Rack of Pork with Maple-caramelized Apples

Rack of Pork with Maple-caramelized Apples
  • 4 servings
  • 0:30 Preparation
  • 1:00 Cooking
  • 1:45 Total Time

Ingredients

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  • 4 Tbsp.
    (70 mL)

    butter, softened

  • 2 Tbsp.
    (30 mL)

    chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1/2 cup
    (125 mL)

    Sortilège maple liqueur

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  • 2 lb
    (1 kg)

    rack of Québec pork

  • 4

    apples, halved and cored

  • 6

    shallots, peeled and halved

  • 1/4 cup
    (60 mL)

    Maple syrup

  • 4

    sprigs fresh rosemary

  • 1 1/2 cups
    (375 mL)

    chicken broth

  • 2 tsp.
    (10 mL)

    flour

Preparation

Preheat oven to 230°C (450°F).

Mix 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) of butter with rosemary, 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) maple liqueur and pepper together, and rub the rack with mixture.

Put the rack in a roasting pan and brown in the oven for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a big skillet, melt 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) butter over medium heat and brown apples and shallots. Add maple syrup and cook until apples are glazed.

Lower oven temperature to 325°F (160°C).

Put apples, shallots and rosemary sprigs round the pork in the pan, and add broth.

Roast for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 150°F (65°C).

Remove rack to a platter, tent with foil, and let stand 10 - 15 minutes before carving. Transfer apples and shallots to a serving dish. Reserve pan juices.

In the roasting pan, bring reserved pan juices (about 1 cup or 250 mL) and remaining maple liqueur to a simmering boil and reduce by one third over medium heat. Work flour and 2 tsp. (10 mL) butter into a paste (beurre manié) and whisk into gravy. Simmer until thickened.

Carve the rack, cutting between the ribs, and serve pink with apples, shallots and gravy.

Savour the flavour; think pink!

Source: Féd. des producteurs de porcs du Québec

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