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Twice cooked pork with pickled baby cucumbers

Preparation time
15 mins + overnight standing of pickled cucumbers
Cooking time
4-5 hours
Serves
4

Ingredients

For the pork

12kg boneless free range, high welfare pork belly

2 heads organic Australian garlic, smashed

5 x 10cm sprigs rosemary

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil, for shallow frying

Pickled baby cucumbers

125g sea salt

1kg small pickling cucumbers, washed

1 serrano red chilli, sliced

4 bay leaves

10g peppercorns

1L white vinegar

125g white sugar

 

Method

For the pork

1. Pre heat oven to 110ºC.

2. Place the pork skin side up into a heavy casserole with a lid, cover with cold water and add the garlic and rosemary and season very generously with sea salt and pepper. Cover and place into oven. Cook for approximately 4-5 hours until very soft, a skewer should easily slide through the thickest part, check every hour or so to make sure that water doesn’t all evaporate, if so, add 250ml water and continue to cook. 

3. When cool, remove from oven and allow to cool in pot. When cool enough to handle, remove from the cooking liquor (reserve juices for another use) place onto a tray and chill until you’re ready to cook it.

4. Heat 2cm of oil in a deep pan, very carefully lower the cold pork in the oil, being careful as it will spit, shallow fry until crisp and golden, approx. 8-9 minutes.

5. Remove to a draining rack and season with salt, serve immediately.

Pickled baby cucumbers

1. Combine salt and 1 litre of water in a large glass bowl. Stir until salt dissolves. Add cucumbers to salted water. Cover. Stand at room temperature overnight.

2. Drain cucumbers. Rinse under cold water. Place into jars with chillies, bay leaves and peppercorns.

3. Place vinegar and sugar into a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Set aside to cool completely. Pour over cucumbers, making sure the cucumbers are completely covered. Seal jars when still hot.

Wine match: A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre (GSM)

Food
Preparation time
15 mins + overnight standing of pickled cucumbers
Cooking time
4-5 hours
Serves
4

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