Fruit-Stuffed Crown Roast
Absolutely sensational is the only way to describe this crown roast! Moist and full of fruit-flavored stuffing, it's a natural choice for any dinner that calls for a special presentation.—Shaaron Hetland, Chilliwack, British Columbia
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 3 hours + standing
- 1-1/2 cups red currant jelly
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur or juice
- 1 pork crown rib roast (16 ribs and about 8 pounds)
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 6 cups unseasoned stuffing cubes
- 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) apricot halves, drained and quartered
- 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
- 1 large tart apple, peeled and chopped
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- In a small saucepan, heat jelly and orange liqueur over low heat until jelly is melted; brush over roast. Place roast on a rack in a large shallow roasting pan. Cover rib ends with foil. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 2 hours.
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir until tender. Transfer to a large bowl; add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Carefully spoon stuffing into center of roast. Bake 1 hour longer or until a thermometer reads 160° in meat and stuffing.
- Transfer to a serving platter; let stand for 10-15 minutes. Discard foil. Cut between ribs to serve.
Editor's Note: Extra stuffing may be baked, covered, in a greased baking dish for 45-60 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.