Spiced Apple Butter Pork Roast is an appealing low-fat dish for early fall dining. Apple butter adds to the pork's rich savor, but a serving will deliver only about 4 grams of fat.
If you have already harvested your own apples and made preserves, you can use homemade apple butter instead of the store-bought kind. Apple brandy or juice and cider vinegar reinforce the fruity theme of the marinade that gives the meat its good flavor.
Spiced Apple Butter Pork Roast
one 2-pound boneless center-cut lean pork loin roast, or boneless lean pork sirloin roast
one 1-pound, 13-ounce jar apple butter (about 2, cups)
1/4 cup apple brandy or apple juice
2 tablespoons apple juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
Place roast in a zip-top plastic bag. Combine apple butter with brandy, if used, apple juice, vinegar, lemon juice, horseradish, mustard, salt and pepper in a bowl; stir well. Reserve 2 cups apple- butter mixture; cover and chill. Pour remaining apple-butter mixture over roast; seal bag and marinate in refrigerator 8 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a shallow roasting pan with heavy-duty foil. Remove roast from bag; place roast in prepared pan and drizzle with marinade. Insert meat thermometer into thickest portion of roast. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 150 degrees (pork will be slightly pink). Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
Place reserved 2 cups apple-butter mixture in a small saucepan. Place over low heat and heat thoroughly. Serve with roast.
Per serving (about 3 ounces meat and 1/4 cup apple-butter mixture): 323 calories; 25.2 grams protein; 4.4 grams fat (1 gram saturated fat); 49.8 grams carbohydrates; 0.1 gram fiber; 70 milligrams cholesterol; 206 milligrams sodium; 8 milligrams calcium
-- From Smithfield Lean Generation Pork
Pub Date: 10/06/99