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Balsamic Herbed Pork Roast Recipe
Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs

This Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze is festive enough to serve your family and friends over the holidays. But, you'll never have to tell your guests just how easy it was to make. That can be our little secret!

Course: Main Course, pork roast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Pork Roast, cranberry glazed pork roast
Servings: 8
Calories: 260 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée - Kudos Kitchen
  • 1 - 3 - 3½ pound boneless pork roast
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple cored and sliced
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 8 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 15 ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • Additional fresh herbs for garnish optional
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish optional
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the sliced apples, onions and some of the fresh herbs in the bottom of the roasting pan, reserving some of the fresh herbs for later.
  3. Place the pork roast on top of the onions and apples, fat side up.
  4. Pour the balsamic vinegar evenly over the roast.
  5. Allow the roast to rest for at least 20 minutes.
  6. Season the roast with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  7. Add a few additional rosemary and thyme sprigs on top of the roast.
  8. Place the roast into the preheated oven (center rack) and roast for 60 minutes.

  9. Remove the roast from the oven and cover the top of the roast evenly with the whole berry cranberry sauce.
  10. Return the roast to the oven and continue cooking until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 140 degrees (approximately an additional 30 minutes).

  11. Remove the roast from the oven, and cover with foil.
  12. Allow the roast to sit for at least 10 minutes before placing it on a serving platter and slicing to your desired thickness.
  13. Garnish with fresh cranberries and additional fresh herbs if desired.

  14. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment:

1 roasting pan, aluminum foil, measuring cup, chef's knife, cutting board, meat thermometer