If you’ve ever had a crown roast of pork, then you know that it’s an impressive dish.
It’s not something you’re going to make on a weeknight, but when you have enough time and a big enough party to celebrate with, serving it is worth the effort.
In this post, we’ll explore some possible pairings for this celebratory roast and how they can make your crown roast of pork even more delicious.
What is a crown roast of pork?
A crown of pork is generally bone-in pork loin that has been formed into a circle, with the ribs pointed skyward.
The most common way to cook this special cut is by roasting it in the oven.
The crown roast is well-marinated with different types of rubs or marinades and roasted until cooked through and brown.
At its heart, this is just meat on a bone—no more complicated than roasting any other part of the animal.
But when cooked properly, it becomes juicy, tender, and full of texture.
And because there’s so much surface area exposed to heat (and rubs or sauces), there are also many avenues for flavor enhancement.
Since a crown roast of pork is pretty big, it will take a while to cook all the way through.
The technique to form this big muscle into a circle also requires a little skill, so it is definitely a festive or party recipe rather than a casual dinner.
9 best side dishes to serve with a crown roast of pork
As already mentioned, a crown roast of pork is typically served on special occasions.
Therefore, when it comes to its side dishes, there should be delicious and appealing recipes to round out the meal.
Here we provide the nine side dish ideas that can make the succulent and caramelized crown roast of pork stand out from any other meal:
Easy Horseradish Sauce
Horseradish sauce is easy to make and delicious served over pork chops or roast beef, and you can also use it as a marinade for poultry before roasting it in the oven.
It is a simple yet impressive sauce to serve with your crown roast of pork.
The sharp-tasting horseradish sauce you’re used to on deli sandwiches or barbecues is made by combining grated horseradish with mayonnaise, sour cream, and vinegar.
Horseradish has many health benefits, too—it helps reduce inflammation and can be used as an antibacterial agent (to help heal cuts and burns).
Stir-Fried Vegetable Medley
This is a great side dish to serve with the crown roast of pork.
You will need a variety of vegetables, which is an excellent way to use up leftovers in your fridge and add numerous types of veggies to your meal.
This also adds a lot of colors and textures to make your dish not look dull on the plate.
A few handfuls of each ingredient should do the trick!
Wild Mushroom and Potato Gratin
This hearty side dish will complement the crown roast of pork nicely.
It can be made ahead of time and reheated just before serving.
You can use any mushrooms you like, but wild ones are excellent in this recipe because they have a meatier texture than button or portabella mushrooms (which will make your gratin too “mushy”).
This recipe also calls for fresh thyme, which adds an earthy aroma to the dish.
If you have a farmers market nearby, it’s likely that they sell fresh wild mushrooms in season; otherwise, check out your local grocery store or farmer’s roadside stand for fresh varieties.
Apple-Cinnamon Raisin Stuffing
This apple-cinnamon raisin stuffing is a great way to use up some of the apples you’re bound to have on hand.
It tastes amazing when paired with roasted meat and makes fantastic leftovers!
To make the stuffing, you’ll need to sauté the apples in butter until they are soft.
You can use a mixture of breadcrumbs, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, and add raisins and chopped pecans if you’d like.
Apricot Glazed Crisp Carrots
Carrots are the perfect side dish for pork, and these crisps bring out the best in them.
This recipe calls for a mandoline to make the carrots thin enough to fry without burning.
Brown sugar offers a sweet flavor that pairs with the rich taste of butter, while apricot jam adds some fruity acidity.
You can serve these crisps warm with a side of pork or as a vegetable dish on their own.
If you’re serving them as a side, consider adding some fresh herbs to the caramel for an extra pop of flavor.
This gravy is a great way to add some flavor without taking away from the meat.
It’s made with real broth, butter, and heavy cream, so it will thicken up nicely when you stir in flour.
You can use this gravy on pork chops or ribs, but it also goes great with chicken and turkey.
I serve my gravy with a side of mashed potatoes for a more filling meal.
But you could just as easily pair this gravy with any other starch you’d like, like rice or noodles.
Bourbon Sauce with Sour Cream and Toasted Pecans
This bourbon sauce is a great sauce for pork, but it also works well with chicken.
The combination of the bourbon and sour cream makes this a tangy and creamy sauce, while the toasted pecans add some crunch.
It uses only five available, affordable ingredients, so it’s easy to throw together on a busy weeknight.
Fresh Honey, Apple, and Date Chutney
Chutney is a sweet and savory condiment that can be used to accompany meat, fish, or poultry.
It’s typically made with fruit and spices.
In this case, dates are the primary ingredient, along with apples and honey.
The best way to store it is in an airtight container in the fridge.
Chutney can also be frozen if you’re not going to use it right away or want a few cups on hand for later.
Red Cabbage with Apples and Bacon
Cabbage can be eaten raw or cooked.
It is also one of the cheapest vegetables available to buy in supermarkets.
Boiled cabbage (often served with potatoes) is a traditional accompaniment to roast pork or sausages – just make sure there’s enough gravy!
Cabbage is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and glucosinolates, which are compounds that may help protect the heart.
Like other cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts), cabbage contains sulforaphane – an antioxidant that may help lower cancer risk.
Now that you’ve learned about the different ways to serve a crown roast of pork, it’s time to get cooking!
You can use this recipe as inspiration for your own holiday celebration, or try out one of these dishes on a weeknight when you want something special.
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