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Slow-roast pork belly with green pepper relish

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  • easy
  • 6
  • 3 hours, plus 12-24 hours brining or marinating time, depending on method chosen

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Pork belly

Green pepper relish (makes 2 jars)

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1
Score the skin of the pork belly as finely as possible to just cut through the surface into the fat, taking care not to go too deep with the blade. Ask your butcher to do this for you if you are unsure
2
Place the salt, star anise, paprika, fennel seed and bay leaves in a tub big enough to hold the belly comfortably. Add enough water to cover the meat, whisk to dissolve the salt then add the pork belly skin-side down. Place the tub in the fridge to brine for 24-36 hours
3
Alternatively, add the spices and bay leaves to a coffee grinder and blitz until combined. Mix with 3 tablespoons of salt, rub over the belly and leave to marinate for 12 hours
4
Once ready to roast, preheat the oven to 140°C/gas mark 1
5
Take the belly out of the brine or marinade, rinse under cold water and pat dry. Arrange the potatoes in the roasting tin and top with the pork belly with the skin facing up. Add 200ml of water to the bottom of the dish and roast for 1 1/2-2 hours. The timing will depend on how thick the belly is, so test the meat to check if it is cooked - push a fork into the flesh, it should be nice and tender and come away easily
6
Meanwhile, for the relish, chop the apple roughly and blitz with the green pepper, ginger, onion and garlic in batches until you have a rough purée. Add the purée to a heavy-based saucepan with the chillies, vinegar, fish sauce and sugar
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Place on a high heat and bring to the boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for approximately 40 minutes, stirring regularly so the chutney doesn't catch. Once it has reached a jam-like consistency, remove from the heat and ladle into sterilised jars to cool. Store until required
8
Once the pork is cooked, increase the oven temperature to 200°C/gas mark 6 and cook for an extra 8-10 minutes so the crackling bubbles up nicely
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If you are having trouble with the crackling, simply add a splash of oil to a hot heavy-based frying pan and add the pork skin-side down, making sure you press down evenly to get the entire surface well-crackled. Once you are happy with the crackling, leave the pork to rest for 15 minutes. Slice and serve with the chutney and your choice of greens
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