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By Anne Landefeld on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 8:03pm
? 4 pounds pork spareribs, cut into 2-rib portions
? Salt and pepper to taste
? 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, divided
? 2 tablespoons butter, preferably unsalted
? 1 cup chopped onion
? 2-3/4 cups apple juice or cider, plus 1/4 cup
? 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
? 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar (can use light)
? 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
? 2 tablespoons cornstarch
? 2 medium acorn squash (can use other winter squash)
? 4 large tart baking apples, such as Granny SmithDirections:
1. Preheat oven to 400? F. Place ribs in one layer in a shallow roasting pan, meaty side up. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon thyme.
2. Bake for 45 minutes until well browned. Spoon fat from pan and discard. (Can be prepared ahead and refrigerated for one day. Bring to room temperature before continuing.)
3. Reduce oven temperature to 350?.
4. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter; add onions and saut? until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme.
5. Stir in 2-3/4 cups apple juice, vinegar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Heat to boiling.
6. In a cup or small bowl, combine cornstarch with 1/4-cup apple juice.
7. Gradually add to hot liquid and stir until slightly thickened.
8. Pour juice mixture evenly over ribs.
9. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour.
10. Cut each squash into 8 wedges and each apple in half, discarding seeds and cores.
11. Add squash to ribs; spoon some of pan liquids over them
12. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes.
13. Add apples, baste again; cover,
14. Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until ribs and squash are tender.
15. Place the meat and vegetables on a serving platter and tent to keep warm. If desired, skim fat off of the liquids in the pan and bring to a boil over high heat to reduce slightly.
16. Serve, passing the pan juices separately.

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