Pork Roast & Sides serves 6 to 8
Thanksgiving

Pork Roast & Sides

serves 6 to 8

50 MIN
+$8.01/serving 8 Servings
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WHY WE LOVE THIS DISHWe’re kicking it off with a spin on your classic Thanksgiving meal, pairing rich pork roast with traditional sides of cheesy mashed potatoes, tart cranberry relish, and a savory sage gravy.CLICK FOR RECIPE CARD

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Pork Roast & Sides serves 6 to 8
Title
  • 2 Pork Roasts
  • 2½ lbs Golden Potatoes
  • 4 oz Sweet Peppers
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • ¾ lb Cranberries
  • 1 bunch Sage
  • 2 oz White Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Tbsps Butter
  • ⅔ cup Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1 oz Sweet Piquante Peppers
  • ¼ cup Cream
  • ¼ cup Chicken Demi-Glace
  • 1 Shallot
  • ¼ cup Rice Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Southern Spice Blend (Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Ground Yellow Mustard, Smoked Paprika & Cayenne Pepper)
  • ¼ cup Sugar
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tips & techniques
Prepare & roast the pork
1 Prepare & roast the pork

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Line a sheet pan with foil. Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season on all sides with salt, pepper, and the spice blend. Transfer to the sheet pan. Roast 36 to 38 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.* Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. 

*An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.

Prepare the ingredients
2 Prepare the ingredients

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the potatoes. Peel and roughly chop 3 cloves of garlic. Grate the cheese on the large side of a box grater. Roughly chop the piquante peppers. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Cut off and discard the stems of the sweet peppers; remove the cores, then small dice. Pick the sage leaves off the stems; finely chop the leaves.

Cook & mash the potatoes
3 Cook & mash the potatoes

Add the diced potatoes and chopped garlic to the pot of boiling water. Cook 20 to 22 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the cream, grated cheese, chopped piquante peppers, and half the butter; season with salt and pepper. Using a fork (or potato masher), mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Make the cranberry relish
4 Make the cranberry relish

Meanwhile, in a medium pot, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped shallot and diced sweet peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the cranberries, sugar, and 3/4 cup of water; stir to combine. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally and mashing the cranberries with the back of a spoon, 7 to 8 minutes, or until the cranberries have broken down and the mixture is thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Make the gravy
5 Make the gravy

In a small pot, heat the remaining butter on medium-high until melted. Add 1 tablespoon of the flour (you will have extra). Cook, whisking constantly, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and thoroughly combined. Add the broth (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and demi-glace. Cook, whisking frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until thickened. Add the chopped sage leaves and stir to combine. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Slice the pork & serve your dish
6 Slice the pork & serve your dish

Find the lines of muscle (or grain) on the rested pork; thinly slice crosswise against the grain. Serve the sliced pork with the mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, and gravy on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare & roast the pork
1 Prepare & roast the pork

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Line a sheet pan with foil. Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season on all sides with salt, pepper, and the spice blend. Transfer to the sheet pan. Roast 36 to 38 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.* Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. 

*An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.

2 Prepare the ingredients

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the potatoes. Peel and roughly chop 3 cloves of garlic. Grate the cheese on the large side of a box grater. Roughly chop the piquante peppers. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Cut off and discard the stems of the sweet peppers; remove the cores, then small dice. Pick the sage leaves off the stems; finely chop the leaves.

Prepare the ingredients
Cook & mash the potatoes
3 Cook & mash the potatoes

Add the diced potatoes and chopped garlic to the pot of boiling water. Cook 20 to 22 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the cream, grated cheese, chopped piquante peppers, and half the butter; season with salt and pepper. Using a fork (or potato masher), mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

4 Make the cranberry relish

Meanwhile, in a medium pot, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped shallot and diced sweet peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the cranberries, sugar, and 3/4 cup of water; stir to combine. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally and mashing the cranberries with the back of a spoon, 7 to 8 minutes, or until the cranberries have broken down and the mixture is thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Make the cranberry relish
Make the gravy
5 Make the gravy

In a small pot, heat the remaining butter on medium-high until melted. Add 1 tablespoon of the flour (you will have extra). Cook, whisking constantly, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and thoroughly combined. Add the broth (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and demi-glace. Cook, whisking frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until thickened. Add the chopped sage leaves and stir to combine. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

6 Slice the pork & serve your dish

Find the lines of muscle (or grain) on the rested pork; thinly slice crosswise against the grain. Serve the sliced pork with the mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, and gravy on the side. Enjoy!

Slice the pork & serve your dish
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