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A beautifully cooked roast makes a grand centerpiece for any dinner. In this episode, Martha shares three recipes — a rib roast, crown roast of pork, and stuffed turkey breast — each a lesson in key roasting techniques. She also offers tips to achieving the perfect roasts, including the best cuts for roasting and ways to ensure they stay juicy after cooking, plus serving suggestions for festive occasions.
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This Week’s Recipe
Crown Roast of Pork with Wild Rice Stuffing
Martha Stewart's crown roast of pork recipe appears in the "Perfect Roast" episode of Martha Stewart's Cooking School.
- Two 10-chop racks of pork from rib-chop section, chine removed and frenched
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
- Wild Rice Stuffing (below)
- Fresh rosemary sprigs, for garnish
- Plums, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place racks on a work surface. Using a sharp knife, cut a third of the way through the meat between every two rib chops. (This will help the roast bend and stand upright.) Using a trussing needle and cotton kitchen twine, tie the ends of one rack to the ends of the second rack, being sure that the meat side of each rack faces outward. Tie a second piece of twine around the crown directly below the rib bones. Season with salt and pepper; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine olive oil, zest, garlic, parsley, and sage; rub herb mixture evenly over meat. Transfer roast to a flat rack placed in a large heavy-duty roasting pan.
- Roast for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 375 degrees and continue roasting, rotating halfway through, until meat is well browned and an instant-read thermometer registers 140 to 150 degrees, about 2 hours 15 minutes. (Insert thermometer into meaty center of crown, avoiding any bone. Take several readings to ensure roast is cooked all over.)
- Remove from oven; let stand 20 minutes on the rack before transferring it to a serving platter. Remove twine and fill with cooked Wild Rice Stuffing. Garnish with rosemary and plums.
Yield: 12-18 servings
Wild Rice Stuffing
Martha Stewart's wild rice stuffing recipe appears in the "Perfect Roast" episode of Martha Stewart's Cooking School.
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
- 4 celery ribs, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 5 large cloves garlic, finely minced
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 8 ounces sweet fennel sausage, casings removed
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- ½ cup Calvados, or white wine
- 6 cups cooked wild rice
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- 20 dried apricot halves, quartered
- 12 dried pitted prunes, halved
- Unsalted butter, for baking dish
- Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spread almonds on a baking pan, and toast until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove pan from oven, and set almonds aside to cool.
- Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan set over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 7 minutes.
- Increase heat to high, and add rosemary and sage; season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking until vegetables are golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat; stir in parsley. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl, and set aside. Return pan to heat.
- Crumble sausage, separating meat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to saute pan. Add sausage, and cook, stirring and breaking up meat until well browned, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Transfer sausage to bowl with reserved vegetables. Return pan to heat.
- Add remaining tablespoon olive oil to pan. Add apple, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add Calvados. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up any brown bits on bottom of pan. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute.
- Remove pan from heat, and transfer mixture to bowl with sausage and vegetables. Add wild and white rice, apricots, prunes, and reserved toasted almonds. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a buttered baking dish and bake at 375 degrees until browned and heated through.
Yield: 12-18 servings