Baked bananas and roasted pork loin make a heavenly combination. A simple pork dish can transform into something more than the ordinary with the addition of bananas. Pork tenderloin is one of the most succulent cuts of meat and is a healthier choice compared to other cuts because it has very little fat. It is a long and cylindrical cut that is cut from the full loin thus one of the easiest and fastest to cook since it has no bone. And what makes pork loin great is that you can slice it into medallions after it is cooked to serve more guests. With the slices of bananas in great pork chop recipes look especially spectacular juxtaposed. And to make a lovely presentation you can either slice the bananas lengthwise or crosswise.
This dish is elegant enough for a dinner party and looks casual for a weekday lunch special. The bananas give the pork loin meal a Caribbean or Latin American touch. The pork loin in this recipe is seasoned as simple as possible. To give way to the pork’s natural taste the only flavourings used are onions, salt and pepper. The sweet bananas contrast with the succulent flavour of the pork, bringing out its natural flavour all the more. In this recipe, the pork loin is slow roasted in a 350-degree oven for about 40 to 45 minutes. For a juicier pork loin, you can sear the pork in very hot oil browning all sides, before cooking it in the oven.
Pork tenderloin can be cooked in the preferred doneness just like the steak. Some like it slightly pink while others like it well done. An internal temperature or 150 degrees F results in juicy and tender pork. A slightly pink pork will result in a 145 degrees F, which some people prefer. After cooking, allow the pork to rest for about five minutes to finish cooking.
14 oz. loin of pork
7 bananas, peeled
2 large onions, peeled, quartered
½ cup water
Seasonings to taste
1. In a roasting pan place the loin of pork, onions, water and seasonings.
2. Roast in pork loin in a 350 degree F. oven for about 40 to 45 minutes. In the last 15 minutes, add the bananas to bake.
3. Once golden brown, arrange on a serving dish. Decorate it with sliced bananas before serving.