Middle of Pork, Apple Sauce

Middle of Pork, Apple Sauce

A forgotten cut of pork and definitely my favourite – middle of pork combines the tenderness of loin with the flavour of belly. The belly also bastes the loin whilst cooking to ensure it remains super moist and tender.

Get your butcher to leave just enough belly attached to the loin to ensure the skin wraps around fully but does not overlap – which will help achieve some great crackling.

This is a simple recipe for perfectly cooked pork middle with apple sauce. Great served with roasted root vegetables.

Middle of Pork, Apple Sauce
Serves 6-10

Ingredients:

For the Pork: 1 Half Middle of Pork (Rolled and tied as above and skin scored), Sea Salt, Cracked Black Pepper, Olive Oil, 1 Garlic Bulb (Halved), Handful Thyme Sprigs

For the Apple Sauce: 6 Cooking Apples (Peeled, Cored and Chopped), 25g Unsalted Butter, Caster Sugar, Zest 1/2 Lemon, Fresh Nutmeg

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 220c. Coat the outside of the pork middle with a thin layer of olive oil and season well with sea salt. Place on a roasting tray belly side down and transfer to the oven. Cook at 220c for 20 minutes. Turn the pork so the belly side is facing up and cook at 220c for a further 20 minutes. Turn the pork back to its original position and reduce the oven temperature to 160c. Cook the pork for a further 3-4 hours or until the belly is tender and the crackling is crisp (you may need to increase the oven temperature to 190c for the last hour of cooking to crisp the crackling). When ready, remove from the oven and allow to rest in the roasting tray for at least 30 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, make the apple sauce. Place the apple segments in a saucepan with the butter and add a small splash of water. Cover with a lid and stew the apples over a low heat until tender, stirring occasionally, for around 30 minutes or until the apples are cooked down. Transfer the apples to a blender and blend to a purée. Return the purée to the pan and add the lemon zest. Season to taste with sugar and freshly grated nutmeg. Set aside.

3) Slice the pork middle, season each slice with a little sea salt and black pepper and serve the pork with the apple purée. Great served with roasted root vegetables.

Scallops, Pork Belly, Cauliflower

Scallops, Pork Belly, Cauliflower

A delicious combination of seared scallops, five spiced pork belly, cauliflower purée, apple and burnt lime.

Great as a starter, any left over pork belly makes the prefect sandwich the following day!

Scallops, Pork Belly, Cauliflower
Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the Scallops, Lime and Apple: 6 Scallops, Sea Salt, Rapeseed Oil, 1 Lime (Segmented), 1 Green Apple (Cut into Batons), 2tsp Icing Sugar

For the Cauliflower: 1 Cauliflower (Cut into Segments, Stalk Removed), 1tbsp Unsalted Butter, 300ml Milk, 2tbsp Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Nutmeg, Ground White Pepper

For the Pork Belly: 4 Slices Pork Belly (Boneless), 4tsp Five Spice Powder, Sea Salt, Black Pepper

Method:

1) First cook the pork belly. Coat the slices in a liberal amount of five spice powder, a little sea salt and a good grind of black pepper. Place on a baking tray and cover with foil. Roast in an oven at 180c for around 1 1/2 hours or until tender. The belly can be cooked in advance and reheated in a hot oven before serving.

2) Next prepare the cauliflower purée. Sauté the cauliflower in the butter and olive oil in a large pan over a medium to high heat until slightly golden. Add the milk and cover. Simmer the cauliflower until tender (around 10 minutes). Strain the cauliflower (retaining the milk) into a blender. Blend to a smooth purée – adding enough milk until the desired consistency is achieved. Season to taste with sea salt, white pepper and grated nutmeg.

3) Coat the lime segments in a little icing sugar and quickly toast in a very hot non-stick frying pan to char the outside and remove. Add a little olive oil to the pan, season the scallops and sear over a high heat for around 2 minutes each side or until just cooked through.

4) Serve the scallops with the cauliflower purée, some slices of the pork belly, apple slices, and charred lime segments.

Enjoy!

Scallops, Chorizo and Apple

Scallopes, Chorizo and Apple

A deliciously simple starter of seared scallops, fresh chorizo and sautéed apple served with potato purée.

For the best potato purée, bake the potatoes in their skins before passing.

This dish is best made with fresh chorizo as cured can be a little overpowering.

