Pork Belly Porchetta
Serves 6 people
- •2 kg piece pork belly (see tip)
- •1 ½ tablespoons fennel seeds
- •6 garlic cloves
- •½ teaspoon sea salt flakes
- •2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- •2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
- •10 large fresh sage leaves
- •1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
- •1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
- •¼ cup extra virgin olive oil + extra 2 teaspoons for rubbing pork rind
- •1 tablespoon sea salt flakes, for rubbing into pork
- •Roasted apples and potatoes, to serve
- 1.Place pork onto a board. Using a sharp knife, score the pork rind at 1cm intervals. Turn pork over and using a small knife, prick 20 small holes into the meat (this helps infuse the flavours).
- 2.Preheat oven to 240°C. Heat a small non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add fennel seeds and roast until fragrant. Transfer to a mortar and pestle or food processor. Add garlic, salt, herbs, chilli flakes, lemon rind and ¼ cup oil. Pound or pulse until it forms a rough paste.
- 3.Evenly rub herb paste over the meat-side of the pork. Tightly roll the pork from the longest side and tie at 2cm intervals to form a roll.
- 4.Rub pork rind with oil then liberally rub with sea salt. Place pork on a rack in a large roasting pan. Roast for 40 minutes or until skin is golden and crackled. Reduce heat to 160°C and roast for 1 hour 30 minutes or until pork is just cooked through. Remove and rest for 10 minutes. Remove string. Serve pork with roasted apples and potatoes.
For extra crisp crackling, the day before you cook the pork, pat the rind dry with paper towel, place pork rind-side up, uncovered on a rack on a tray in the fridge and leave it overnight. Stand for 20 minutes at room temperature and dry with paper towel before roasting.