Slow roasted belly pork with apples and sage

I made this for Alberto and I on Sunday evening. We both like a bit of a roast so I often tend to do one on a Sunday. I fancied something a bit different from a normal pork roast so I hunted around and found this belly pork recipe on the BBC website. It’s really tasty and easy to do. However, despite the suggestion that we went with mashed potato we both feel that a roast isn’t a proper roast without roast potatoes! (how many times did I use the word ‘roast’ in that sentence?!) I also did steamed kale and boiled munchkin pumpkins, with just a little knob of butter on.

The recipe is available on the BBC site so rather than transcribe it I’ll just link to it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/pork_belly_with_apples_71757

A few comments:

the ‘gravy’ wasn’t very tasty. It wasn’t horrible or anything, just not very flavoursome. I think it’s because you’re supposed to use the meat juices that are released during the first hour of cooking – trouble is there weren’t any! Or, at least there weren’t enough to provide any real flavouring.

I chopped up to much in the way of apples and onions (as well as adding a bit of leek too – I love leek and it goes really well with pork.) and so it didn’t all sit neatly under the joint. This meant that the edges of some of the veg got a bit burnt. Still, most of it was fine and tasty.

The roast potatoes required the oven to be turned up to 200 so I simply moved the roast to the very bottom of the oven so that it didn’t burn whilst the potatoes were crisping!

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About neilche

Hi. My name's Neil. I live in Brighton with my flatmate Alberto and I work as a Librarian at a local college. I like cooking, eating and socialising with friends. Which is what prompted me to start this blog. I cycle everywhere around town - it helps to work off the calories!
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2 Responses to Slow roasted belly pork with apples and sage

  1. Steve B says:

    Oh man, Neil, this looks mighty fine.

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