Some of you are going to think I’m crazy, but that’s OK. Make this and my lunacy will suddenly disappear!
Now I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I truly hate mayonnaise. I don’t like the texture, I don’t like the smell, I don’t like the taste. The first time I heard about this dish from Nate’s cousin Carrie I thought I was going to gag…good thing I’d already tasted it and LOVED it! If I hadn’t you can bet there’s no way I’d ever make it again.
It’s a lot like that amazing turkey that I made a few weeks ago – the mayonnaise makes it moist and gives it a good crust on the outside. And most importantly? It doesn’t taste like mayonnaise at all.
The thing I love about this recipe is that it is FOOLPROOF. You see, roasting large portions of meat kind of scares me – whole birds, loins, roasts, etc. Ever since my Sanitation course in college where I learned about every foodborne illness in the universe and how we can all die by being idiots about handling our food? Yeah, not cooking things all the way has kind of scared me ever since then. There is no food thermometer accurate enough for my liking, and so I can sometimes over-cook things like loins and roasts.
But this? This is never over-cooked, always juicy, and always has tons of flavor. In short it should be on your menu this week and every other week for the rest of your life.
- 1 2-3 lb pork loin (or pork loin roast)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise (you want the real deal – no light mayo or miracle whip for this!)
- Cavendar’s Greek Seasoning (if you want to control the amount of salt they offer a salt-free version as well), about 1/4 cup
Preheat your oven to 450. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Place the loin in the middle of the sheet and rub all sides with mayonnaise – it’s gross, and if you’re like me and don’t like the smell make sure you hold your breath! Wash your hands very well and then sprinkle all sides (minus the bottom) of the loin liberally with the Greek seasoning. Once the oven hits 450 place the pork loin on the middle rack and shut the door – it has to STAY SHUT for the next 90 minutes! Roast at 450 for 45 minutes, then turn the oven off, making sure to leave the door shut – don’t check on it, and leave it in the hot oven for another 45 minutes. I know you think I’m crazy, but follow those directions and you will come out with the juiciest, best-tasting pork loin of your life. Promise!