Roast Pork with Baked Apples

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas

On a more traditional note, today I bring you roast pork. Yesterday I mentioned that it’s one of my brother’s faves. And it is. And if I had to be honest with myself, one of mine too. It’s the crackling I suspect, but don’t tell anyone.

Yes, another perfect pairing of ingredients with pork and apple. Roast pork with baked apples. It just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? Or is that the drool that’s making it all slippery and rolling…….. Roast pork with crackling cannot strictly (or even loosely) be considered light, and yes the danger is all in the crackling. But sometimes I think you’ve just got to do it don’t you?

And if you only have a little crackling instead of diving in snout first (pardon the pun), you won’t regret it. To keep it as light as you possibly can, roast the pork and vegetables on a rack above the roasting tray. This way, you keep everything out of the fat that will inevitably melt to the bottom of the pan.

But that’s enough ‘light’ talk. It’s Christmas and we’re indulging in one of the yummiest roasts of all time. With baked apples. And roast garlic. And crispy, crackly crackling (it just keeps forcing its way into the conversation doesn’t it?).

So why did this make the Moodie 12 Days of Christmas?

  • It’s looks difficult, but it’s actually really easy – hot oven for a bit, turn down, add some apples and vegetables and you’re there.
  • It’s tastier than all get out and Christmasy to boot.
  • It’s one of my brother’s favourites at Christmas and so it has mucho sentimental value for me. I think you love your family just a little bit more at Christmas, don’t you?
  • It’s so good that you just have to try it if you haven’t already.

Up tomorrow is the last of our Moodie Mains and it’s more of an individual dish – chicken breasts stuffed with cranberry goodness and wrapped in prosciutto. Ho, ho, ho.

Roast Pork with Baked Apples


12 Days of Christmas Recap:

Day 1 – Watermelon, basil and fetta salad
Day 2 – Corn and blueberry salad
Day 3 – Roast peach, blue cheese and walnut salad
Day 4 – Crispy Christmas Spuds
Day 5 – Parmesan and Chive Potato Gratin
Day 6 – Warm French Potato Salad
Day 7 – Roast Lamb with Pomegranate Glaze
Day 8 – Roast Pork with Baked Apples




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