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 pork loin
medallions 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.