Roasted Pork Loin with Fried Plantains
- 1 boneless pork loin, about 3 lb., tied
- 1 1⁄2 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste
- 2 Tbs. Oaxacan grilling paste
- 2 yellow onions, sliced 1⁄4 inch thick
- 1⁄3 cup Oaxacan grilling drizzle
- 4 cups canola oil
- 2 plantains, peeled and cut into 1⁄4-inch rounds
using a mandoline
Let the pork stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Preheat an oven to 475°F.
In a bowl, combine the onions and 1 Tbs. of the grilling drizzle and stir to combine. Transfer the onions to a small roasting pan. Put the pork on top of the onions and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375°F and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat registers 140°F, about 30 minutes more. Transfer the pork to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a deep sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil to 350°F on a deep-frying thermometer. Carefully place the plantains in the oil and fry until just starting to turn golden, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Using the back of a chef's knife or a meat pounder, gently press the plantains into flat rounds.
Return the plantains to 350°F oil and fry until light golden and crisp, about 1 minute. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt.
Cut the pork into 1/2-inch slices and sprinkle with the remaining grilling drizzle. Serve with the plantains and onions. Serves 6.