Crown Roast of Pork with Chestnut Stuffing
- 1 (16-rib) crown roast of pork (about 8 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound ground pork sausage
- 1 small onion, chopped (about 2/3 cup)
- 1/3 cup chopped celery
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 8 ounces French bread, cut into 1/2
- 1 (11-ounce) jar shelled chestnuts, coarsely chopped*
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Dash of salt
- 1/2 cup half-and-half
- Garnishes: lady apples, fresh thyme sprigs, flat-leaf parsley
- Brush roast with oil; sprinkle on all sides with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place roast, bone ends up, in a shallow roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer, making sure it does not touch fat or bone. Bake at 475° for 15 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 325°, and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, brown sausage in a large nonstick skillet, stirring until it crumbles. Remove from skillet, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet; drain. Cook onion, celery, and garlic in skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until tender; remove from heat.
- Combine sausage, onion mixture, bread cubes, and next 6 ingredients, mixing well. Pour half-and-half over stuffing, stirring gently until blended. Spoon 3 cups stuffing into center of roast, mounding slightly. Cover stuffing and exposed ends of ribs with aluminum foil; spoon remaining stuffing into a greased 11" x 7" x 1 1/2" baking dish.
- Bake roast and dish of stuffing at 325° for 40 minutes or until thermometer registers 160°. Transfer roast to a large serving platter; remove foil. Let stand 10 minutes before carving. Garnish, if desired.
- *To roast your own chestnuts, you'll need 1 pound fresh chestnuts. Cut a slit in each chestnut shell. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes; cool. Discard shells.
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