Scallops, Chorizo and Apple

Scallops, Chorizo and Apple
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Potato Purée: 4 Baking Potatoes, 75g Unsalted Butter, 50ml Single Cream, Whole Milk, Sea Salt, Fresh Nutmeg

For the Scallops, Chorizo and Apple: 12 Scallops (Roe and Skirt Removed), 2 Fresh Chorizo Sausages (Diced), 2 Red Apples (Diced), Juice 1/4 Lemon, Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method:

1) First make the potato purée. Bake the potatoes in a hot oven until tender. Remove from the oven when ready and allow to cool slightly. Remove the flesh from the skin and pass through a ricer into a clean pan. Place the potato skins in a small pan and add a good amount of whole milk and bring to a simmer. Place the pan with the riced potato over a low heat, add the butter and allow to melt. Add the single cream and beat the potato. Strain the whole milk into the pan, little be little whilst beating until the desired consistency is achieved. Season to taste with sea salt and grated nutmeg. Keep warm or reheat before serving.

2) Fry the chorizo in a small pan until crisp. Meanwhile, season the scallops with a little sea salt and lemon juice and fry in a little olive oil over a high heat for around 1 minute each side or until well seared and just cooked – set aside to rest for 1 minute. Whilst the scallops are resting, sauté the apple in the pan the scallops were fried in for 30 seconds until lightly browned.

3) Serve the scallops on top of some potato purée with a little chorizo and diced apple. Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil.

Enjoy!

Parsnip Velouté, Scallops, Curry

Parsnip Velouté, Scallops, Curry

Parsnip and Cider Velouté is a great accompaniment for pan seared scallops. Although not a true velouté, this silky sauce also pairs perfectly with the home-made curry oil and puffed cumin seeds for an impressive starter.

This parsnip and cider velouté is also great served simply with a drizzle of curry oil.

Parsnip Velouté, Scallops, Curry

Parsnip Velouté, Scallops, Curry
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Velouté: 6 Parsnips (Peeled and Chopped), 25g Unsalted Butter, 1 Onion (Finely Sliced), 1 Garlic Clove (Crushed), 2 Thyme Sprigs (Tied Together), 350ml Good Quality Dry Cider, 85ml Single Cream

To Finish: 8 Large Scallops, 2tsp Curry Powder, 75ml Grapeseed Oil, Small Handful Croutons (Gluten Free if Required), 2tsp Cumin Seeds, Small Handful Thyme Leaves

Method:

1) Place a large saucepan over a medium heat and melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic and sweat for 10 minutes until soft but not coloured. Add the parsnips and thyme and sweat for a further 5 minutes. Add the cider and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the parsnips are tender. Remove from the heat and remove the thyme. Transfer to a blender and blend until very smooth. Transfer the mixture to a clean pan. Just before serving add the single cream, season to taste with sea salt and white pepper and warm through.

2) Meanwhile make the curry oil by combining the grapeseed oil and curry powder in a small spice blender – blitz well to emulsify. Keep to one side. Next prepare the cumin seeds by quickly frying in hot oil for 30 seconds until lightly puffed – drain and set aside.

3) Season the scallops with sea salt and pan-sear in a little olive oil in a non-stick pan over a high heat. They should take around 1-2 minutes each side depending on size.

4) Spoon the velouté into small bowls and top with the scallops, a good drizzle of curry oil, a sprinkle of toasted cumin seeds, some seasoned croutons and a few thyme leaves.

Enjoy!

Pork Loin, Apple Sauce

Pork Loin, Apple Sauce

Pork and apple – a perfect marriage. With a windfall of apples in the garden, now was the time to make a big batch of apple purée.

Pork Loin is pan seared on the bone with a little garlic and thyme and served with my recipe for the perfect apple sauce.

For the sauce, spiced apple purée is combined with fresh, diced apple. This can be made in a big batch to be kept in the freezer.

Pork Loin, Apple Sauce
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Pork: 4 Bone in Single Loin Pork Chops (French Trimmed), 1tbsp Rapeseed Oil, 75g Unsalted Butter, 4 Garlic Cloves (Bashed), 3 Thyme Sprigs, Sea Salt, Cracked White Pepper, Small Handful Sage Leaves (Chopped)

For the Apple Sauce: 8 Small/Medium Cooking Apples (Peeled, Cored and Diced), 25g Unsalted Butter, 75g Caster Sugar, 2 Cinnamon Sticks, 3/4tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg, Small Pinch Sea Salt, 3 Sweet Eating Apples (e.g. Gala) (Peeled, Cored and Diced), 1tsp Grated Lemon Zest

Method:

1) Make the apple sauce by placing the diced cooking apples in a medium saucepan with the butter and a little splash of water over a medium heat. Add the cinnamon sticks and cover. Turn the heat down low and simmer for around 30 minutes until the apples have cooked out and the sauce is smooth. Stir in the caster sugar to taste and remove from the heat. Allow to cool slightly and add the diced eating apple, nutmeg, sea salt and lemon zest – stir well to combine. Set aside until ready to serve or store for later use.

