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Let the oven do the work.

AMONG THE APPEALS of a traditional simmered supper are the ease of putting it together, its no-fuss progress, and the delicious gravy that slow cooking produces.

Harold Johnson of Seattle lets the oven convert a pork roast to effortless tenderness while four root vegetables develop rich flavor as they gently stew in the pork broth.

Harold's Pig and Roots

1 boned pork shoulder or butt roast (about 3 lb.) Rich pork stock (recipe follows) 1 tablespoon minced fresh or 1 teaspoon rubbed dried sage leaves 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1-1/4 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and quartered 3/4 to 1 pound turnips, peeled and quartered 3/4 to 1 pound parsnips or rutabagas, peeled and quartered 1 large head (about 1-3/4 lb.) green cabbage, cored and quartered 1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/3 cup water Salt and pepper

Have your market trim pork of fat, then bone, roll, and tie the meat, saving the bones (or do this yourself).

Place meat in a 5- to 6-quart ovenproof pan on medium-high heat. Turn often until meat is well browned all over, about 10 minutes. Add stock, sage, and lemon juice; stir to scrape browned bits from pan. Cover very tightly and bake in a 325[degrees] oven for 1 hour.

Add carrots and potatoes to meat. Cover and bake until vegetables are barely tender when pierced, about 20 minutes. Add turnips and parsnips; cover and bake until all vegetables are tender when pierced, about 40 minutes longer.

When vegetables are done, place cabbage in a 10-to 12-inch frying pan with 1/2 inch water. Bring water to boiling over high heat, cover, and simmer until cabbage is tender when pierced, about 10 minutes.

Transfer meat and vegetables to a large platter; keep warm. Skim fat from pan juices; bring juices to a boil over high heat. Add cornstarch mixture and bring to a second boil, stirring. Pour into a small pitcher. Slice meat and serve with vegetables; add gravy and salt and pepper to taste. Serves 6. Per serving: 551 cal.; 48 g protein; 18 g fat (6.1 g sat.); 48 g carbo.; 274 mg sodium; 148 mg chol.

Rich pork stock. Place reserved pork bones in a 10-by 15-inch pan with 2 large (about 1 lb. total) onions, chopped, and 2 large carrots, cut in pieces. Roast in a 450[degrees] oven, mixing occasionally, until bones are well browned, 40 to 50 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup water to pan; stir vigorously to free browned bits. Scrape mixture into a 5- to 6-quart pan. Add 1 quart water; 2 stalks celery, cut in pieces; and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.

Uncover pan and boil over high heat until liquid is reduced to 2-1/2 cups, about 10 minutes. Pour mixture through a fine strainer into a bowl. Discard bones and vegetables. If stock is made ahead, cool, cover, and chill up to 2 days. Skim or lift off fat and discard.
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Author:Weber, Christine B.
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Date:Apr 1, 1992
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