Stuffed with Sausage and Herb Dressing, this delicious recipe is a tradition dating back to medieval days to celebrate the start of the New Year.

Crown Roast of Pork with Sausage and Herb Stuffing

Crown Roast of Pork with Sausage and Herb Stuffing
 
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Recipe type: Pork Chop
Serves: 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1 crown roast of pork with 16 chops, about 6 pounds
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Sausage and Herb Stuffing:
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 1 large celery stalk, in 1/4" dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound bulk sweet pork sausage, crumbled
  • 2 1/2 Cups fresh herbed bread crumbs, (recipe follows)
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1/4 Cup chicken stock, approximately
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Herbed Bread Crumbs:
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, or
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, or
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
Instructions
  1. Position rack in middle of oven and preheat to 400 . Set crown roast on a rack in roasting pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast, uncovered, on middle rack for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 32 and, basting frequently with pan juices, continue roasting for 45 minutes.
  2. Sausage and Herb Stuffing: In a large frying pan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add onion and celery and saute, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 15 minutes. Add garlic and sausage and cook, stirring, until sausage is browned, about 10 minutes longer. Using a slotted spoon, transf sausage mixture to a bowl. Discard the fat in the pan.
  3. Add bread crumbs and egg to sausage mixture. Add enough chicken stock j to moisten the stuffing, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix we Mound stuffing in center of crown roast and return roast to oven. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of roast away from bone registers 150 or a chop is pale pink when cut in the center, about 3 minutes longer. (Check periodically and cover the rib ends with foil if th brown before the meat is done).
  4. Remove roast from oven, cover with a large piece of foil and let stand 10 minutes before carving.
  5. Serves 6 - 8.
  6. Herbed Bread Crumbs: The best bread to use is a coarse-textured white bread that can be purchased sliced in 1- or 1-1/2-pound loaves.
  7. Cut the crust off bread and discard. Tear bread into pieces. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade or in a blender, combine bread, salt a pepper. Process bread until it forms coarse crumbs. Add thyme and rosemary and pulse a few times just until well mixed. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 year.
  8. Makes about 1 cup. (You will need to triple this recipe for use with Sausage and Herb Stuffing)
Notes
See your butcher for a crown roast. Unless you're an expert butcher, putting this together is difficult. Have the butcher "French" the ribs, and when cooking, be sure to cover the rib ends with aluminum foil to protect them from burning. Optionally, you may wish to apply paper frills (covers) to the rib ends just before serving.

To serve, cut meat between rib bones. Accompany each serving with a spoonful of stuffing.

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