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Twice-cooked pork belly with pickled apple salad and maple-glazed cabbage

Crackling and delicious, this dish showcases twice-cooked pork and apple in a classic flavour combination that's sure to impress.
Twice-cooked pork belly with pickled apple salad and maple-glazed cabbage on red background.Alicia Taylor
4-6
30M
2H 15M
2H 45M

Twice-cooking and pressing this pork belly delivers restaurant-grade crackling. The zingy introduction of pickled apple instead of classic baked or puréed apple takes the iconic pairing from Sunday roast to date night territory. Begin this twice-cooked pork belly recipe a day ahead.

Ingredients

Baked Cabbage
Pickled Apple Salad

Method

1

Preheat oven to 120°C fan-forced. Season pork belly and drizzle with oil. Place garlic, star anise and thyme in centre of a small, deep-sided tray and sit pork belly on top, skin-side up. Pour in 500ml wine, then cover with foil. Cook until pork has cooked through (1¼ hours). Remove pork from tray and transfer to a separate tray. Place another tray on top and weigh down with cans to flatten. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.

2

Meanwhile, add remaining 125ml wine to baking tray and deglaze for 5 minutes. Pour in stock and bring to a simmer. Use back of a spoon to squash garlic into sauce. Simmer until sauce has thickened (10 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve into a jug and set aside; keep warm.

3

Increase oven to 200°C fan-forced. For baked cabbage, place cabbage on a tray lined with baking paper. Mix remaining ingredients in a small jug. Drizzle over cabbage and bake until slightly charred (25 minutes).

4

To finish cooking pork, change oven to grill and preheat to 200˚C. Use a sharp knife to cut pork into desired portions. Place a rack over a tray and place pork on top. Grill on top rack until rind has crackled and pork is heated through (20-25 minutes).

5

For pickled apple salad, whisk vinegar and maple syrup until dissolved. Add apple and allow to pickle for 10 minutes. Drain and toss through micro herbs and walnuts.

6

Serve pork with roasted cabbage, pan sauce and pickled apple salad.

This recipe also calls for pickling, pressing (see method).

Note

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