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Crown Pork Roast with Apple-Cranberry Stuffing

For something different this holiday season, give your guests the royal treatment by serving this impressive pork roast. The fruity stuffing doubles as a side dish. —Donna Goutermont, Juneau, Alaska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2-1/4 hours + cooling
  • Makes
    14 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1 pork crown roast (14 ribs and about 9 pounds)
  • STUFFING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups soft whole grain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Directions

  • Combine the salt, pepper and sage. Place roast, rib ends up, in a large shallow roasting pan; sprinkle with salt mixture. Cover rib ends with foil. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/2 hours.
  • For stuffing, melt butter in a large skillet. Add onion and celery; saute until tender. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the apples, cranberries, thyme, salt and pepper. Add bread crumbs and toss to coat. Stir in broth.
  • Carefully spoon stuffing into the center of roast. Bake 45-60 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 145°. Transfer to a warm serving platter. Remove foil. Let roast stand for 15 minutes. Cut between ribs to serve.
Nutrition Facts
1 rib with 1/2 cup stuffing: 472 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 761mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 42g protein.

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