Crown Roast of Pork with Wild Rice Apple & Pecan Stuffing

Elegant Crown Roast of Pork with Wild Rice Apple & Pecan Stuffing will “wow” your guests for Christmas or a special occasion.
This is an elegant and easy dinner perfect for Christmas! Healthy Crown Roast of Pork with Wild Rice Apple & Pecan Stuffing

I just love the way a crown roast of pork looks. It makes me think of elegant, sophisticated dinners. It happens to be very easy too, if you let your butcher do all the work. Tell them you want a crown roast of pork, frenched and tied. Frenched means that they have cleaned the meat off the end of the rib bones. You can certainly do this at home, but it is a little time-consuming. The “wow” factor of a crown roast of pork is my favorite part. People always “oh and ah” when I set it on the table. I recently served this for a Halloween party. It feels very medieval to me. I think about sitting at a long table in a castle with goblets of wine and ladies dressed in their finest. I think it is the bones sticking up from the top that elicit that response from me . You can make it more sophisticated and special by buying those cute little chefs hats to go on top of the rib bones. That would be a more elegant presentation for Christmas.

This is an elegant and easy dinner perfect for Christmas! Healthy Crown Roast of Pork with Wild Rice Apple & Pecan Stuffing

Crown Roast of Pork was a huge hit at my party. I had plenty of stuffing to fill the pork and bake some in a baking dish. Strangely enough, I don’t like stuffing inside a turkey, but I absolutely, positively adored the stuffing in the pork. That luscious pork flavor permeated the stuffing, yum yum! The baked stuffing was still delicious on its own. So go ahead and make it for a special occasion at your house. Some things to know about a crown roast of pork. It is actually a rib pork loin that is wrapped in a circle with the ribs standing up. It needs to be large enough to create the circle. You want to buy about one rib per person. I bought a 10 rib pork loin which feed 7 of us at a dinner party, and we had leftovers the next night. Make friends with the butcher at your local grocery store or butcher shoppe. They will quickly become a best friend and save you so much time and energy with your meat.

This is an elegant and easy dinner perfect for Christmas! Healthy Crown Roast of Pork with Wild Rice Apple & Pecan Stuffing

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Crown Roast of Pork with Wild Rice Apple & Pecan Stuffing

30 minPrep Time

1 hr, 30 Cook Time

2 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 10-rib pork loin, membrane between the rib bones slit so pork can curl into a circle*
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tbsp. rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • Zest of lemon
  • Stuffing:
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
  • 2 cups wild rice blend
  • 3 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  1. In a spice grinder, grind garlic, rosemary, sage, salt, pepper and zest into a paste.
  2. Rub onto the pork, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Take the pork out 1 hour before cooking.
  4. Adjust oven rack to the lower middle position in the oven. Preheat oven to 450*.
  5. Place a wire rack sprayed with non-stick cooking spray inside a large roasting pan.
  6. Place roast bone side down onto the wire rack inside the roasting pan.
  7. Roast for 30 minutes.
  8. Turn the oven down to 325*.
  9. Flip the roast over and cook for another hour. If the bones are getting too brown, cover with foil.
  10. Add the stuffing and continue to cook until the pork is 140*. Transfer to a carving board and tent loosely with foil. Let rest for 20 minutes.
  11. Stuffing:
  12. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
  13. Add the onions, celery, mushrooms and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
  14. Add the pecans and sauté for 2 minutes.
  15. Stir in the apples and rice. Cook for 1 minute.
  16. Add the chicken broth, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.
  17. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
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Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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This is an elegant and easy dinner perfect for Christmas! Healthy Crown Roast of Pork with Wild Rice Apple & Pecan Stuffing

Comments

  1. How elegant! Perfect for entertaining. And the stuffing sounds absolutely divine.
  2. I have ALWAYS wanted to do a stuffed crown roast for Christmas, but my in laws insist on turkey every year. this year we are traveling, but next year for sure, this is on my table!! such a gorgeous presentation
  3. Gorgeous!!! I'm a little intimidated by this kind of thing, but one day I will conquer it. :) I love that you used wild rice instead of bread in the stuffing.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thank you Julie. A crown roast of pork is actually very simple especially if your butcher does the hard work of trimming.
  4. This looks like a very hearty and full meal for the whole family to enjoy. The photos are perfect and inviting.
  5. Nothing beats a crown roast for the holidays. This is gorgeous and I want to dig right in. That stuffing is absolutely amazing.
  6. Love the drama that comes with doing a crown roast! And the stuffing sounds divine with all the juices flowing into it! Is cooking the meat bone-side down first primarily to brown the underside?
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Martin, I find that it is more moist. The pork is basting itself as it cooks, plus you do get the bonus of some browning.
  7. I've always been so intimidated by a crown roast of pork, but you make it look doable! I want to see the inside! haha Such an elegant addition to the holiday table!
  8. This recipe is destined to become a holiday favorite.
  9. Looks amazing and perfect for a holiday dinner!
  10. I have never made a crown roast before, but this looks and sounds perfect for an impressive holiday dinner! :)
  11. This is a such a pretty dinner! I love t you stuffed it with rice. A perfect dinner for company!
  12. This is a great Cristmas dinner show stopper! I think I could get the same pretty results

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