Pork Roast with Caramelized Apple Salad with Maytag Blue and Spicy Orange Vinaigrette

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  • Total: 2 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 2 hr 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Roast:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 (3 to 4 pound) boneless pork roast

Salt and pepper

1 carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 onion, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped

4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

3 cups water

1 cup white wine

1 bay leaf

6 sprigs parsley

6 black peppercorns

2 tablespoons cold butter

Spicy Orange Vinaigrette:

2 cups orange juice

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped red onion

1 jalapeno pepper, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon ancho chile powder

3/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Apple Salad:

1 1/2 cups Spicy Orange Vinaigrette

2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and quartered

1 cup watercress

1 cup frisee

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup black walnuts

4 ounces Maytag blue cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. For the Roast: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the pork with salt and pepper and sear well on all sides. Drain off the fat, and add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Place in the oven and cook until the internal temperature of the meat registers 150 degrees F, about 2 hours. Remove the meat to a plate and remove the vegetables and herbs with a slotted spoon. Add more water if needed. Bring the cooking liquid to a boil and reduce by half. Whisk in the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. For the Spicy Orange Vinaigrette: Place orange juice in a small nonreactive pan over high heat and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup. Place reduced orange juice, vinegar, onion, jalapeno and ancho powder in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil until emulsified. Add the honey and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. For the Apple Salad: Heat 3/4 cup of the Spicy Orange Vinaigrette in a medium saute pan over medium high heat. Add the apples, cut-side down and saute until golden brown, turn over and saute until just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Place the watercress and frisee in a medium bowl and toss with a few tablespoons of the remaining Spicy Orange Vinaigrette, season with salt and pepper and divide among 4 plates. Arrange 2 apple quarters on each plate, garnish with walnuts and blue cheese and drizzle with some of the remaining vinaigrette.