You can't go wrong with slow roasted pork belly. With it's crisp crunchy crackling and soft tender meat, this economical cut of meat will please both your family and dinner party guests.
Slow roasted pork belly
- 2kg piece boneless pork belly (skin on)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 onions, sliced
- Pinch of ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
- 2 tablespoons thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Using a sharp knife, score the pork belly skin and fat in a criss-cross pattern, without cutting into the meat. Set aside.
- Place garlic, ground cloves, caraway seeds, chilli, thyme and some sea salt in a mortar and pestle or food processor and crush to a paste.Stir in the olive oil and lemon juice. Rub the marinade over the pork and stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 220C.
- Arrange the onion slices in a roasting pan and sit the pork on top. Roast for 30 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 170°C, then roast for a further 3 hours or until the pork is tender and cooked through, and the skin is crisp.
- Rest the pork belly, uncovered, for 20 minutes, then cut into slices and serve with a cauliflower mash or roast cauliflower.