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Pork Roast with White Beans and Cranberries

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 13 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces roast and 1/2 cup beans)
This rich dish balances sweet and tart flavors from the cranberries with savory notes from the pork and sage. Garnish each serving with a fresh sage sprig.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried navy beans (about 2 cups)
  • 1 (5-pound) pork shoulder blade roast, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced shallots (about 8 medium)
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 fresh sage sprigs
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Nutrition Information

  • calories 407
  • caloriesfromfat 32 %
  • fat 14.4 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • monofat 6.3 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 36.1 g
  • carbohydrate 34 g
  • fiber 8.7 g
  • cholesterol 103 mg
  • iron 4.4 mg
  • sodium 284 mg
  • calcium 83 mg

How to Make It

  1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain.

  2. Preheat oven to 350º.

  3. Sprinkle pork roast with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Rub surface of roast with 4 teaspoons minced sage. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add roast to pan; cook for 15 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove roast from pan. Add sliced shallots to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Return roast to pan. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, beans, 5 cups water, and sage sprigs to pan; bring to a simmer. Cover and bake at 350° for 2 hours. Add dried cranberries to pan; bake an additional 30 minutes or until roast is tender. Remove sage sprigs; discard. Remove roast from pan; shred pork with 2 forks. Sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons minced sage. Serve roast with bean mixture.