Crockpot Pork over Smashed Plantains: An Inspired Recipe

Yes, I cooked plantains again. I like them…a lot…

Anyway, this was an inspired recipe because it strays so far from PaleOMG’s Easy Shredded Pork over Caramelized Plantain Mash. Here is how I prepared the dish:

  • 1lb pork loin (that was all I had in the freezer)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. onion powder (I ran out and didn’t feel like going to the grocery store for more)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (again, that was all I had)
  • lots of salt (I didn’t measure it)

I put all of that in the crockpot on HIGH for 5 hours. I was running low on time since I had to thaw the pork loin first. This is what happens when one decides at 7am to cook a frozen pork loin for dinner that night. If    I had been smart and thawed the meat beforehand, I would have cooked it on low for a longer amount of time. However, the pork was still delicious!

Now, the plantain mash:

  • 4 plantains (yellow with black spots)
  • 3 tbsp. organic butter (for the pan)
  • 1 tbsp. organic butter (for the mash)
  • 3 tbsp. organic whole milk

I peeled the plantains into approximately 1 inch pieces. Using a skillet in batches, I lightly browned them in butter. Be careful because they will burn quickly! I keep the stove on medium-low to low. Just be sure to keep an eye on them. I repeat: these suckers will burn in a heartbeat. Once all of the plantains were browned, I added the mashed them by hand with a wire masher. I added butter for taste (who doesn’t truly love butter?) and whole milk because I didn’t want to open a can of coconut milk for just 3 tablespoons.   The plantain mash was THICK but oh so DELICIOUS!

The Verdict: Even though I changed the recipe substantially, it was still crazy good. One of these days, I’ll prepare the recipe as directed. For now, though, my version was really delicious.

Happy cave eating!

FYI: 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!

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