Today's episode: oven roasted pork belly.
I've seen on the various cooking shows roasted pork belly and lately I've been in an adventurous mood so I decided to try it myself. I bought a little under two and a half pounds of pork belly at a local butcher shop and I went to work, after I thawed it out that is. This recipe is a slight variation on the one from the River Cottage series of cookbooks.
I began by mixing my spices. I mixed, and lightly pounded, one tablespoon of sea salt, one tablespoon of coriander seed, one tablespoon of pink and Schezuan peppercorns, and one teaspoon of fennel seeds.
I scored the skin of the belly lengthwise and cross wise and then I rubbed my spices into the slits. Be warned, pork skin is very tough, so be prepared to use some force to score it.
The skin was super crispy, the fat was sizzlingly greasy but good, and the meat was tender as anything. I let it rest for a long time before I served it along with steamed broccoli, and mashed potatoes with a tomato gravy.
The verdict: pork belly is fucking delicious. However, it's so fatty that it's not something that I can eat very often, maybe once or twice a year. I'll definitely make it again but next time I'll braise it, just because I can. I'll cut off most of the fat and mince the leftover meat from this batch and make pork fried rice for supper tonight. It should be outrageously good.