Russ Parsons

Looking for holiday dinner recipes? Wow them with this crown roast

Looking for holiday dinner recipes? Wow them with this crown roast

When it comes to the holiday meal, everything revolves around the main course. You want sides that match, sauces that work and, of course, cocktails and beverages that compliment. But what about all that work?

With a little advance preparation, this spiced crown roast makes a dramatic presentation with little active effort. With this roast, from former Times columnist Russ Parsons, most of the hard work is done by the butcher: start with the roast rolled and tied and the chop bones already stripped clean of meat and scrap (chefs call it "frenching").

Brine the roast first if possible; it really helps with the lean pork, adding a subtle sweetness with...

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