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Roasted Pork Shoulder with Apples and Potatoes

cider brined pork shoulder
It is another one of those Sunday's when I have awoken thinking about diner.  As I sit here enjoying my steaming coffee, I cannot get a whole lot of motivation to find an adventure outside this morning in the cold drizzle, interrupted by bursts of pouring rain.  Instead a warm stove and the apples on the counter beckon.  Comfort food is on my mind.

We often had pork roast on Sunday because it was my Nana's favorite.  Today the other white meat is one of the first things I think of when planning a cozy meal.  When we used to be a vendor at the Springfield Farmers' Market I was in heaven because I had weekly access to both the apples and fresh cut bounty from Outlook Farm.  And then Red Fire Farm would provide the sweet and red potatoes.  This is easy, delicious and satisfying.  With staples from your local farmers market it is easy to whip up this special dish in a pinch.

Roasted Pork Shoulder with Apples and Potatoes



  • 2 1/2 lb boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 cup Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum
  • 1 cup Cider (use 2 cups cider if you would rather not use rum)
  • 4 red potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 3 tbsp Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
  • 1 tart Granny Smith or McIntosh apple - peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter, sliced

The night before, soak pork in Rum and cider, 1 1/2 tbsp Jamaican Jerk Seasoning and enough water to cover the meat.  Refrigerate. 

roasted pork shoulder with apples and potatoes

Preheat oven or grill to 425 F. Place the pork roast in a medium baking dish. Rub Roast thoroughly with remaining Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. Sear meat on all sides for 5 minutes each.  Arrange potatoes around the roast. Place apples over the roast and potatoes.  Seal baking dish tightly with foil. Reduce heat to 325 f. Cook 4 hours in the preheated oven, or until the internal temperature of the pork has reached 185 F.  Allow to sit covered for 30 minutes.

Roasted pork shoulder with apples and potatoes

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What you've shared:

Elena Palacios • yummy!!!

Sheryl Paul • Sounds wonderful, and I have all the ingredients.

Alexander DiMare • Now, that is a warm, tasty autumn meal ~ thank you for sharing.

Photo Credit: Julie Cecchini

Sausage and Apple Stuffing, with Cranberries

Apple-stuffing-rs-524248-xI am starting to think about Thanksgiving....

This is my favorite stuffing for Turkey.  It was inspired by an impromptu Sunday Dinner when we were making use of whatever we had on hand.  That included a heritage Turkey from Barnum and Buckley and Sausage and Apples from Outlook Farm.

  • 12 cups croutons
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 6 cups chopped leeks
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 tart apples - chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp Turkey Trimmings Blend
  • 1 1/3 cups chicken stock

Saute sausage (casings removed) in a large skillet over medium heat, crumbling coarsely, for about 10 min. Remove sausage to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Empty pan of grease. Into the same pan melt the butter. Add the leeks or onions, apples, and celery. Saute; until softened, about 10 min. Add the Turkey Trimmings Blend, dried cranberries and cooked sausage. Mix all with the dried bread cubes. Moisten with the chicken stock. Stuff turkey with about 5 cups for a 14 pound turkey. Add additional chicken stock to moisten stuffing if needed. Remaining stuffing can be baked in a covered buttered casserole at 350 f for about 45 min. Uncover and bake for another 15 min to brown top.

What you've shared:

Linda West Eckhardt • i wrote this down. sounds delicious. of course I'd sub 1/2 biscuit 1/2 southern cornbread for the croutons. yes!

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Photo Credit: My Recipes


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