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Crown Roast of Pork with Apple, Cranberry and Pecan Stuffing

This recipe makes enough stuffing to fill the cavity of the crown roast plus extra stuffing that can be cooked in a 2-quart baking dish, as instructed below. If desired, you can halve the stuffing recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 crown roast of pork with 24 ribs
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 Fuji or McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 1 lb. dried bread croutons
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries  
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken or turkey stock, warmed

Directions:

Generously season the roast on all sides with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion, celery and apples and sauté until tender and caramelized, 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, add the croutons, cranberries and pecans and stir to evenly distribute the ingredients. Add the stock 1 cup at a time, stirring to evenly moisten the croutons. Season the stuffing with salt and pepper.

Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400°F.

Place the roast in a large roasting pan and spoon 7 cups of the stuffing into the center of the roast. Roast for 1 hour, then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Continue roasting until the meat is slightly pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat, away from the bone, registers 145°F, 40 to 50 minutes more, or until done to your liking.

Meanwhile, spoon the remaining stuffing into a buttered 2-quart baking dish and cover with foil. After the roast has cooked for 1 hour, transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover the dish and continue baking until the stuffing is crisp and golden, 20 to 25 minutes more.

Using 2 large metal spatulas, carefully transfer the roast to a large carving board, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

To serve, scoop the stuffing from the center of the roast onto individual plates and carve the roast between the bones. Serves 24.

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