Jun. 21st, 2011

cookingtaco: Adding blended up macadamia to my brownie mix. (Default)
With potatoes.

Hello again CookingBlog. I've been told not to insult you... Clearly you've been running your mouth off again.

You're pushing me CookingBlog...

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And finally, it's on the plate! You can also see the apple and potatoes. (Both delicious)

All in all, it was a rather successful first attempt at the pork belly medium.

Here's a semi-standardised recipe of what I did (with a bit of hindsight added in...)

  • ~1.6kg Pork Belly
  • 5 Green Apples
  • 5 Lemons
  • 4 Limes
  • 5 Small Potatoes
  • ~100g Brown Sugar
  • ~15g No Egg
  • ~20g Juniper Berries
1) Cut and juice lemons and limes. Core apples and grate them into a bowl. Cover the apple bits with the juice (but save a bit).

2) Crush juniper berries in the lime juice well. Strain the resulting liquid into the apple mixture thing. (You may want to try to infuse the juniper longer with some kind of teabag? I don't know. Mix well and leave to soak.

3) Score the fat layer of the belly. Use a sharp knife! :S Try not to go deeper than the fat... Score the base but you can score deeper.

4) Wash, cut into circles, dry, salt and then coat in olive oil on some potatoes.

5) Put the pork belly skin down on a medium shallow pan. Stuff the base with apples (achieving an even layer). Then add the potatoes.

6) Flipping is tricky. Get a pan and apply pressure on the stacked pork and then flip it so that the fat is pointed up.

7) Add brown sugar and No-Egg to the resulting liquid (Try to drain the apple mixture beforehand).

8) Baste ham skin with the liquid. Put it in the oven at 100°C.

9) Continue to baste it in this manner whenever you feel like it. Eventually, some of the fat will melt. Gather it and mix it with the basting mixture.

10) When you think it's cooked well enough throughout either turn up the heat or put it on the grill setting to give it a more solid and caramelised skin...

11) Remove from oven and let it sit and cool. Cut through meat in a vertical way and eat with the apples and potatoes (along with whatever else you want to add).

It turned out rather well with rave reviews. I also made delicious pancakes. But that may be a story FOR ANOTHER TIME!?


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