Crown Roast of Pork with Apple-Cranberry Stuffing

Crown Roast of Pork with Apple-Cranberry Stuffing

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 1 large onion, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1 medium celery stalk, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 8 cups soft whole-grain bread cubes
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 ½ tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves or ½ tsp dried thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 medium apples, chopped (2 cups)
  • ½ cup Progresso chicken broth (from 32 oz ctn) or water

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. In small bowl, mix 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper and 1 tsp dried thyme to rub over pork.
  2. Place pork, bone ends up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Wrap bone ends with foil to prevent excessive browning. Insert meat thermometer, so tip is in the thickest part of pork and does not touch bone or rest in fat. Place a small heatproof bowl or crumbled-foil in crown to hold its shape. Do not add water.
  3. Roast uncovered 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours 20 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F.
  4. In 10 inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion and celery in butter about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender; remove from heat. In large bowl, thoroughly mix onion mixture and remaining stuffing ingredients except broth. Add broth; toss. One hour before pork is done, fill center of crown with stuffing. Cover stuffing only with foil during first 30 minutes.
  5. When pork is done, place on warm platter, cover with tent of foil and let stand 15 to 20 minutes or until thermometer reads 170°F. (Temperature will continue to rise about 5 degrees F and pork with be easier to carve as juices set up.)
  6. Remove foil; place paper frills on bone ends if desired. To serve, spoon stuffing into bowl and cut pork between ribs.