Having the kids home for Summer break is lots of fun but is also rough on my daily routine.  I, as hard as it is to admit have grown into a person who cherishes my daily routine.  I (mostly by my own doing) have a huge amount of stuff on my plate each day.  Without a routine I would never even come close to getting all of my stuff done.  I remember myself (before children) when I was, dare I say, spontaneous… foot loose and fancy free.  Now, I have lists….lots of lists.  To be honest I sometime miss the “old” me.  I hear myself  these days and have troubles believing it’s me.  When exactly did I become so intolerant of “stuff” on the floor?   That’s my Mother not ME…right??  No?  Jeez.  Maybe, I will feel young and free-spirited if I go throw something on the floor….Nah, I would just hate that.  Don’t tell my Mother but I really (REALLY) like things in order.  Don’t look now but I think she may have been right.  Luckily, she will never know as she rarely reads my blog.  Though with my luck, 15 minutes after I publish this I will get the I told you so phone call.

On a totally unrelated note, my Grandma Nettie who is 94 just got an iPad a few days ago and I am so proud of her.  She is learning all sorts of new stuff and sends me email now.  Can I just tell you there is nothing more adorable than getting email from your Grandmother.  I know you are reading this Grandma….I love you!!!!

Please excuse that outburst, I will keep that stuff to a minimum….I just couldn’t help myself.  I am so proud of her.  Anyway, One of my favorite ways to free up some time for myself with the children is to roast something low and slow starting early in the day.  I get to feel like something important is happening while I’m off doing other things.  I love that!  So with that in mind I bought a boneless boston butt pork roast to prepare.  This time though I wanted to give it a title extra splash so I butterflied the entire roast open, seasoned the inside and layered on the sweet onions, granny smith apples and shredded cheese.  I rolled the whole roast back up, tied it up and roasted it slowly all day long.  The result was delicious.  It was easy as could be and the family ate very well with minimal effort on my part.  This roast gave me time to spend with a dear cherished friend which I always enjoy .

Apple and Onion Stuffed Boston Butt Pork Roast (boneless)

1 Boston Butt pork roast (bone out) about 4 lbs.

2 lemons

1/2 of a large Vidalia onion (peeled and sliced)

1 granny smith apple (peeled and sliced)

1 1/2 cups shredded cheese of your choice

salt and pepper

onion and garlic powder

dried oregano


chicken stock

hot sauce (optional)

Here we go….

Using a long thin blade knife cut the roast open by starting from the long side of the roast.  When the roast is essentially butterflied and even, season the roast liberally with the salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder and oregano.  Now zest the lemons with a microplane and spread the lemon zest over the entire roast.  Layer on the apples in shingled rows (this helps to roll the roast back up).  Next layer on the sliced onions.  Season the onion layer with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle the cheese over the onion layer.

Roll the roast closed being careful to keep the filling in place as you roll.  You are rolling from the long side not the short side.


Spray a roasting pan set it aside.  Pre-heat your oven to 285 degrees.  Once the roast is rolled up using cotton kitchen twine (butchers twine) tie the roast closed.  In an effort to keep the entire roast even from one end to the other start with the first tie in the middle.  Then add a tie to each of the ends.  Then add 2 more ties making 6 ties evenly spaced.  Next make at least 1 but you may need 2 ties running longways across the roast.  Tying the roast this way make for very even cooking.

Place the now stuffed and tied roast in the roasting pan fat side up.  Squeeze the lemons over the roast.  Evenly pour about a cup of brandy over the roast.  Now season the outside of the roast liberally with the same spices.  I like a little hot sauce so I sprinkle a bit on there too.

Cook this roast for about 2 – 2 1/2 hours at 285 degrees. Then turn the temperature up to 300 and cook for 4 more hours (estimated).  As the brandy reduces add a bit of chicken stock to the pan to keep the pan from drying out and help create the pan drippings for later.  Baste the roast with the drippings/brandy/chicken stock once an hour after the first 2 1/2 hours.  This is how you get that gorgeous dark shiny crust.

When the roast is nice and tender (very) remove it from the oven and cover it with foil wrap.  This rests the roast and allows the juices to redistribute within the meat.  It also make the roast a bit easier to slice.  Keep in my it is very tender and may fall apart a bit.

You can thicken the drippings but the flavor was just perfect so I drizzled the drippings (after removing any extra fat) over the sliced roast and also over the rice I served with it.  Caramelized apples and onions with pork and brandy.  How can that be bad?  Great flavor, This roast is hard not to pick at while it’s resting.  My friend and I picked at it but we did it from the bottom so the dark caramelized top remained perfect….until Hubby got home and starting pulling big pieces off.  MEN!






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16 Responses to A dish that practically prepares itself….Stuffed Boston Butt Pork Roast with apples, vidalia onions and cheese.

  1. I saw this over on Mz. Helen’s Country Cottage and I wanted to drop by for the recipe. Oh my gosh, this looks so delicious; absolutely tender and perfect!

  2. Paula says:

    Oh my that looks yummy!! And as a pork producer I’m happy to see it’s not been over cooked :) We ever get a break in this heat, I know what I’m going to cook next!

    • Tamatha says:

      Thank you very much, I try to treat anything I cook with respect. Please let me know what you think when you make this, I would love to know.I hope you love it!

      • Paula says:

        This was delicious!! Though next time I think I will leave out the cheese. Thanks for a great recipe.

        • Tamatha says:

          I am so glad you enjoyed it. We love this dish, it’s so easy to make and had such huge flavor! I love when dinner is in the oven slowly roasting away while I get so much other stuff done. Then when I serve dinner it’s so darn good! Fall is here…slow roasting smells extra good this time of year.

  3. Miz Helen says:

    You got a beautiful roll on that roast, that is a real art. This is a beautiful roast it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great holiday week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I just hopped over from DJDH Farmgirl blog hop. Now I’m hungry! We love Boston Butt Roast!

  5. Megan says:

    OMG! That looks amazing!!!!

  6. Debra says:

    I miss my Granny (Mom’s Mom) and my Grandma (Dad’s Mom) very much. They have both been gone for many years. I am very happy for you that you and your Grandma Nettie are now online together. That roast makes my mouth water. It looks PERFECT!

    • Tamatha says:

      It means the world to me, My Grandma is awesome!!!! I am just so proud of her. I can’t imagine how I will feel when she is gone. The thought scares me to death. I know it’s been years but I am still sorry for your loss.

      The roast is juicy and full of flavor, I hope you give this a go.

  7. […] Ok, enough of that….I made sour cream popovers today to go with a pork roast and a bit of that apple chutney I made yesterday.  The sour cream adds such a nice tanginess that is yummy.   The chutney is the perfect accompaniment to a nice roast pork.  The popovers slathered with a bit of butter dipped in roast pork drippings then with a bit of chutney….I’m telling you dinner was amazing.  If you missed the apple chutney recipe you can find it here.  If you need a recipe for an excellent roast pork you might try this one. […]

  8. Annalisa says:

    My my my, I know what I’m making for Thanksgiving! Thank you so much. I was thinking of adding some celery and carrot to the stuffing and omitting the cheese as we have a few people here with intolerances. I can’t wait to impress the family with it, as I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the entire family for the first time. My mom and brother are both bringing turkeys and I wanted to surprise everyone with an alternative meat option. Since we’re like, really big meat eaters. :) Thanks so much!!! I’ve been scouring the internet and this looks like GOLD!

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