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Roast pork rolls with apple slaw

Rolls stuffed with tender pork and crunchy crackling have to be one of the easiest (and most popular) ways to feed a crowd.

By Emma Knowles
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs 45 mins cooking plus resting
  • Serves 4 - 6
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This cider-roasted pork melts in the mouth. Stuffed into rolls with crunchy crackling and crisp apple slaw, it makes an ideal lunch. Don't let the pan juices go to waste - spoon them over the pork as you fill the rolls.


  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, coarsely crushed
  • ½ tsp each ground coriander and allspice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, plus 2 garlic heads, halved
  • Finely grated rind of 1 orange
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, thickly sliced
  • 1.2 kg piece pork belly, skin and fat scored at 1cm intervals
  • 250 ml dry apple cider
  • 1½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 225 gm (¾ cup) mayonnaise
  • 12 buttered soft small rolls, to serve
Apple slaw
  • 60 gm sour cream
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 400 gm cabbage (about ¼), shaved on a mandolin
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 golden shallot, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup coarsely torn mint
  • 4 long pickled chillies, thinly sliced


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220C. Dry-roast spices in a small frying pan over medium-high heat until fragrant, then place in a bowl with oil, thyme, chopped garlic and rind, and season to taste. Place apple and heads of garlic, cut-side up, in a roasting pan and place pork on top skin-side up. Rub spice paste all over skin, then add cider and 3 tsp vinegar to pan and roast until skin begins to crackle (1-1¼ hours). Reduce oven to 180C and roast until golden brown and pork is fork-tender (1-1½ hours). Rest for 15 minutes and thickly slice just before serving.
  • 2
    For apple slaw, whisk sour cream, vinegar, oil, rind, juice and garlic in a bowl. Add cabbage, apple, shallot, mint and pickled chillies, season to taste and toss to combine.
  • 3
    Squeeze roasted garlic cloves from skins, mash with a fork, then stir into mayonnaise along with remaining vinegar and season to taste. Serve sliced pork and slaw in buttered rolls spread with roasted garlic mayonnaise.