Two of my favorite things combined into one dish: my Crockpot and plantains. My recipe was inspired by PaleOMG’s Easy Shredded Pork over Caramelized Plantain Mash. This is how I love to cook: find a recipe and improve upon it to suit my taste. I encourage you to do the same. Use my recipe as a guide and change it up to your liking.
Pork Loin Ingredients:
- 1lb pork loin
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 cup chicken broth
- Salt, to taste
- Pour chicken broth in the bottom of the Crockpot.
- Place the tenderloin in the Crockpot.
- Cover tenderloin with spices and then onions.
- Cook on low for approximately 4 to 5 hours and and on high for appoximately 3 to 4 hours.
- When tenderloin is cooked, shred with two forks.
- Let cool and serve over smashed plantains.
Smashed Plantain Ingredients:
- 4 plantains (yellow with black spots)
- 3 tablespoons organic butter or ghee (for the pan)
- 1 tablespoons organic butter or ghee (for the mash)
- 3 tablespoons organic whole milk or canned full-fat coconut milk
- Peel the plantains and cut into approximately 1 inch pieces.
- Turn the stove to medium-low to low, and melt the butter or ghee in a skillet.
- In batches, lightly brown both sides of the plantains. Cooking times will vary depending upon the temperature of your stove. Watch the plantains closely as they will burn very quickly.
- Once the plantains are lightly browned, remove them from the skillet and place them in a bowl.
- Continue to lightly brown the remaining plantains in batches, adding more butter or ghee to the pan if needed.
- Use a wire masher to mash the plantains.
- Add butter and milk/coconut milk until the desired consistency is achieved. Add more butter and milk if you prefer a thinner mash.
- Serve with pork tenderloin or make just as a side dish.
Note: To peel the plantains, cut off both ends and split the plantain peel down the center. A ripe plantain’s peel will come off similar to a banana. An unripe (green) plantain will take more work. You might have to take a paring knife and cut the peel from the flesh. Yes, it is a nuisance, but do not let a little work stop you!