Inspiration: I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my word to Brandon and include more meals on our menu with Chinese-inspired ingredients. This recipe struck me as particularly interesting because it deviates from what we usually eat when it comes to Chinese food – stir fries, lettuce wraps, and hot pots, namely – and instead presents in a rather fancy way as a cut of meat with a lovely sauce. To me, it had all of the markings of a Sunday night dinner made especially with Brandon in mind.
What We Loved: Brandon told me that he knew that dinner was going to be good as soon as he smelled it cooking in the oven (and in fact, he came downstairs while it was cooking away just to tell me as much). As it turned out, he was right – we both loved this recipe. The sauce that the pork was marinated in, baked in, and topped with was just wonderful and filled with flavors that were very true to classic Chinese-style dishes. I was struck with how perfectly balanced the sauce was – there was a nice bite from the green onions, a richness on your palate from the sesame oil and soy, just a touch of heat from the jalapeno, and a great lemony freshness from the ginger. We enjoyed this dish alongside some green beans that I seasoned with sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, garlic, and soy sauce for a meal that really surprised and delighted us both.
Tips: This recipe comes from a grilling cookbook, and the pork is intended to be grilled after it is marinated. I have a feeling that cooking the pork this way would be fantastic (particularly using a charcoal grill), and we’ll certainly be trying out that method when the weather warms up a bit more and we are grilling regularly.
Pork Loin Baked with Green Onions, Jalapeno, and Ginger
Source: Adapted from Bobby Flay, Grilling for Life
3 green onions, roughly chopped
1 jalapeno, stemmed and roughly chopped
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup lime juice
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb pork loin
1. Add the green onions, jalapeno, and ginger to a food processor, and process to a fine mince.
2. Pour the onion mixture into a bowl, and add the olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, and black pepper. Mix to combine.
3. Place the pork loin in a baking dish. Pour half of the marinade over the pork, and use your hands to turn and coat the pork in the marinade. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to 4 hours. Cover and reserve the other half of the marinade at room temperature.
4. Remove the pork loin from the refrigerator half an hour before cooking and allow it to come to room temperature. Bake at 400 degrees until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, about 25 minutes.
5. Let the pork rest for ten to fifteen minutes before slicing. Serve topped with the reserved marinade.