This is one of the easiest roasts possible. Minimal preparation, 2 1/4 hours in the oven and it emerges with crispy crackling and tender pork.
- Preheat the oven to 240C
- Meanwhile, using 300g per person score the pork belly. Season with sea salt, and push the excess into the grooves
- Turn over, season with salt and pepper and rub in with a bit of olive oil
- Place in the oven (fat side up) on 240C for 30 mins, then reduce heat to 180C for a further 1hr and 45 minutes
- 20 minutes before taking out, start on the mash. Peel and chop potatoes. Add to salted boiling water and cook for 15 minutes/until done. Add butter and a good pinch of salt and mash. Mash in small amounts of milk until it reaches a creamy consistency
- Once the pork is ready, take out of the oven and rest. Serve with mash and seasonal vegetables
I’m thinking about winter a lot. It caught me by surprise. It’s far too early this year and I am wondering what’s it going to be like in January, if this is just the start? The kids are letting off fireworks and my street is filled with the after smell – that burning heat. Reminds me of roasts.