Kyle resident Ginny Spears, a former Pioneer Farms volunteer, offers this favorite family entree.

Cook Time: 2 hours.
Makes: 8 servings.

·       3 Tablespoons olive oil
·       1 whole pork shoulder roast (also called pork butt)
·       Salt and pepper, to taste
·       4 cups apple juice
·       1 cup beef stock
·       3 whole apples, cored and cut into wedges
·       3 whole medium onions, sliced
·       1 whole bay leaf
·       Wild Rice
·       2 1/2 cups wild rice
·       4 cups water
·       3 cups chicken stock
·       1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter
·       1/2 cup chopped pecans


Saute onions until brown. Or just add them raw to the roast.

To make the roast, heat olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Salt and pepper roast, then sear on all sides to give it some color. Reduce heat to low. Add apple juice, apple slices, onions, and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for 3 hours. Or you can put it in a 300 degree oven.

Near the end of the cooking time, make the rice by melting butter in a medium saucepan. Add pecans and saute for two minutes. Add wild rice and liquid, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until all liquid is cooked out.

When the roast is done, remove the roast, apples and onions to a platter. Raise heat to medium-high (to high) and boil liquid, reducing it until thick and rich.
Spoon thick sauce over the roast, then cut the roast into slices. Serve with apples, onions, and wild rice.