Smoky eel puff pastries with pork belly, Emmental and apple

servings10
5 hours

Ingredients

Smoked eel puff pastries

  • 500g of puff pastry
  • 200g of Emmental, grated
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • sea salt
  • black pepper, freshly ground
  • 300g of smoked eel, trimmed
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

Pork belly

  • 500g of pork belly, piece
  • 1.5l vegetable stock
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 15g of parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 celery, stick
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped

Method

1
Heat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4. Put the pork belly in a roasting tin into which it fits snugly and cover with the vegetable stock, herbs, garlic, celery and carrots. Cover and braise in the oven for 3 hours. When cooked, lift out and drain
  • 500g of pork belly
  • 1.5l vegetable stock
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 15g of parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 celery
  • 2 carrots
2
Place the pork belly on a flat metal tray and put another metal tray on top. Weigh the top tray down with tins or weights
3
Let the meat cool at room temperature and then chill in the fridge until completely cold. Peel off the skin and cut off the excess fat, then slice up what is left. Keep the slices cold until ready to use
4
Roll out the puff pastry into a large rectangle, approximately 5mm thick
  • 500g of puff pastry
5
Brush the entire surface of the puff pastry with beaten egg yolk and season lightly with Maldon salt and black pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
6
Slice the trimmed smoked eel very thinly and lay over the pastry leaving a 5cm gap around the edge. This is so you can join the edges neatly when rolling the pastry
  • 300g of smoked eel
7
Top with a layer of sliced apple, then the Emmental and finally the pork belly. Season again with Maldon salt and pepper
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 200g of Emmental, grated
  • sea salt
  • black pepper, freshly ground
8
Roll the pastry up, away from you, like a Swiss roll. Keep the roll nice and tight. Chill until firm
9
Heat the oven to 190°C/Gas mark 5. Slice the roll into 5cm thick rounds. Place each round, cut side up, on a silicone mat
10
Brush lightly with the egg yolk, add a little salt to each pastry and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and risen
  • 1 egg yolk
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
11
Remove from the oven and serve warm