Crisp cider-braised pork belly

Barney Desmazery's prepare-ahead recipe for the perfect pork belly will be a sure-fire hit at your next dinner party

Heat the oil in a large frying pan until hot, then turn the heat down. Add the pork to the pan, skin-side down – be careful as it has a tendency to spit. Sizzle the pork as you would bacon...

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Cooking time: 3 Hour 30 Min
  • Rating: 5/5
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  • 1 large carrot Carrot ka-rotThe carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root… , roughly chopped
  • 1 onion Onion un-yunOnions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia… , roughly chopped
  • few celery Celery sell-er-eeA collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in… sticks, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • sprig fresh thyme ThymeThis popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 500ml good-quality cider Cider si-derCider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Apple orchards were…
  • small splash cider vinegar, plus extra to season
  • 1l fresh chicken stock
  • 1.2kg piece unscored boneless pork belly
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil Sunflower oilA variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…
  • apple Apple ap-pelGrown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are… mash and Mustard cabbage, to serve (see tip)

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