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Crown Roast of Pork with Wild-Mushroom Stuffing

A pork crown roast, filled with our Wild-Mushroom Stuffing and garnished with glazed pears and kumquats, has all the classic appeal and hearty flavor of a traditional holiday main dish -- and an even more dramatic presence.

  • Servings: 12

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007

Ingredients

For the Roast

  • 1 1/2 pounds mixed vegetables, such as leeks, carrots, onions, and parsnips, cut into large pieces
  • About 5 cups water
  • 1 crown roast of pork (about 10 pounds), frenched
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Wild-Mushroom Stuffing

For the Gravy

  • 3/4 cup sweet Marsala wine
  • 1 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons demi-glace (optional)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

For the Garnish

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 to 8 small pears, halved lengthwise
  • 24 kumquats (about 2 cups), halved
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Kumquat leaves (optional)

Directions

  1. For the roast: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet. Add 1 cup water.

  2. Season pork all over with salt and pepper. Cover each exposed bone with foil to prevent it from burning. Place 2 to 3 cups stuffing loosely in center, forming a dome (do not pack). Cover stuffing loosely with parchment and then foil. Place pork on top of vegetables.

  3. Roast for 20 minutes. Reduce oven to 350 degrees, and continue to cook, basting roast and stuffing every 30 minutes and adding about 1 cup water each time to prevent vegetables from burning. Roast is done when a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of pork (without touching bone) registers 160 degrees, about 2 hours. Transfer roast to a plate, reserving pan juices and baking sheet and discarding the vegetables. Tent roast with foil, and let rest for at least 30 minutes.

  4. For the gravy: Pour reserved pan juices into a glass measuring cup or a gravy separator, and let stand until separated, about 10 minutes. Pour off fat. Strain remaining pan juices (you should have 1/2 cup; add stock if needed).

  5. Place reserved baking sheet over 2 burners on medium-high heat. Add Marsala, and stir with a wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. Strain into a saucepan, and stir in pan juices, stock, and demi-glace if using. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, and season with salt and pepper. Stir together flour and butter until smooth, and gradually whisk into simmering gravy. Cook until gravy is slightly thick and glossy, 3 to 5 minutes.

  6. Transfer stuffed roast to a serving platter. Stir any juices that have collected on plate into the gravy.

  7. For the garnish: Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears and kumquats, and cook until tender, about 9 minutes. Stir in honey, and cook until pears are golden, about 3 minutes.

  8. Garnish roast with pears, kumquats, and leaves if using. Serve with gravy and remaining stuffing.

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