Dec 5
2011

Crown Roast of Pork with Vegetable Paella & Romesco Sauce Recipe

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The holidays are in full swing and this is the time of year to pull out all the stops. As parties with family and friends start to fill the calendar, we are all looking for dishes that will feed a crowd and maybe even provide leftovers for a lunch or dinner the next day, such as a crown roast of pork. The National Pork Board and Kitchen Play are pairing up this month to highlight the trends that are expected to show up on this year’s holiday tables, as uncovered by a recent survey. When the assignment of “global flavors” floated into my inbox, I got pretty excited.

The concept of “global flavors” is something I embrace wholeheartedly in my kitchen, regularly using ingredients found in cuisines from around the world, such as Thai, Indian and Japanese. It turns out I’m in good company. The survey revealed that more than 80% of Americans are looking to incorporate global flavors into their holiday meals. And really, who can blame them? International seasonings can turn a meal from run-of-the-mill into something memorable.

I had “Spain” on the mind, a small package of saffron threads sitting in my spice cabinet and an unbridled passion for all things Romesco. Putting them altogether seemed like the natural thing to do.

Crown roast of pork is one of those dishes that looks incredibly impressive but takes no more effort than making a standard pot roast. If your butcher does the work of frenching the ribs (cutting off the extra meat from the tips of the bones), making small cuts between each rib and tying it for you, then all you have to do is season the roast, fill it with a stuffing such as this vegetable paella and roast the little beauty.

The first step is to make the vegetable paella. This version is packed with red bell peppers, onions, Swiss chard and tomatoes. The golden color comes from the saffron threads, which are soaked in water and added to the cooking broth. About 1 cup of the paella is used to stuff the crown roast of pork and the rest is heated in a baking dish and then served on a platter, nestled around the finished roast.

If you have never had Romesco sauce, prepare to be instantly infatuated. Not only does it pair with the crown roast beautifully, but it makes a fantastic spread for wrap sandwiches, a savory topping for scrambled eggs and an unexpected twist when stirred into a vegetable soup. The day after I cooked the roast, my husband and I made wrap sandwiches, filling them with the leftover pork, cut into small pieces, a healthy dollop of Romesco sauce and plenty of vegetables.

Be sure to let the roast rest for about 20 minutes once you remove it from the oven. If you cut into it too soon, all of the beautiful juices will run out onto the board, rather than staying inside to keep the meat moist.

The recipe:

Vegetable Paella:
Place saffron threads in a medium-sized bowl. Add very hot water. Let stand for 15 minutes.

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In a large saucepan set over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add red bell pepper and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are starting to turn brown.

Add garlic and Arborio rice and cook until rice is glistening, about 1 minute.

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Add chicken stock, Swiss chard and tomatoes. Bring to boil. Add saffron and water mixture, smoked paprika and salt.

Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pot and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in peas, re-cover and cook for additional 5 minutes.

Pork Crown Roast:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

In a small bowl, stir together smoked paprika, kosher salt, pepper and canola oil. Pat the crown roast with paper towel to dry. Place in a lightly oiled roasting pan. Rub the smoked paprika mixture all over the pork.

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Scoop approximately 1 cup of the vegetable paella into the top cavity of the crown roast. Cover the paella with a circular piece of oiled foil. Wrap the tips of the crown roast bones in foil.

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Roast the pork for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F. and roast the pork for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees F. when inserted deeply into the roast (make sure you are not measuring the temperature of the rice). The USDA states that if you are cooking the roast to 145 degrees, be sure to include at least a 3 minute rest time.

Transfer the pork to a platter and let rest for 20 minutes. While the pork is resting, place the remaining paella into a baking dish, cover with foil and heat in the oven.

Romesco Sauce:
Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat.

Add blanched almonds, chopped hazelnuts and bread pieces. Cook, stirring frequently, until bread is lightly toasted and nuts are golden brown.

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Transfer nuts and bread to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.

In the same saucepan set over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Stir in diced tomatoes and cook until tomatoes start to thicken, 7 to 10 minutes.

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Transfer to the food processor, along with roasted red peppers, sherry (or red wine) vinegar, salt and chile flakes. Process until well combined.

With the motor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture is smooth.

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Present the crown roast of pork on a serving platter, surrounded by the vegetable paella. To serve, remove the string and cut between the ribs. Serve with paella and Romesco sauce.

Crown Roast of Pork with Vegetable Paella & Romesco Sauce Recipe

Other recipes for crown roast of pork:
Simply Recipes’ Crown Roast of Pork with Apple & Sausage Stuffing
Drick’s Rambling Cafe’s Orange Brine Crown Roast with Brandied Fruits
Blogging Mama’s Crown Roast of Pork & Herb Stuffing
Eat Laugh Love’s Crown Roast of Pork & Creole Mustard Sauce

The National Pork Board is also sponsoring a delicious giveaway at Kitchen Play. Simply recreate any one recipe from this month’s Progressive Party, post about the experience on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter. All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win a National Pork Board prize valued at $100 (6 prizes total). The deadline is January 8, 2012. Please review the complete contest rules before entering. Good luck!

Crown Roast of Pork with Vegetable Paella & Romesco Sauce

Yield: Serves 8.

