Belly pork, caramelised apple wedges and boulangere potatoes

This dish is a real crowd pleaser for a lazy day. You can’t go wrong with tender pork and potatoes with a twist.

Main courses
Belly pork, caramelised apple wedges and boulangere pots
  • Preparation time 1 hour (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 3 hours+ (cooking time)
  • Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 30ml/1 fl oz Vegetable oil
  • 1.5kg/3lb 6oz Belly pork
  • 145g/5oz Onion, roughly chopped
  • 145g/5oz Carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 Garlic bulb, crushed
  • 85ml/3fl oz White wine
  • 30g/1oz Cornflour
  • 1kg/2lb 4oz Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 235g/10oz Onions, thinly sliced
  • 15g/.5oz Vegetable bouillon
  • 115ml/4fl oz Water
  • 15g/.5oz Rosemary
  • Salt and pepper
  • 30g/1oz Butter, melted
  • 2 Apples
  • 30g/1oz Butter
  • 15g/.5oz Caster sugar

Method

  1. Gently heat the oil in a deep roasting tray on the hob then add the chopped onion, carrots and garlic and sauté for five minutes.
  2. Place the pork on top of the vegetables, skin side up,  and pour in the white wine.
  3. Add the stock cube dissolved in 100ml / 4floz boiling water and bring to the boil. Cover with foil and roast at 160°C for 2–3 hours.
  4. Take out the oven and leave for five minutes. Place the pork in a new tray, cover with cling film then place a tray on the top and put some weights on the top to compress the pork – you could use a few tins. Chill for at least 6 hours.  
  5. Tip the remaining contents of the roasting tray into a pan, add a little water and bring to the boil. Strain through a sieve, pushing through as much as you can with a ladle or spoon, dissolve the cornflour in a couple of spoons of water, pour into the sauce and stir to thicken.
  6. For the potatoes: melt half the butter and use a little to brush the deep tray. Layer in the potatoes, sliced onions and rosemary; pour over the bouillon, then the rest of the melted butter and season. Cover with foil and bake at 170°C (gas mark 4) for an hour until the potatoes are soft, remove the foil place back in the oven for a further 10 – 15 minutes or until the top is golden.
  7. For the apples: melt the butter in a frying pan and sprinkle in the sugar, place the apples cut side down in the butter mix and sauté gently until soft and caramelised.
  8. To serve, slice the pork belly then bake on a lined tray at 180°C for 10–15 mins until the skin is crisp. Serve with the boulangere potatoes, drizzle over some of the sauce and add  a wedge of caramalised apple.

All ovens vary so please use times and temperatures as guides. This recipe does not use gluten-containing ingredients but please check food packaging for allergens.