Stuffed Pork Belly roast with Apples & Sage
August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
With snow present in most of South Africa this morning, it’s only fair that I share one of my ultimate roast recipes with you. This pork belly roast is not only delicious and comforting, but it also has serious wow-factor and will impress your guests to no end.
The apple & sage stuffing is subtle and adds a quiet hum of flavour to the rich pork. I didn’t want to add breadcrumbs like you would with most stuffings as I didn’t want to add any heaviness. I wanted it there purely to flavour the pork and this is exactly what it did. I also loved how the sweet, almost tangy apple stuffing cut through the richness of the pork.
The pork belly I used was a supermarket buy simply because I didn’t have time to visit my butcher. Try to get a nice big pork belly which will up the cooking time but will feed more, obviously. This belly was relatively small (which is what I find with most supermarket pork bellies). Tell your butcher you want to stuff and roll the pork belly and ask him to trim it accordingly. Also ask him for some butcher’s string, they are usually very generous with this type of thing.
I served the pork belly with cauliflower cheese and a simple green salad and every mouthful tasted of comfort and home, if you know what I mean. Just perfect for this insanely icy weather we’re experiencing at the moment.