2) Place a large frying pan over a high heat and add the rapeseed oil. Season the pork chops well with sea salt and cracked white pepper. Fry in the pan with the garlic and thyme for around 5-6 minutes each side until cooked to your liking. Add the butter to the pan and allow to melt. Baste the pork chops well on each side with the butter for 2 minutes. Remove chops from the pan, cover and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes.

3) Slice the pork loin from the bone and serve with the apple sauce and the chopped sage. Great served with roast potatoes and kale.

Enjoy!

Pork Pinwheel, Hazelnut Mayonnaise

Pork, Apple & Sage Pinwheel

A great alternative to a sausage roll – a blend of minced pork, apple and sage is spread over pastry and rolled up like a swiss roll! This is great served with homemade hazelnut mayonnaise.

The addition of a good crack of black pepper, freshly grated nutmeg and lemon and orange zest makes the filling for this pinwheel truly delicious and befitting of this time of year!

Pork Pinwheel, Hazelnut Mayonnaise
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Pinwheel: 1 Block Puff Pastry, 800g Minced Pork, 4tbsp Breadcrumbs, 2tbsp Sage Leaves (Chopped), Zest 1 Orange, Zest 1 Lemon, 1 Apple (Finely Diced), 1 Red Onion (Finely Sliced), 1 1/2 tsp Grated Nutmeg, 1tsp Sea Salt, 3tsp Cracked Black Pepper

For the Mayonnaise: 1 Egg Yolk, 1tsp Dijon Mustard, 1tbsp White Wine Vinegar, 60ml Hazelnut Oil, 100ml Sunflower Oil, 1/4tsp Sea Salt

Method:

1) Pre heat the oven to 200c. Roll out the pastry to a sheet measuring around 7″x14″ and around 3mm thick. Combine the minced pork with all of the other pinwheel ingredients in a bowl and mix well until fully combined. Spread the mixture over the pastry, leaving a 1″ edge at one end and roll the pastry from narrow end to narrow end as you would a swiss roll.

2) Cut the pinwheel into 3/4″ slices and transfer these to a lined baking sheet and glaze with a little egg wash. Place the pinwheel in the oven and bake for around 25 minutes until the pastry is golden and filling cooked through.

3) Meanwhile make the mayonnaise. Place the egg yolk, dijon and white wine vinegar in a food processor and blitz. Whilst blitzing, slowly add the hazelnut oil and then the sunflower oil until exhausted and the mayonnaise is thick and has emulsified. Add the sea salt and blitz quickly to combine. Set aside.

4) Serve the slices of pinwheel with the hazelnut mayonnaise.

Enjoy!

Brined Pork, Baked Apple & Mustard

Brined Pork, Baked Apple & Mustard

Brining pork makes an incredible difference to its succulence and flavour – allowing the opportunity to play with the flavour of the brine to create a truly unique dish.

Pork loin chops are marinated in a simple juniper and garlic brine and served with a baked apple and simple wholegrain mustard sauce.

Brined Pork, Baked Apple & Mustard
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Pork: 4 Pork Loin Chops (Bone In), 100g Sea Salt, 100g Caster Sugar, 10 Black Peppercorns, 12 Garlic Cloves (Bashed), Large Handful Fresh Thyme, 1tbsp Juniper Berries (Bashed), 4 cups Water

For the Apple: 4 Eating Apples (Cored), 2tbsp Sultanas, 1 Lemon (Zest), Grated Nutmeg

For the Mustard Sauce: 1/2 Glass White Wine, 150ml Single Cream, 2tbsp Wholegrain Mustard, 1tsp Honey, Cracked Black Pepper

Method:

1) Make the brine by combining the sugar, salt and water in a pan and bringing to the boil. Once the salt and sugar have dissolved remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Once cooled, add the other ingredients (excluding the pork) and mix well to combine. Place the pork in a shallow dish and cover with the brine. Cover and store in the fridge for 12 hours.

2) Make the baked apple by stuffing the centre with sultanas and topping with a little lemon zest and grated nutmeg. Bake in the oven at 180c for 20 minutes until tender but not split.

3) Meanwhile, cook the pork chops in a little oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Cook for around 8 minutes each side (depending on thickness) until cooked through. Once cooked, remove from the pan and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

4) Whilst the pork is resting, make the mustard sauce. Keep the heat high on the pan the pork was cooked in and add the white wine. Allow to reduce by half and add the mustard and honey, stirring to combine. Turn the heat down low and add the cream, stirring well to combine. Allow the cream to come to the boil and thicken slightly. Remove from the heat and season to taste with black pepper.

5) Carve the pork from the bone and serve with the baked apple and mustard sauce.

Enjoy!

