Baked bananas and roasted pork loin make a heavenly combination. The addition of bananas can transform a simple pork dish into something more than the ordinary. Pork tenderloin is one of the most succulent cuts of meat recipes and also has very little fat so it is a healthier choice compared to other cuts. It is a long and cylindrical cut that is cut from the full loin and is one of the easiest and fastest to cook since it has no bone. What’s great about pork loin is that you can slice it into medallions after it is cooked to serve more guests. Pork loin medallions look especially spectacular juxtaposed with the slices of bananas. You can either slice the bananas lengthwise or crosswise to make a lovely presentation.
This healthy dinner dish is elegant enough for a dinner party and casual enough 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. The only flavorings used are onions, salt and pepper to give way to the pork’s natural taste. The sweet bananas contrast with the succulent flavor of the pork, bringing out its flavor 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 before cooking it in the oven in very hot oil, browning all sides.
Ingredients: 14 oz. loin of pork, 7 bananas, peeled, 2 large onions, peeled, quartered, ½ cup water, Seasonings to taste
Place the loin of pork, onions, water and seasonings in a roasting pan. Roast in 350 degree F. oven for about 40 to 45 minutes. In the last 15 minutes, add the bananas to bake. Once golden brown, arrange on a serving dish and decorate it with sliced bananas before serving.
Like steak, pork tenderloin can be cooked in the preferred doneness. Some like it slightly pink while others like it well done. An internal temperature or 150 degrees F results in juicy and tender pork. 145 degrees will result in slightly pink pork, which some people prefer. After cooking, allow the pork to rest for about five minutes to finish cooking.