Cousin Carrie’s Perfect Pork Loin

by Heather on November 28, 2011

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.

Carrie, you rock anyway, but when you made this bad boy you pretty much changed our lives.  FOR-EV-ER :)


  • 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!

Pork loin for breakfast?  Yes please!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 28, 2011

The crust looks delicious on that! I’m not a mayo fan either but I may be convinced ;)


2 Anna @ On Anna's Plate November 28, 2011

I DO love mayo…so I know I’d love this if even a mayo-hater likes it :-)


3 Cassie November 28, 2011

I love Cavendar’s Greek seasoning, we use it a lot. This sounds so wonderful. I’m not a fan of mayo by itself but I like it in recipes. Sounds fantastic!


4 carpeseason November 28, 2011

I hate mayo too. I don’t even like saying the word. yeck


5 Cookin' Canuck November 28, 2011

When a recipe produces a pork loin as beautiful as that, there is no way that I can think you’re crazy!


6 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 28, 2011

We are opposites – I love mayo!! I love baking salmon with a mayo “crust” – it makes it so tender. I will definitely try this pork loin recipe too, thanks for sharing!


7 Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen November 28, 2011

Ooohhh I’m intrigued. I’ll have to see if I can find Cavendar’s at my local grocery store.


8 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather November 28, 2011

Oh that crust!!!! Looks like perfection.

Happy Monday !


9 Jessica @ How Sweet November 28, 2011

as a fellow mayo hated, i think you’re convinced me. it’s happening.


10 Beth Sylvester November 28, 2011

I saw this in my twitter feed this morning and ran out and bought a pork loin! I love to cook but pork loin Seems to be my Achilles heel… Anxious to this recipe!


11 Andrea November 28, 2011

Pork loin sounds great… but please tell- what’s the yellow rice looking thing with the pomegranate seeds?


12 Andrea November 28, 2011

because it looks beautiful and delicious!


13 Heather November 28, 2011

oh just wait…that’s coming later this week ;)


14 Lona December 22, 2012

Was wondering if you cover this while it bakes?


15 Heather December 23, 2012

I do not; the outside gets nice and toasty that way! When I take it out of the oven to rest I do a loose tent with tin foil though!


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