Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's for dinner?

Tonight in the Perkins house it's: Thyme-Scented Honey-Glazed Pork Roast with Cider-Stewed Parsnips, Potatoes and Pears

This is one of mine...but I'm sure others have made this, or a version of it.

1 5lb boneless pork roast
3 Anjou pears, quartered, cores removed, and cut into 1inch chunks
3 medium parsnips, quartered and cut into 1 inch chunks
3 medium red potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
olive oil
salt, pepper, and dried thyme
1/4 to 1/2 cup apple cider

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
* In a 9x13 casserole dish, place your piggy roast, fat side up. Arrange parsnips, potatoes and pears around, but don't cover the roast.
* Drizzle veggies with olive oil; sprinkle meat and veggies with salt, pepper and dried thyme. (I'm of the opinion that when it comes to thyme, more is always better, but that's just me.)
* Use a spoon to gently toss veggies to coat with the oil and seasonings.
* Pour cider into bottom of casserole dish.
* Drizzle honey over veggies and roast (generously over roast); don't stir veggies this time.
* Cover with foil and roast at 350 degrees for 40 minutes; test for doneness (a meat thermometer will read 165 degrees) --if it needs more time, check every ten minutes. The cider will keep everything moist, but there's still the risk of a dried out piggy roast. Ick.
* Let the roast stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving.

I have also made this in a slow cooker:
* Place veggies (and pear) in the bottom of a slow cooker, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with seasonings and toss to coat.
* Place roast, fat side up, on top of veggies, sprinkle with seasonings and drizzle with honey (generously)
*Pour cider into cooker, cover, and cook on low heat 6 hours. This is simply lovely to come home to at the end of the day: your house smells soooooo good, and dinner's waiting for you and your family, instead of the other way around.

(And if I could get Blogger to load my photos, I would have given you step by step images. I'm going to have my tech-guy husband try to sort this out, because a blog without pictures is just no fun. And because I have an adorable tea tray that I made ALL BY MYSELF that I want to share...and I can't. Gr. Anyway, enjoy your dinner!!!! Oh, and the apple chips from Hello Natural? They were FABULOUS! My five year old LOVED them. He was even nice enough to share.)

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