A Tasting of Pork

A Tasting of Pork

Devising a recipe for pork for a weekend supper left me with too many options – I wanted to cook the delicious, tender belly but could not compromise on succulent fillet or a little black pudding for extra richness.

In an attempt to create a tasting of pork, I have paired prosciutto and sage wrapped fillet with slow cooked belly, crisp black pudding, crackling, apple purée, carrot purée, mini fondant potatoes, beetroot crisps and diced apple. The apple cut through the richness of the pork belly and the earthy flavour of the beetroot and sage paired excellently with the spicy black pudding.

I give the recipe for the slow cooked pork belly (sous vide) and apple purée below – which would make for a great sunday lunch if accompanied by roast potatoes and gravy!

A Tasting of Pork

Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Apple Purée
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1kg Pork Belly (Bones Removed, Skin Removed for Crackling)
25g Unsalted Butter
2 Garlic Cloves (Bashed)
2 Thyme Sprigs
Small Handful Fresh Sage
1kg Granny Smith Apples
Juice 1/4 Lemon
Zest 1 Lemon
Nutmeg
50ml Water
Salt & Black Pepper

Method:

1) For the pork belly, season with salt and pepper and vacuum pack in a sous vide bag with the garlic, butter, thyme and sage. Cook in a water bath at 82C for 12 hours.

2) Meanwhile, make the apple purée: peel and core the apples and chop into medium sized pieces. Place in a large saucepan with the water. Bring the apples to a simmer over a medium heat, reduce the heat and cook the apples for around 1 hour or until no pieces remain and the mixture resembles a purée.

3) Pass the apples through a fine sieve. Season with a little salt and add the lemon juice and zest. Grate over a generous amount of nutmeg and stir the mixture to combine. Keep warm until ready to serve or chill and reheat.

4) Remove the pork from the vacuum bag and pat dry. Fry in a large frying pan over a high heat until the belly is nicely crisp. Cut into equal slices and serve with the apple purée.

Enjoy!

Sea Bass with Apple and Fennel

Sea Bass with Apple and Fennel

This is a beautifully fresh and healthy dish for a quick midweek supper. Crisp-skinned sea bass with capers and oven roasted tomatoes pairs perfectly with a vibrant apple and fennel salad.

Crisping the skin on your sea bass is key to this delicious dish – ensure it is nice and dry and fry over a high heat in only a little oil in a non-stick pan. The fish should be left skin side down for 2/3 – 3/4 of the cooking time, quickly flipping over near the end to cook through.

The apple and fennel salad would also be great as a barbeque side.

Sea Bass with Apple and Fennel
Serves 2

Ingredients:
2 Sea Bass Fillets
2 tsp Capers
8 Cherry Tomatoes (Halved and oven baked at 180C for 15 mins)
1 tbsp Chopped Parsley
Juice 1 Lemon
1 Fennel Bulb (Finely Sliced)
1 Apple (Cored and Finely Sliced)
1/2 Red Chilli (Finely Chopped)
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
1 tsp Olive Oil

Method:

1) Make the apple and fennel salad by combining the apple, fennel and chilli with half of the lemon juice in a large bowl. Season with a little sea salt and toss to combine.

2) Place a non-stick pan over a high heat. Season the sea bass fillets with sea salt and a little pepper. Fry the fillets in the olive oil for around 3 minutes skin side down and 1 minute flesh side down – or until cooked through.

3) When ready to serve – squeeze the remaining lemon juice over the sea bass and top with the capers and chopped parsley. Serve the apple and fennel salad on the side.

Enjoy!

Apple and Potato Gratin

Apple and Potato Gratin
 
This side dish is the ideal accompaniment for roast pork – tart apples and sweet caramelised onions cutting through the fattiness of the meat.

This recipe could easily serve 8 – but will be great the following day with leftovers.

Apple and Potato Gratin
Serves 8

Ingredients:
700g Onions (Finely Sliced)
1kg Maris Piper Potatoes (Peeled and Sliced)
800g Granny Smith Apples (Cored and Sliced)
50g Unsalted Butter
1tbsp Golden Caster Sugar
150ml Water
1 Glass Dry White Wine
Handful Thyme Sprigs
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Sea Salt
25ml Olive Oil

Method:

1) Pre heat the oven to 200C. In a large casserole dish on the stovetop, sauté the onions in the sugar, butter, thyme and a little salt over a medium heat for 10 minutes until lightly browned. Turn up the heat and add the water and wine. Reduce until 1/4 of the liquid remains.

2) Remove the onions from the dish and mix with the potatoes, apples and a little salt and pepper in a large bowl. Return to the casserole dish and transfer to the oven, covered.

3) Bake the gratin covered for 1 hour. After 1 hour remove the lid and drizzle the top of the gratin with the olive oil. Bake for a further 15 minutes until golden.

Enjoy!