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Servings 8
Calories 2284 kcal
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins

Ingredients
 

  • 2 kg belly pork, boned but skin on
  • 4 tbsp salt, roughly
  • 2 tsp freshly milled black pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed really well
  • 800 ml sunflower oil, approx.

For the Gherkin Dressing

  • 8 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 6 large gherkins, finely chopped
  • ½ small onion, very finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • ½ large lemon juice of

Instructions
 

  • Rub the salt over the pork, add the crushed garlic and thyme, rub in well. Place the pork into a glass or porcelain dish, cover and leave overnight.
  • The next day, preheat the oven to 160C, Gas Mark 3. Wash the salt off and place it into a small deep baking tray, just big enough to fit the pork. Gently heat the oil and pour carefully pour over the pork so that it is submerged.
  • Cover and place the tray carefully into the oven for about 2 hours or until a knife can pass through easily. The meat should be very soft, almost difficult to pick up but not stringy and overcooked. Remove from the oven and cool.
  • Lift out the cooked pork, place onto a flat tray skin side down and cover with cling film. Press with another tray and chill well.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 220C gas 7.
  • Cut the pork into 6-8 perfect squares, trim off any ragged edges.
  • Place skin side down into a hot, dry non-stick ovenproof frying pan and cook until the skin begins to crackle.
  • Transfer to the oven and cook for 15 mins until heated through.
  • Meanwhile, place the mayo, gherkins, onions and parsley together into a bowl mix really well.
  • Add the lemon juice and plenty of ground black pepper.
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Nutrition Facts
Crisp Succulent Belly Pork with Crunchy Gherkin Dressing
Amount per Serving
Calories
2284
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
243
g
374
%
Saturated Fat
 
60
g
375
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
24
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
148
g
Cholesterol
 
186
mg
62
%
Sodium
 
1066
mg
46
%
Potassium
 
505
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
24
g
48
%
Vitamin A
 
210
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
25
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword pork
Course Main Course, Pork
Cuisine British, ITV This Morning
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