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Caribbean Pork with Bananas

Contributed by: NAPSA

A Guide For Celebrating Food And Family (NAPSA) - Looking for a fun way to spend time with the family while creating lasting memories and traditions? Then look no further than your kitchen! Cooking can be a great way to bring the family together, whether you're preparing daily meals or a special holiday feast, everyone can take part in the action. Some of the best childhood memories are created while whipping up cupcakes with mom or manning the grill with dad.

Caribbean Pork with Bananas
Involving children of all ages in the cooking process helps them to establish independence and learn to develop creativity. Cooking together as a family fosters a spirit of cooperation and teamwork, and most importantly, it's a great way to spend time as a family. And who knows? The next celebrity chef may be in your kitchen, just waiting to blossom!

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  • 3 medium-size yellow bananas
  • 1/2 cup Kikkoman Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 large clove garlic, pressed
  • 4 center-cut pork loin chops, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


Peel and finely chop 1 banana; combine with sweet & sour sauce, brown sugar, rum and garlic.

Trim excess fat from pork; sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Brown pork thoroughly in hot oil over medium-high heat in large skillet.

Pour in banana sauce mixture; turn pork over to coat both sides with sauce. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 50 minutes, or until pork is tender, turning pork over every 20 minutes.

Remove pork; keep warm.

Peel remaining bananas; cut each in half crosswise, then lengthwise in half. Arrange bananas in single layer in sauce; cook 1 minute. Carefully turn bananas over; cook 1 minute longer.

Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings



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