula, onions… and farmer’s cheese. Sweet and salty again!

    emyM, when Sam sees your comment, she’ll want to make donuts with bacon. Which reminds me, we made donuts and I still haven’t posted the photos and recipe…

  • lee

    i’m a fan of eating something sweet with hints of salt. The perfect example I had recently were the pili squares from Silay. There’s a hint of salt in the crunchy bed of the pastry.

  • http://mariamasungit.blogspot.com curiousGirl

    parang ilang araw na ko nagluluto ng turon.. pero ngayon ko lang narinig to! ooh lala, crispy stuff, cheese, sweets and bacon are some of my favorite foods- kaya patok na patok sakin to!

    Re: french fries and ice cream- ang sarap niya sa chocolate sundae hehe

    Re: sweet and salty combinations- I like cooking “corndogs” made from pancake batter pero I add sugar and cinnamon..yum

  • Albert Rendal

    This is what you call creativity and a real gourmet…. :)

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    Lee, have you tried chocolate sprinkled with salt? I haven’t yet but the idea intrigues me.

    curiousGirl, re “french fries and ice cream- ang sarap niya sa chocolate sundae”… Yah, my girls do that LOL It weirds me out hahaha

    Thank you, Albert. :)

  • http://www.asianinamericamag.com Elizabeth of AsianinAmericamag

    What a great NEW idea for Turon! Love it, Tita Connie! My sons love turon and I always try to make it for them. Of course, it’s a challenge to find all the native ingredients here in the USA…we live far from Asian groceries. But I must try this one….the Bacon & Cheese adds a special flavor ! Yum!

  • PrincessOnaPea

    My curiosity started when I met up a friend at McDonalds, he ordered Caramel Sundae, and I ordered fries, while he was eating, out of nowhere, I dunked my fries to his Sundae, and there it was, the aftertaste of the Sweet and Salty was just remarkably unforgettable…

  • http://www.thesnoopycat.com Ces

    Hi Ms. Connie! I’m excited to try this! This is the first time I’ve read a recipe like this. Actually, I do not eat other kinds of bananas…just saba. Turon is just one of the few banana dishes that I eat. My favorite breakfast food is bacon and I just LOVE anything with cheese! So yeah, I’m definitely going to try this one out! Thanks for sharing! :)