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • Paella:
  • ¼ tsp saffron threads
  • ½ cup very hot water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups chopped Swiss chard
  • ¾ cup drained diced tomatoes
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen peas
  • Pork Crown Roast:
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • One 10 to 12-rib crown roast of pork (about 6 ¾ pounds)
  • Romesco Sauce:
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 2 tbsp blanched almonds
  • 2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2/3 cup canned diced tomatoes (including some juices)
  • 3 whole roasted red peppers (6 halves)
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp dried chile flakes
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Vegetable paella:
  2. Place saffron threads in a medium-sized bowl. Add very hot water. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. In a large saucepan set over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add red bell pepper and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are starting to turn brown.
  4. Add garlic and Arborio rice and cook until rice is glistening, about 1 minute.
  5. Add chicken stock, Swiss chard and tomatoes. Bring to boil. Add saffron and water mixture, smoked paprika and salt.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pot and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in peas, re-cover and cook for additional 5 minutes.
  7. Pork Crown Roast:
  8. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  9. In a small bowl, stir together smoked paprika, kosher salt, pepper and canola oil. Pat the crown roast with paper towel to dry. Place in a lightly oiled roasting pan. Rub the smoked paprika mixture all over the pork.
  10. Scoop approximately 1 cup of the vegetable paella into the top cavity of the crown roast. Cover the paella with a circular piece of oiled foil. Wrap the tips of the crown roast bones in foil.
  11. Roast the pork for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F. and roast the pork for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees F. when inserted deeply into the roast (make sure you are not measuring the temperature of the rice).
  12. Transfer the pork to a platter and let rest for 20 minutes. While the pork is resting, place the remaining paella into a baking dish, cover with foil and heat in the oven.
  13. Romesco Sauce:
  14. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat.
  15. Add blanched almonds, chopped hazelnuts and bread pieces. Cook, stirring frequently, until bread is lightly toasted and nuts are golden brown.
  16. Transfer nuts and bread to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
  17. In the same saucepan set over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Stir in diced tomatoes and cook until tomatoes start to thicken, 7 to 10 minutes.
  18. Transfer to the food processor, along with roasted red peppers, sherry (or red wine) vinegar, salt and chile flakes. Process until well combined.
  19. With the motor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture is smooth.
  20. Present the crown roast of pork on a serving platter, surrounded by the vegetable paella. To serve, remove the string and cut between the ribs. Serve with paella and Romesco sauce.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kitchen Play and the National Pork Board. As always, the opinions stated here are my own.

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1 Lea Ann December 5, 2011 at 6:04 am

I’ve never done a crown pork roast and you make it sounds so wonderful and easy. The paella is a great idea. Bookmarked and wish me luck! :)

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2 Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy December 5, 2011 at 6:29 am

This looks so fancy! Reason enough just to have a dinner party.

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3 Belinda @zomppa December 5, 2011 at 6:31 am

That is an absolutely beautiful and festive dish! Super impressive.

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4 Drick December 5, 2011 at 6:44 am

one of my favorite cuts of pork, always tender when prepare like you did and always a crowd pleaser esp with the Spanish flair in your recipe… a truly fine display and I kn0w it taste equally good.. bravo

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5 bellini December 5, 2011 at 7:57 am

This is a menu fit for the kings and queens of our lives. Love the global twist!

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6 Lauren from Lauren's Latest December 5, 2011 at 8:30 am

This looks PERFECT, Dara!!

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7 Lori @ RecipeGirl December 5, 2011 at 9:20 am

I totally want to make this one of these days. Bravo!

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8 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme December 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

What a beautiful crown roast of pork! The perfect centerpiece for a holiday dinner. Great job, Dara.

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9 Becky at Vintagemixer December 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm

This looks incredibly gourmet!!

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10 Kimiko December 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm

This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try this!

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11 Deborah December 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Wow – that is one impressive looking dinner! I’ve never cooked a crown roast of pork, but you have me inspired!

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12 Delishhh December 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

OH my this looks soo good – what a fabulous holiday dinner. And i love saffron i was baking with it this weekend :)

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13 MikeVFMK December 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Dara, this is one well put together meal. And takes the the typical dinner to another level. Everything about it has me wanting more. The crown, sauce and paella!

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14 Mike December 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Wow!

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15 CouponClippingCook December 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

What a beautiful pork roast….and along with the paella and sauce….sounds soooo good.

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16 Donna December 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Love the CROWN as a centerpiece!

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17 Asmita December 6, 2011 at 6:34 am

How fabulous does this look. Very impressive!

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18 Tickled Red December 6, 2011 at 7:03 am

That looks stunning darlin’! I have never made a whole crown before but this sounds delicious, loving the global flavors.

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19 jenna December 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

this looks stunning! i love the idea of the romesco sauce it sounds amazing!

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20 A Canadian Foodie December 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Dara!
This is a meal fit for a king! What a gorgeous crown roast. Spectacular. I have also always wanted to make Romesco sauce, and never have. This is motivating!
Lovely lovely meal!
If you get time – jump over and chime in – as a Canadian… I would love to hear about your traditional family Christmas cookie, treats, sweets… I have posted my staples and usually do so much more.
Thank you for such a motivating post! YUM!
Valerie

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21 Monet December 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Wouldn’t this just be the best dinner party for December? Thank you for sharing such a seasonal and satisfying recipe. I hope you are warm and full tonight. I’m about to put on a pot of soup and cozy up with a book. Love from Austin.

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22 carolinaheartstrings December 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm

That looks so spectacular. Job well done.

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23 Jen at The Three Little Piglets December 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Such a gorgeous dish! That will certainly impress dinner guests this holiday!

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