Cranberry Thyme Pork Roast

Cranberry Thyme Pork Roast is fancy enough to serve for special occasions and easy enough to serve for casual family meals.
Cranberry Thyme Pork Roast

I've made this Cranberry Thyme Pork Roast many times over the years, and it never fails to bring in many compliments, and it can be your little secret that it only takes moments to prepare.

Cranberry Thyme Pork Roast

The key to making this Cranberry Thyme Pork Roast as moist and flavorful as possible is to take the time to sear all the sides of the pork in a skillet before roasting it in the oven. The searing seals in the juices of the meat, in addition to adding extra flavor to the outside of the roast.

Serves: 6-8     Prep Time: 15 minutes       Cook Time: 50 minutes

1   4-5 pound pork roast
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1½ cups whole berry cranberry sauce (store bought or homemade)
5-6 fresh thyme sprigs

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

-Season the pork roast with salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried thyme.

-In a large skillet over medium/high heat, brown the pork roast on all sides in the canola oil.

-Transfer the browned roast to a oven safe roasting pan, or if using an oven safe skillet place the roast in a preheated oven and roast for 30 minutes. Remove the roast from the oven and top the roast with the cranberry sauce. Return the roast to the oven and continue cooking until the internal temperature of the pork registers 145 degrees.

-Cover the roast and allow to sit for 10 minutes before garnishing it with the thyme sprigs, and slicing it for service.

Cranberry Thyme Pork Roast

As I've mentioned earlier, I've made this recipe many times before. Sometimes I make it with store bought whole berry cranberry sauce, and sometimes I've made it with my Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce. It's really good either way, but if you have the time to make the homemade cranberry sauce, you won't be sorry.

Another thing you can do (although cooking times and temperatures will vary) is to spoon the cranberry sauce over cooked chicken or fish. And, to mix things up, even more, try it over beef. You'll love how the cranberry sauce pairs well with just about any protein. Plus using cranberry sauce is an easy way to spruce up family dinners, on any given weeknight, all during the year.

Cranberry Thyme Pork Roast

From my home to yours, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! You'll notice in the photo below that our Christmas tree this year has some lights that are out on the top of the tree. It just goes to show that it's not about perfection at this time of year. It's about caring, sharing, and love. Thank you all for being here and for allowing me to share so much of myself with you (through my recipes and painting) on a regular basis. I have some new and exciting things to unveil to you in coming new year, and I just can't wait to bring you along to share in the fun!

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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

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