Crown roast of pork with cornbread hominy stuffing & chil

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 tablespoon Fennel seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon Cumin seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon Coarse salt
4 Garlic cloves, pressed
6 Whole allspice berries
1 teaspoon Dried thyme
1 teaspoon Ground black peppercorns
1 6 1/2 to 7 pound
Crown roast of pork
Cornbread Hominy Stuffing
(see recipe)
5 cups Chicken stock
2 Dried Ancho chilies, toasted
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons All purpose flour
1 tablespoon Honey

Crush fennel seeds, cumin seeds, salt, garlic, allspice, thyme and peppercorns in mortar and pestle. Fold double thick layer of foil into 4 inch square. Poke 4 small holes in foil. Push foil through roast to bottom to cover opening so stuffing will not fall out later (holes let steam escape). Place roast on rack in large roasting pan.

Rub spice mixture over meat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place pork in oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Roast pork 1 hour 30 minutes. Fill cavity with enough stuffing to mound in center. Continue roasting until thermometer inserted into center of meat registers 160 degrees F, about 1 hour 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil chicken stock until reduced by half. Remove from heat. Add chilies. Cover and let stand until chilies are softened.

Puree mixture in processor.

Carefully transfer pork to platter. Add oil to roasting pan and set over medium heat. Add onions and stir until onion is tender. Add flour and stir until golden brown. Gradually add stock, whisk until blended. Boil until thickened to gravy consistency. Stir in honey.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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