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Honey-Soy-Roasted Pork with Braised Vegetables
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Honey-Soy-Roasted Pork with Braised Vegetables

  • ACTIVE: 1 HR
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 20 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6 to 8
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Chef Tetsu Yahagi bastes this pork shoulder with a mix of honey, soy sauce and meaty demiglace, forming a glaze that is at once sweet and savory.

  1. One 4 1/4-pound, boneless pork shoulder roast, tied
  2. Kosher salt
  3. Freshly ground black pepper
  4. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  5. 1/2 cup honey
  6. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  7. 1 cup veal demiglace (see Note)
  8. 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  9. 1 pound baby carrots (about 20), scrubbed
  10. 1 pound medium turnips (about 5), peeled and cut into 1-inch wedges
  11. 3/4 pound brussels sprouts, halved through the core
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Season the pork all over with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the pork roast and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until browned all over, about 12 minutes. Transfer the pork to a 12-by-14-inch roasting pan.
  2. Pour off all of the fat from the skillet. Add the honey and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until it turns a deep amber, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce, then add the demiglace and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Pour the liquid over the pork and roast for about 50 minutes, basting every 10 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 120°; add 1/4 cup of stock or water to the roasting pan if the juices evaporate too quickly.
  3. Scatter the carrots, turnips and brussels sprouts around the pork and roast for about 25 minutes longer, basting occasionally, until the pork is glazed and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 150°. Transfer the pork roast to a carving board, tent it with foil and let it rest.
  4. Return the roasting pan to the oven and roast the vegetables for 20 to 25 minutes longer, until tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a medium bowl. Pour the pan juices into another smaller bowl or a gravy boat.
  5. Thinly slice the pork and serve with the pan juices and vegetables.
Notes Veal demiglace, a kind of concentrated stock, is available at Whole Foods and other specialty markets.

Suggested Pairing

This dish is superb when paired with a wine that can bridge a similar gap of rich and sweet with balanced acidity, like many German spätleses that have residual sugar.