I’m back in the kitchen with Made In and I couldn’t be more delighted! We are making this delicious pork roast with apple cider gravy. It’s perfect for your holiday dinner, no matter how small. And the leftovers are just as delicious for a sandwich the next day.

carbon steel roasting pan

We cooked this roast in Made In’s Blue Carbon Steel Roasting Pan. What is great about this pan is that it is the perfect size for year round cooking. It’s especially great for roasting pork, chicken, or turkey breasts with some vegetables, which makes for easy weeknight eating!

You already know how much I’m loving my Made In Knives and the Made In Sheet Pans. Made In has such high-quality products that become total workhorses in the kitchen. My Made In Nakiri Knife was the perfect tool for slicing this pork roast when it was time to eat!

With the holidays looking a little different this year, it’s a great time to make some new holiday foods. This pork roast is a great option this year. It feels like next-level cooking, but it’s also a simple dish that won’t have you in the kitchen all day. Just be sure you have a meat thermometer ready because that is the key to deliciousness in this dish.

pork roast with vegetables pin

If you make it, be sure to rate and review it to let me know what you think! You can also pin it for later if you aren’t ready to cook just yet. And I would love to join in the fun on Instagram, so be sure to tag @nocrumbsleft and #nocrumbsleft so I can find you!

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Made In Winter Pork Roast with Apple Cider Gravy

  • Author: nocrumbsleft
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Diet: Gluten Free


For the Pork Roast:

2 medium carrots, peeled cut into 2 inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)

2 large celery stalks, cut in 1½ inch pieces (1 cup)

1 whole head garlic, top removed

1½ pounds potatoes, (if using medium size cut into quarters, if using small size, cut in half)

1 medium yellow onion, about 2 cups, cut into eighths 

2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided 

2½ tablespoons kosher salt, divided 

5½ pound center cut boneless pork loin roast with fat cap

½ cup chicken stock, warmed, plus more if needed

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, thinly sliced



For the Gravy:

½ cup chicken stock, warmed

½ cup white wine, Sauvignon Blanc or table wine

½ cup apple cider

1 tablespoon corn starch 

1 tablespoon cold water, more if needed

1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar


Make the pork:

Pre heat oven to 35oF and place your oven rack in the center.


In a large pot, bring water with 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil. Add the sliced potatoes and parboil, about 6 minutes. Remove and place in cold water to stop from continuing to cook, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet to dry completely. 


In a large roasting pan, combine the carrots, celery, whole garlic head, potatoes and onion with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon salt, tossing to coat thoroughly.


Push the vegetables to the sides of the pan to make an opening. Place the pork in the pan, fat cap side up, and using your hands, rub 1 teaspoon olive oil evenly over the pork. Then making sure to thoroughly and evenly cover the entire pork roast (all sides) sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Place the butter slices on top of the pork roast, then pour ½ cup of chicken broth over the vegetables. 


Place in the oven and cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Remove and baste. Rotate the pan and return to the oven. Increase the temperature to 375F in order to brown the meat further and cook for 15 minutes, then using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature. You’re looking for between 140 to 145F depending on how well done or pink you like it, but. you want this to be juicy! When checking the internal temperature, place the thermometer in through the side, not the fat cap. If not yet ready, return to the oven and cook until done, about 15 more minutes. Check the temperature about every 5 minutes.


Reserving all the juices in the pan, transfer the pork roast to a cutting board and transfer the vegetables to a separate bowl. Cover both loosely with aluminum foil and let rest while you make the gravy.


Make the gravy:

Place the roasting pan over medium heat on the stovetop and bring the pan juices to low simmer. Add the chicken stock and white wine and stir to simmer, about a minute. Keep moving the roasting pan over the stovetop to get all the sauce to heat up equally. 


Add the apple cider to the pan and stir to combine. In a small bowl, combine the corn starch and very cold water to make a slurry, stirring until well combined. Pour the slurry into the pan and stir to combine well. Add the balsamic, stir, and simmer until the cornstarch has thickened the texture of the gravy, about 5 minutes total, scraping the pan to get all the luscious bits from the bottom. Carefully pour any sauce from the cutting board into the roasting pan and stir to combine.


Transfer the gravy to a small pitcher or gravy dish. Return the pork roast and vegetables to the pan and serve with the gravy on the side. Enjoy! 


Notes: Become friends with your local butcher. Have your butcher cut the pork roast to fit the size of your roasting pan. 

Keywords: pork roast, holiday roast