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Truly one of the most magnificent of all holiday entrees!
Impress your guest with this attractive Roasted Crown Loin of Pork. It is a real show stopper!
A crown roast is usually done with lamb, veal, or pork. It makes for a handsome display for any dinner party. It is called a crown because it is two rib racks (usually 12 ribs from
one pork loin) that are bent into a circle and then tied together with kitchen twine. The meatiest portion of the ribs forms the bottom of the crown and face inward.
A crown roast comes from the rib portion of the loin - perhaps the tastiest of all cuts. The rib chops are "frenched," then they are slightly cut and cracked at the bone
so that they can be bent into a crown shape. Before roasting, the center is filled with an interesting stuffing. Before serving, frills are often added to the top of the
bones to dress up the crown and to make for easier eating.
Roasted Crown Loin of Pork - Pork Crown Roast Recipe
Yields: 10 to 12 servings
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 3 hr
Fruit Stuffing (see recipe below)
Whole loin of pork, tied into a circular crown
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
4 strips bacon
Where To Buy A Crown Pork Roast? Generally a pork crown is ordered ahead of time from a local butcher shop or gourmet market. It is rarely found in your supermarket meat
counter. Either "french" the bones yourself or have your butcher do it for you. This means to trim away at least one inch of meat from the top of the bone. Usually the
supplier can provide the paper frills along with the roast (if not use aluminum foil).
To make a crown roast of pork, purchase two pork racks
and tie them into a circular crown. Your roast will be moister if the butcher
doesn't trim the big slab of fat that usually comes with this cut - cut the fat
off after the roast is cooked. The easiest way is to have your butcher trim the loin and form it into a crown and
tie it with a string. Also ask him to cut away the meat from the top bones so that the roast really resembles a crown.
How Many Servings? It is generally suggest that you plan 3/4 to 1 pound
per person which is approximately one (1) rib bone per person. The average Crown Roast will serve about 8 to 10
people. If you are serving fewer people, ask you butcher to tie a smaller roasts for you.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Position oven rack in the bottom third of the oven.
Prepare Fruit Stuffing; set aside until ready to use.
In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper; rub the mixture over the outer fat of the crown loin of pork.
In a medium frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon until well done; remove
from back from the pan and crumble into small pieces. Place the crumbled bacon
pieces back into the frying pan with the back fat and mix together. Brush the outside bone of the pork with
the crumbled bacon and bacon fat mixture.
Place roast, bone tips up, on rack in a shallow
roasting pan. Fill the center of the crown (cavity) with the prepared Fruit Stuffing. Place aluminum foil over the Fruit
Stuffing to hold moisture in and keep the fruit from drying out. Also place a small piece of aluminum foil over each of the bone tips so that they will not burn.
Bake 10 minutes, uncovered, iat 450°F. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. and continue to roast until the internal temperature reaches the desired temperature
of 140° to 145°F on a
meat thermometer, approximately 2 1/2 hours. (Allow about 20 to 25 minutes per
pound for roasting.) Rotate roasting pan halfway through cooking time. During the last 15 minutes of cooking time, remove the aluminum foil from the Fruit
Stuffing and bone tips to allow them to brown.
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When roast is done cooking, carefully transfer roast to a warm serving platter.
(It is advised to have someone to assist with this - place a spatula under the middle of the roast to
help hold the stuffing in.) Tent with aluminum foil and let roast stand 15
minutes before serving and carving (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees
after it is removed from the oven). Before serving, pour off the fat juices from the pan
As the whole Crown of Roast makes a beautiful presentation, present your Crown of
Roast to your guests before cutting.
Carving the roast: Remove the Fruit Stuffing to a serving bowl before cutting the
pork. Using a long, sharp knife, cut the roast into 1-rib servings. Each serving will yield a bone with a nice wedge of meat
attached to it, and a "filet" from each rib. Allow about 3/4 pound to 1 pound per
person, or approximately one bone per person.
Serve with a spoonful of the Fruit Stuffing.
Serves 10 to 12 people.
1 cup butter
20 slices bread, cut into cubes
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried prunes
apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into medium-sized cubes
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter; when it is bubbling, add onions and allow to cook until they are soft, but not brown. Add bread cubes; stirring until mixed.
Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, parboil apricots and prunes in water for about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and drain; cut into small pieces.
Add these to the prepared bread mixture. Add apples, stirring to mix thoroughly. Add salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.
(If the mixture feels dry and has not melded well, add a little water, wine, or bouillon.)