I love making this slow-cooked dish for chilly fall dinners with my family—the comforting apple-cinnamon aroma fills our whole house. The pork roast tastes even better served with homemade mashed potatoes.—Rachel Schultz, Lansing, Michigan
From Hendersonville, North Carolina, Karyn Joyner shares this enticing pork roast and chunky tomato sauce. After reducing the tangy sauce on her stovetop, she uses a portion of it to flavor the pork, serving the extra on the side at dinner.
"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."
Whenever I make this dish for friends and family, I'm reminded of the wonderful scent of the Maine orchards where we picked our own apples every fall until we moved to Missouri last year. The aroma of the pork and apples certainly takes the chill out of crisp autumn air.
-Louise Keithley, Columbia, Missouri
A tender, savory pork roast gets dressed up for the holidays in this tangy apricot sauce. It's wonderful old-fashioned dish that's a family favorite. It looks so pretty on the table. —Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas
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
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
I REMEMBER this recipe from my childhood. My German grandmother made this roast every Sunday - it was our equivalent to everyone else's customary fried chicken dinner.
There were many happy times spent around Grandma's kitchen table enjoying this tasty meal.
-Mary Ann Morgan, Cedartown, Georgia