Want to impress your friends or family with an amazing dish that is easy to prepare, beyond delicious and is something a bit different than your usual Sunday pork roast? We have just the recipe for you!
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What is Porchetta anyway?
If you are wondering what the word Porchetta stands for, the explanation is simple. It’s basically a stuffed pork roast originating from Italian culinary tradition. And the best part may very well be the cost of all the ingredients. Pork belly is actually a relatively affordable cut of pork, that can become incredibly tender, juicy and delicious, when cooked low and slow.
To prepare porchetta start with a nice evenly thick cut of pork belly with skin on. Though you can also buy pork ribs and cut the bones out (that’s exactly what we did). Chop some garlic, parsley and other fresh herbs you have at hand. Lightly cut into the skin to form small squares, then season the pork belly with salt, pepper and herbs. Finally roll it tightly and secure it with some natural cord, so it will keep it’s shape. Our porchetta was just big enough for 4 servings. We roasted it for good two hours on 160°C and then for half an hour at 190°C to. Since pork belly contains a lot of fat, so you won’t have a problem with over cooking. Take your time, longer will be better! When the porchetta was done we put it to rest for 20 minutes. In the meantime we drained the fat from the baking pan and deglazed all the caramelized bits with white balsamic vinegar. This produced a delicious sauce from almost »thin air«!
Let the pork shine – add potatoes and kale!
We served the porchetta with potato purée and pan fried some kale on butter with fresh chili and lemon juice.
Ingredients We used
Spices of choice
- If you decide to make porchetta from pork ribs, you can use the leftover bones to prepare pork stock. It might come in handy for making a soup or all kind of other dishes. You can also store it in the fridge for later.
- To make porchetta more even and fine cut the pork belly into half of the thickness. In the process be careful since both sides still have to stick together! Make sure to check out the video to see how we did this.
We know that it will be hard to trump this recipe. But let’s say you have to impress a lady that will shy away from the more fatty cuts of meat. Well then, try out our pork tenderloin recipe instead and tell us how it went afterwards. Well, never mind, we already know.
Also, if you want to spice up your kale and pork take a look at our friends over at zacimbe.si – they are great spice sellers with high quality spices that always keep us on our toes when we go into the kitchen.
And until next time – go cook a little!