Do you ever think that a specific place, area, or season tastes like something? Hold…let me give you a few examples before you think I’m cray cray. To me, fall tastes like Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The beach tastes like crab dipped in butter sauce. Christmas tastes like hot chocolate. My home in North Carolina tastes like Chicken Pot Pie and Baked Potato Soup. The school where I teach tastes like kale salad (my lunch every day).
Maybe the better way to put it would be, “Do you ever think a specific place, area, or season is associated with certain food or certain flavors?” But my way of saying it is more fun. REJECT BORING THINGS.
Well, this pork tastes like summer. Legggiiiitttttt. Summer. As you take a bite and chew, you are hearing “Summer, summer, summer, summer, summer” in your head. For two reasons:
- The marinade
- The mango salsa
Let’s talk about those two things, shall we? We shall.
The marinade. It is hard to find words to accurately describe the deliciousness of this marinade. It is a blended puree of mango, lime juice, garlic, a little bit of red onion, and a touch of Sriracha. You pour this beautiful mixture over your pork and let it sit together and do its business for as long as your patience will allow you to wait.
(The longer the better, if your nose and taste buds don’t force you to end the party early.)
This marinade adds SO much amazing flavor to the pork. It could be a recipe all on its own, even without the mango salsa. But don’t do that to yourself, because the mango salsa kicks it up like fifty more notches 😍. Oh, excuse me. Fifty one more notches. My mistake….