Pork bellies with anchovy and olives – by Thrash

Here’s a recipe submitted by regular Meateater Thrash Cardiom.

Heat your oven to 230C. Make sure it is up to heat!

If the skin isn’t scored enough, lay the pork flat, skin side up. Get a very sharp knife and cut some scores into it that go into the fat but not the meat. Has to be very sharp.

1) Decide how you are going to roll it. Ideally you want to roll it so the grain runs across the roll rather than along it. If you don’t do this, then the pork falls into long strings when you try to slice it.

2) Lay it skin side down. Get a tin of anchovies and lay them out down the centre of the pork. You don’t need to go to the edges where you are going to roll it from. I usually cover a strip of pork about 7 to 10 cm wide. One tin will be enough.

3) De-stone a whole lot of black olives and roughly chop them. Pile them on the anchovies and spread them out over the same strip. You want enough to cover the strip completely to a depth of at least 1cm.

4) Get a couple of cloves of garlic and chop them roughly. Throw in a couple of handfuls of good parsley and chop them together with the garlic very finely. I think the proper term is persilade. Put this over the pork.

5) Cut string into lengths that will go right around the pork with plenty to spare. You need to be able to easily tie the ends. You will need enough to tie them about 2cm apart right along the length of the roll. Lay the strings out on a board about 2cm apart.

6) Carefully place the pork on the string in the with the strings running in the direction you are going to roll it. Then carefully bring the ends of the pork together. They can overlap a bit if necessary. Tie the very centre string so the roll is held together. It should be firm, not loose, but not so tight the string cuts into the skin. Working out from the centre continue tying the string around the pork. If any stuffing falls out, poke it back in. Cut the string ends off.

7) Salt the skin all over. Salt it well! Place in a roasting pan – no oil or fat – and place in the oven which should be VERY HOT (230C). Cook it for half an hour.

8) Turn the oven down to 160C and open the door. Let the heat out. When the temp is almost down. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the skin. Shut the door and leave for 1.5 hours.

9) Get half a cup of white wine. Start basting the pork every 15 minutes. When you run out of wine, scoop all the lovely dark fatty/wine mix from the bottom of the pan over the skin. A turkey baster comes in handy here.

10) How long to leave it for? The last one I did weighed 1.5kg and I cooked it for about 3 hours. I cooked a 3.1kg one for around 5 hours. This is very much a “feel” process for me so I can’t give you exact instructions.

11) Remove from the oven and rest the meat for 20 – 30 minutes. Remove the strings carefully. They will be stuck. Remove the skin and lay it out one a plate for cutting up. If the skin needs a little more cooking to complete the crackle, you can remove it before resting the meat and put it back in the oven on a higher heat.

12) Slice the pork. They will need to be fairly thick slices and you will need a reasonable knife. However, you should be able to just pull it apart if you need to.

For more recipes like this go to: http://www.meateaters.co.nz/pork/pot-roasted-pork-loin-with-bay-leaves-and-fino-sherry

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