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I was at a loss as to what I was going to make for dinner the rest of this week.  I like to cook, but not every day, so my strategy is to always make a big enough meal that we can eat it two nights in a row.  Luckily, my hubby doesn’t mind leftovers (he would just have to grin & bear it if he did).

Last night I remembered a delicious recipe that I had made this Fall from The Pioneer Woman.  It is her Pork Roast with Apples & Onions.  Not only is it tasty, but super easy…what’s not to like about that combo, right?  The only hard part for me is slicing the onions.  I am a mess when I cut onions, but I pushed through the teary eyes and popped the roast in the oven a few minutes ago…

Here’s the recipe…

(I did caramelize the onions before adding them to the roast.  Also, I used a 2 3/4 boneless pork shoulder, which I did tie to keep it together so I could slice it when it’s finished cooking.)

Pork Roast with Apples and Onions

Added by Ree on November 7, 2011 in Main CoursesPork

Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 2 Hours
Servings 8 Difficulty Easy


  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 whole Pork Shoulder Roast (also Called Pork Butt)
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups Apple Juice
  • 1 cup Beef Stock
  • 3 whole Apples, Cored And Cut Into Wedges
  • 3 whole Medium Onions, Sliced
  • 1 whole Bay Leaf
  • Wild Rice
  • 2-½ cups Wild Rice
  • 4 cups Water
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • ½ sticks 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ cups Chopped Pecans

Preparation Instructions

OPTIONAL: Saute onions until brown. (Or you may just add them raw to the roast.)

To make the pork roast, heat olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Salt and pepper pork roast, then sear on all sides to give it some color. Reduce heat to low. Add apple juice, apple slices, onions, and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for 3 hours. (Or you may place in a 300 degree oven if you prefer.)

Toward the end of the cooking time, make the rice: melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add pecans and saute for a couple of minutes. Add wild rice and liquid, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until all liquid is cooked out.

When the roast is done, remove the roast, apples, and onions to a platter. Raise heat to medium-high (to high) and boil liquid, reducing it until thick and rich.

Spoon thick sauce over the roast, then cut the roast into slices. Serve with apples, onions, and wild rice.

(Note: add fresh thyme or rosemary to the roast before cooking if you have it on hand!)