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Spiced Apple Pork Roast

"I THINK what I enjoy most about Ukrainian cooking is the smells it creates. This pork roast reminds me of my mother's kitchen—it smells wonderful! My mother canned and preserved in the fall and always used applesauce to glaze the meat. That's probably why I associate the sweet aroma of this hearty stick-to-your-ribs meal with cooler weather."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless rolled pork loin roast (4 to 5 pounds), trimmed
  • 1 garlic clove, cut into lengthwise strips
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

  • Cut slits in top of roast; insert garlic strips. Combine the flour, mustard, salt, sugar and pepper; rub over roast. Place fat side up on a rack in a roasting pan.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°. Combine the applesauce, brown sugar, vinegar and cloves; generously brush over roast during the last 30 minutes of baking. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

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