Roast Rack of Pork with Caramelized Maple Onions
- 1 (2-pound) pork rack with 4 bones attached
- Salt and black pepper
- 2 ounces olive oil
- 3 yellow onions, sliced
- 1 -inch fresh ginger, crushed
- 1/2 stick cinnamon
- 1 star anise
- 3 tablespoons sweet butter
- 4 tablespoons maple sugar
- 3 1/3 cups apple cider
Season both sides of rack with salt and pepper 20 minutes before cooking. Sear in heavy saute pan with olive oil until rack is well caramelized. Set aside.
Deglaze with cider, adjust salt and pepper to taste and reduce until a glaze forms. Completely cover rack with half of onion compote. Transfer to roasting pan and place in oven. Cook at 20 minutes per pound or until internal temperature is 150 degrees F. Halfway through cooking time, pour over remaining half of onion compote. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Discard the cinnamon stick and star anise.
Recipe courtesy of Wolfgang Puck