Crown Roast of Pork with Apple Cornbread Stuffing and Cider Reduction

By: Marge Perry & David Bonom

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Ingredients

For the Stuffing:

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 medium of onions chopped
5 garlic cloves minced
3 celery ribs chopped
2 carrots chopped
2 tablespoons of chopped oregano
2 teaspoons of chopped thyme
3 granny smith apples cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 cup of dried cranberries
10 cups of cubed day old cornbread
1 cup of apple cider
2 large of eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper   

For the Pork:   

1 (16-rib) of crown roast of pork about 10 1/2 pounds
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1 cup of apple cider
Cider Reduction:
4 cups of apple cider
1/2 cup of cider vinegar
1/3 cup of light brown sugar

Directions

  1. For the stuffing, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the onions, garlic, celery, carrots, oregano and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Add the apples and cranberries and cook until slightly softened, 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and add the cornbread, cider, eggs, salt and pepper; mix well.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Lightly oil a shallow roasting pan.
  3. Season the pork inside and out with the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Set the pork in the roasting pan and loosely fill with 2 cups of the stuffing. Place the remaining stuffing in a lightly oiled baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Roast pork in the lower third of the oven for 20 minutes. Loosely cover the stuffing and rib tips. Pour cider and 1 cup water into the roasting pan. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F; cook 1 hour longer. Pour another 1 cup water into the pan and continue roasting until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast, without touching the bone, registers, 150°F. , about 70-80 minutes longer. Remove from the oven, transfer roast to a cutting board and loosely tent with foil.
  5. Place baking dish with stuffing in the oven and roast 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, pour the pan juices into a cup and let stand 5 minutes to allow fat to rise to the top; discard fat. Pour pan juices into a medium saucepan and add the cider, vinegar and sugar; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced by 1/2, about 18-20 minutes.
  7. Remove stuffing from the roast, slice roast between the bones into 16 chops. Serve pork with stuffing and cider reduction.