Irish Roast Pork With Cider Cream Sauce

Total Time
2hrs 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 2 hrs

A golden crust and apple-flavoured sauce add to this dish's appeal for entertaining. Choose a long, slender roast (rather than short and thick) because even though they cook in the same time, the slender one will be easier to slice and look more attractive on plates.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In small bowl, mix oil, garlic, sage, thyme, or 1/2 tsp crumbled dried sage and thyme) salt and pepper; rub all over roast. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.).
  2. Place roast on rack in roasting pan. Roast in 375°F (190°C) oven (or 350°F/180°C in convection oven) until meat thermometer inserted into centre registers 160°F (71°C), about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Transfer to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.
  3. Cider Cream: Meanwhile, skim fat from pan juices. Add butter and melt over medium heat; fry apples and onion, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add cider and bring to boil, scraping up any brown bits. Stir in stock, cream and mustard; boil until reduced by half, about 8 minutes.
  4. In small bowl, combine cornstarch with 1 tbsp (25 mL) cold water; whisk into sauce and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Serve with pork. Serves 8.
  5. Canadian Living Magazine: March 2007.
Most Helpful

We really enjoyed this!

rosslare February 04, 2013

This was dee-lish! I used Johnny's seasoning salt on the roast and instead of slicing the apples I diced them and the onions to the same size. I used fat free half-and-half, and because it has a tendency to break at a simmer, I added about 1/4 cup canned evaporated milk to make a more silky sauce. I used cooking spray rather than the 2 tablespoons of oil to save on fat, and I added some seasoned salt to the sauce. Served with a green salad and Israeli couscous that also had lentils and orzo in it I got from Trader Joes. What a fantastic meal! We will make this again!

Chef PotPie March 23, 2009

Outstanding! We thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the savory with the touch of sweet from the apples. I made as recommended with one exception, I used 1/4 C of Calvados instead of apple cider. I knew this would work because I make a similar Wolfgang Puck recipe w/ this liquor. I did bump up the oven temperature to 375° because it was taking a bit too long (over 60 mins). I served with a green salad, the gravy over Spaetzle and a side of buttered peas. This seasoned pork roast could stand alone w/o the gravy. Just delightful!

Chicagoland Chef du Jour March 17, 2009