Pork Belly with lentils and black cabbage salsa, recipe

Pork Belly with lentils and black cabbage salsa, recipe

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For the brinepork_belly_with_lentils_06680_16x9

150g/5½oz demerara sugar

200g/7oz sea salt

1 tbsp black peppercorns

2 cloves

1 bay leaf

sprig fresh thyme

For the pork belly and lentils

1kg/2lb 4oz piece pork belly

oil, for frying

70g/2½oz bacon, diced

1 onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp herbes de provence

200g/7oz Puy lentils

175ml/6fl oz white wine

400ml/14fl oz chicken stock

For the salsa

25g/1oz fresh mint, leaves picked

25g/1oz fresh parsley, leaves picked

50g/1¾oz cavolo nero

2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated

10g salted anchovies, roughly chopped

35g/1¼oz capers, drained, roughly chopped

1 shallot, very finely chopped

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1 lemon, zest only

150ml/5fl oz olive oil


Preparation method

Bring 1litre/1¾ pint of water and all of the brine ingredients to the boil. Make sure the sugar and salt have dissolved, then remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Place the pork belly in a plastic container with a lid. Pour the brine over the pork to cover and seal the container with the lid. Transfer to the fridge for 24 hours.

Remove the pork belly from the brine and pat dry.

Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.

Place the pork belly onto a wire rack suspended over a baking tray. Roast in the oven for 2½-3 hours, or until crisp and golden-brown. Once cooked, allow the pork to rest for at least 30 minutes.

Heat a little oil in a saucepan set over a medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until crisp, then remove the bacon and add the onion to the pan. Fry until soft and translucent.

Return the bacon to the pan. Stir in the herbs de provence and the lentils and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the white wine and bring to the boil. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and cook for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are just soft.

For the salsa, blanch the mint and parsley in a pan of boiling water for a minute. Remove from the pan, keeping the water boiling, and plunge into ice-cold water. Add the cabbage leaves to the boiling water and after two minutes place in the cold water with the herbs. When the leaves are cold, drain them thoroughly and squeeze to remove any excess water.

Chop together the cabbage, mint leaves and parsley leaves. Add the grated garlic, chopped anchovies and capers. Put this mixture into a bowl with the chopped shallot, salt, cayenne pepper and lemon zest. Mix in the olive oil to make a rough salsa.

To serve, slice the pork, spoon the lentils into a large serving bowl and serve with the salsa.

Recipe found at BBC Food by Tom Kerridge.