Alea’s Pork Roast with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Sweet Potatoes

by Alea on December 13, 2011

Pork Roast and Pumpkin Pie Spiced Sweet Potatoes |

I discovered long ago that I could get my kids to eat any orange vegetable if I season it with pumpkin pie spices. I decided to take that idea and kick it up a notch and apply it to Sunday Dinner.

This is an easy one-pot dinner. It is also quite frugal for a fancy Sunday dinner. Pork roasts go on sale for as little as .99 cents  a pound in my area and sweet potatoes have been on sale for around .50 cents a pound.

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Pork Roast with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Yield – 4 – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time –  1 1/2 hours


  • 2 – 3 lb. pork roast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes or yams
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add olive oil to an oven safe pan. Place roast in pan and brown on all sides over a medium-high heat.
  • While the meat is browning, mix orange juice, honey, and spices in a small bowl.
  • Once the meat is browned, pour half of the honey spice mix over the roast. Place a lid on the pot (or cover tightly with foil) and place it in the oven. Cook for 30 minutes.
  • While the meat is cooking, wash and coarsely chop the sweet potatoes. I leave the skin on.
  • Add the sweet potatoes to the pot and drizzle the remaining honey spice mix over the potatoes. Toss to coat the potatoes. Place lid back on pot and cook for 1 hour or until the roast reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees and the sweet potatoes are fork tender.

I place the pork roast and sweet potatoes on a platter and then spoon the drippings over the roast and potatoes. I serve this with a salad made of winter greens and topped with a sweet and tangy dressing like Orange Mustard Vinaigrette.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen March 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

This was one great recipe and it makes plenty of leftovers to turn into pork and beans.


Alea Milham March 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

That is a delicious idea for the leftovers! Thanks for sharing it.


Kristy September 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

What about doing this in the crock pot? 4 hours on slow after browning the meat. Would that work?


MaryLinda November 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

That’s what I was wondering too. I’d like to make this in the crock pot while I am at work but have had problems with a pork roast drying out in the crock pot before I get home, even when cooking on low.


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