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How To Cook Traditional Roast Belly Pork

How To Cook Traditional Roast Belly Pork

By Jeff Baker

"Having begun his career in a professional kitchen in 1983, Jeff Baker has since cooked for the Queen, and worked alongside some of the world’s top chefs, such..."

A classic slow roast served with a tart apple sauce and sticky, sweet shallots.

Method for the pork:

  1. Remove the joint from the fridge and scald the rind by pouring over a full kettle of boiling water onto the skin over a clean sink with the pork resting on a wire tray, pat dry, then rub lightly with oil and season with salt. This can be done a day in advance and left uncovered in the fridge.
  2. On the day of roasting, preheat the oven to 140°C fan assisted or 160°C without a fan (gas 3).
  3. Roast for 2½ hours or until fork tender, basting with its own fat a couple of times throughout the cook.
  4. Next, increase the oven temperature to 210°C fan assisted or 230°C without a fan (gas 8) and continue to roast for an additional 20 minutes or until the skin becomes crisp and brittle.
  5. Leave to rest for 30 minutes in a warm place before carving.

Method for the apples:

  1. Place all the ingredients into a heavy based saucepan.
  2. Add a splash of water then cover with a tight fitting lid.
  3. Cook over a medium heat until the apples become soft and translucent.
  4. Remove the lid and increase heat, cooking for a further few minutes until the apples are tender and the excess moisture evaporates.
  5. Then, either smash the apples with the back of a fork for a more rustic sauce, or blend to a fine puree using a stick blender or food processor.

Method for the shallots:

  1. Place all the ingredients except the vinegar into a heavy based saucepan with the shallots evenly spread out and just covered with water.
  2. Simmer gently until the shallots are tender and the water evaporates, then increase the heat and lightly brown the shallots. Finish by adding the vinegar and carry on cooking until the vinegar evaporates. Serve straight away.

To serve:

  • Serve slices of pork with mashed potatoes, scatter over the shallots and add a good dollop of the apple sauce.

  • The Ingredients
  • • 1.25 kg flat belly pork rind on
  • • Oil to rub
  • • Fine sea salt
  • • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • • 20g unsalted butter
  • • 1 tbls. Unrefined sugar
  • • Juice of half a lemon
  • • 24 button shallots peeled
  • • 1 tbls. Chicken schmaltz or butter
  • • 2 tbls. Unrefined sugar
  • • 2 tbls. Sherry vinegar
  • • Pinch sea salt
  • • Few fresh thyme leaves

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