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- 1 5 - 6 pound boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed and tied to retain its shape
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons snipped fresh rosemary
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1 1/2 cups pitted dried plums and/or dried apricots
- 1 1/2 cups dried figs, halved
- 1 quince, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped (optional)
- 4 medium apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and quartered
1. Preheat oven to 325 degree F. In a 6- to 8-quart oval roasting pan brown meat on all sides in hot oil. Remove the meat from the pan and pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat. Sprinkle meat lightly with salt and pepper; set aside. Reduce the heat to medium.
2. Add the onions to pan and cook about 5 minutes or until tender. Add the bay leaves, rosemary, vinegar, wine, dried plums and/or apricots, figs, and, if desired, quince. Bring to boiling and cook for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat.
3. Return the meat to the pan. Cover pan and place in oven for 2-3/4 hours. Add apples. Cover and cook 15 minutes more or until meat and apples are tender. Remove the meat and the fruit from the pan, using a slotted spoon; cover meat and fruit loosely with foil to keep warm. Remove and discard bay leaves from pan.
4. For sauce, place pan on rangetop and cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat about 15 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to 1-1/4 cups, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan to release any brown bits.
5. To serve, slice the pork and arrange it on a platter with the fruit. Spoon some of the sauce over the pork. Pass remaining sauce. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
- Servings Per Recipe 8,
- cal. (kcal) 724,
- Fat, total (g) 22,
- chol. (mg) 183,
- sat. fat (g) 7,
- carb. (g) 67,
- Monosaturated fat (g) 12,
- Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3,
- fiber (g) 8,
- sugar (g) 49,
- pro. (g) 59,
- vit. A (IU) 680,
- vit. C (mg) 9,
- sodium (mg) 394,
- calcium (mg) 111,
- iron (mg) 6,
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet