This recipe was given to me by my mother's friend when I was a newlywed. I was in a panic over what to serve to guests, and she suggested this. It was a big hit, and I've continued serving it for the past 40 years.
Good old-fashioned pot roast has a new mouthwatering flavor the way Deby Kominski prepares it. "This colorful dish makes an appealing holiday meal," she writes from Honesdale, Pennsylvania. "The cranberries mixed with horseradish give the beef terrific taste. You can add any vegetables you like to make it more unique."—Deby Kominski, Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Your family and friends won't believe you when you reveal the "secret ingredients" for this flavorful pork roast—peanut butter! I've served this roast to guests for years, and I can't tell you how many times I've sent copies of the recipe home with guests. For a change of taste, you can substitute toasted walnuts for peanuts and use walnut oil instead of peanut butter.
I added roasted apples, cherries and onions to turn ordinary pork into a "break-away" dish and I haven't turned back since. There is a short time frame between caramelized onions and burnt ones, so pay close attention once they start cooking. —Josh Downey, McHenry, Illinois
Daddy was a close friend of the local butcher, Mr. Mason, who always saved the preferred cut for his best customer! To please Daddy, that roast had to be big enough so he could count on leftovers for cold beef sandwiches the following week. —Mary Lewis, Memphis, Tennessee
Meet the Cook: Since I was in 4-H, I've been an avid cook. This recipe's one my mother-in-law and I developed together. The topping also goes great with pork chops, lean sausage balls or patties and ham.
My husband and I have seven children, 15 grandchildren and one on the way. Gardening's our favorite pastime.
-Paula Neal, Dolores, Colorado
This isn't really an ethnic dish...we named it "Bohemian" because my husband is of Bohemian extraction—and he loves this pot roast! I love it, too, because it's so easy to prepare and serve. You can put this "meal in one dish" together to cook, then practically forget about it until dinnertime. Coleslaw is a great accompaniment.
"I THINK what I enjoy most about Ukrainian cooking is the smells it creates. This pork roast reminds me of my mother's kitchen—it smells wonderful! My mother canned and preserved in the fall and always used applesauce to glaze the meat. That's probably why I associate the sweet aroma of this hearty stick-to-your-ribs meal with cooler weather."
I make this roast every Christmas, much to the delight of family and friends. The recipe was passed down from my mother, so I've been using it for years. The succulent stuffing is oh-so-tasty!
—Martha Forte, East Setauket, New York