Chefs' Recipes

Porchetta

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for porchetta by Brigitte Hafner from Gertrude Street Enoteca.
Porchetta

Porchetta

Chris Chen
16
30M
3H
3H 30M

To make this lavish dish, you’ll need to find a butcher who sells suckling pig and is also willing to bone it for you. But the wonderful thing about roasting what becomes a very large fragrant roll of sweet, delicate-flavoured pork is there is hardly any fat and the skin becomes paper-thin crackling. It’s also easy to carve and can be eaten hot, warm, cold or over the next few days in sandwiches. Having said that, this recipe can also be applied to a loin of mature pork – I recommend the shoulder and always buy from very good, preferably Italian butchers who understand that pork must be female for the best flavour.

Ingredients

Fennel and herb stuffing
Iceberg and fennel salad

Method

Main

1.For fennel and herb stuffing, combine all ingredients in a bowl and season to taste. Set aside.
2.Preheat oven to 200C fan-forced (see note). Lay pork skin-side down on a large chopping board with shoulder and leg ends either side of you and belly directly in front. Trim 5cm off belly sides and discard. Remove legs and forequarters, trim skin from legs and forequarters and discard. Cut leg and forequarter meat into large flat pieces and place over butterflied pork to cover middle section with an even layer of meat. Season to taste, spoon stuffing lengthways along centre. Tuck longest sides in towards stuffing and roll away from you into a log, so that cut side is underneath. Tie at even intervals securely with kitchen string and place on a wire rack in a roasting pan. Season skin liberally with sea salt, rub with oil and roast until skin starts to crackle (25-30 minutes). Reduce oven to 180C fan-forced and cook until porchetta is just cooked through and internal temperature reaches 76C on a meat thermometer (2¼-2½ hours). Set aside to rest for 15 minutes.
3.Meanwhile, for iceberg and fennel salad, combine all ingredients in a bowl and season to taste. Serve with thickly sliced porchetta.

Suckling pig will need to be ordered in advance. If you’re boning it yourself, factor in at least 30 minutes more prep time, otherwise ask your butcher to do it for you, leaving it in one whole piece. Ricotta salata is a firm cheese made from salted ricotta, available from Italian and select delicatessens. If your oven is not fan-forced, increase temperature according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Drink Suggestion: Nebbiolo or pinot noir such as Kiltynane Estate Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley. Drink suggestion by James Broadway

Notes

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