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Crown Roast with Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe
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Crown Roast with Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe

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My mom made this tender, juicy crown roast for Christmas once. It was an impressive and memorable change from traditional stuffing. —Christine Frazier, Auburndale, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pork crown roast (16 ribs and about 9 pounds)
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • STUFFING:
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 2 teaspoons salt, optional
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds seasoned bulk pork sausage
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH:
  • Fresh kale and pickled whole beets

Nutritional Facts

1 rib with 3/4 cup stuffing equals 387 calories, 20 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 356 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 32 g protein.

Directions

  1. Combine the salt, thyme, fennel and pepper; sprinkle over roast. Place on a rack in a large shallow roasting pan. Cover rib ends with foil. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 145°, basting occasionally with apple juice.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring water, rice and salt if desired to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until rice is tender.
  3. In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onions in butter until tender. Transfer to a large bowl. In same skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Drain rice; add rice and sausage to mushroom mixture and stir until blended.
  4. Remove roast from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove foil. Spoon stuffing into center of roast. Garnish platter with kale and beets if desired. To serve, carve between ribs. Yield: 16 servings (12 cups stuffing).
Originally published as Crown Roast with Wild Rice Stuffing in Taste of Home February/March 2009, p66

Nutritional Facts

1 rib with 3/4 cup stuffing equals 387 calories, 20 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 356 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 32 g protein.

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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