Everyone needs a great pork belly recipe in their lives.
It’s great whatever the season, filling, tasty and a real crowd pleaser.
This one has the crispiest, most delicious crackling you’ll ever find!
No funny ingredients, nothing fancy. Simple food at its best.
One belly of pork
Cooking apples (one for every guest)
Right, this is ludicrously easy! Pre-heat your oven to 220C/400F. Dry the skin of your pork with paper towels. Pop it onto a rack over a baking tray. Drizzle with a enough olive oil to cover, rub it around and sprinkle liberally with salt.
Put into the hot oven for an hour.
While it’s cooking, peel and chop your apples. Simmer in a covered saucepan with a small cup of water for 10mins, or until they go really mushy. There shouldn’t be too much water left over, but if you find there is, drain it away, stir in a sprinkle of nutmeg and pop your apple sauce on one side.
After an hour check your pork. If the crackling isn’t quite done, turn the grill (broiler) on and give it a minute or two under there.
Voila! You’re done!
Serve it up with whatever you fancy, mash, veggies, salad… or just a little wine.
Make sure you tear off a chunk of that crackling and scoop up a mouthful of apple with it, it’s a shortcut to heaven.