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Festive rack of pork

1 hour 20 minutes Cook time 1 hour Prep time 4 to 6 servings


Vegetable ingredients



Garlic and sage croutons

Apple salsa


In The Oven

  1. Place oven rack in middle position. Preheat oven to 190 °C (375 °F).
  2. In a small saucepan, gently heat butter, honey, sage, rosemary and red pepper flakes until butter and honey are melted. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, on a large baking sheet, mix potatoes, parsnips, carrots, apples and olive oil. Generously season with salt and pepper. Move vegetables to sides to make room for pork.
  4. Place rack of pork in centre of baking sheet and brush with honey butter. Generously season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour 10 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the centre of the roast reads 60 °C (140 °F) for medium rare. Baste pork several times with cooking juices and mix vegetables during cooking. If necessary, cover bones with foil to prevent them from over-caramelizing in some places.
  6. If desired, 15 minutes before rack of pork is finished, mix 250 mL (1 cup) crushed nuts and whole pumpkin seeds with 30 mL honey. Spread over top of rack of pork to create a crust. If necessary, place rack at an angle to help nut and honey garnish stay in place until it caramelizes.
  7. Transfer to a serving plate and cover with foil. Let pork rest for 15 minutes. If vegetables are still firm, return to oven.
  8. Serve rack of pork and vegetables in the centre of the table. Add garnishes of your choice.


  1. For the gremolata, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. For the croutons, in a skillet set over medium heat, melt butter with olive oil. Add sage leaves and cook until crispy. Remove sage and set aside on a plate, leaving butter in skillet. Season with salt. In the same skillet, cook bread cubes and garlic until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer croutons to a bowl and sprinkle with sage, crumbling it with your fingers. Stir to combine and season to taste.
  3. For the apple salsa, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional value per serving

  • 867 calories
  • 64 g of protein
  • 40 g of fat
  • 67 g of carbohydrates
  • 10 g of fibre
  • 30 g of sugar
  • 542 mg of sodium
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