A royal feast: The stuffed pork crown roast

Chances are you’ve been seeing lots of turkeys and hams so far this holiday season—and don’t get me wrong, those are two of my absolute favorite things to feast on this time of year. But say you want to serve something spectacularly festive, and just a little bit unexpected, to your family and friends for the holidays….

Then you’ve got to go for the stuffed pork crown roast, one of the most stunning dishes ever to grace a December dinner table. Think about it: a majestic presentation of an ultra-juicy, 16-bone pork crown roast, served with a delicious seasonal stuffing made with apples, cranberries, onions, rosemary, sage, and a tinge of maple brown sugar. It’s impossible not to go back for seconds!

The Allen Brothers pork crown roast is incredibly easy to prepare. Make sure to defrost it in the refrigerator well ahead of time: It can take up to three days to thaw. As for the stuffing, defrost it in the refrigerator about a day ahead of time.

To prepare the roast once it’s thawed, just brush it with olive oil inside and out and season it with generous amounts of salt, pepper, and garlic. Then roast it in the center of the oven, on a roasting rack or a heavy roasting pan, for about 2 to 2 ½ hours, until the internal temperature reaches 150F. Let it rest for half an hour before you serve it (during that time the internal temperature should hit 160F).

The stuffing is so easy too: Once it’s defrosted and you’ve removed it from the bag, place it in an oven-safe dish and bake it for 30 to 40 minutes or until the temperature reaches 150F. Then arrange the stuffing in the center of the roast and fluff it up as you go.

Voila. Dinner is served! Get ready to knock your guests’ socks off. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about? Delicious surprises, and beautiful, memorable moments with friends and family.

Wishing you a very merry holiday season!

Allie B.

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