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.

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Ingredients

For the Roast
For the Gravy
For the Garnish

Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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