Porchetta with Caramelised Apples & Pear Salad

Porchetta with Caramelised Apples & Pear Salad

Juicy porchetta, crisp, salty crackling and sweet caramelised apples is a flavour combination made in heaven. Add to that a beautiful blue cheese and pear salad and you’ve got a truly mouthwatering dish.

The key to ensuring the porchetta is beautifully tender inside with an incredible crackling on the outside is by taking it up to temperature slowly and on a low heat. We used our DOT Digital Oven Thermometer to keep an eye on the internal temperature and alert us once it reached 82°C, then double checked the temperature throughout with the Thermapen.

Porchetta with Caramelised Apples & Pear Salad

Ingredients

Serves 4/6

 

For the porchetta

2kg piece bone-in, skin-on pork (roughly 225g per person), fat trimmed to 1/4 in thickness and skin scored all over
4 tsp cumin seeds
5 smoked garlic cloves
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
60ml olive oil
Seasoning

For the apples

3 red eating apples
30g butter
30g brown sugar

For the salad

200-300g blue cheese, crumbled (50g per person)
200g rocket
3 pears, cut into batons

Porchetta with Caramelised Apples & Pear Salad

Method for the porchetta 

1. Blend the garlic, lemon zest, cumin seeds, salt and black pepper together. Pour in the oil.
2. Rub all over pork. Transfer to a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
3. Remove the pork from fridge 1 to 2 hours before cooking it.
4. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/ 200°C fan / gas 7.
5. Transfer the pork to a deep baking sheet and roast for 35 minutes.
6. Reduce the temperature to 170°C / 150°C fan / gas 3.
7. Cook until the meat comes to an internal temperature of 82°C. We used the DOT Digital Oven Thermometer to alert us once the temperature was reached.

Porchetta with Caramelised Apples & Pear Salad

Method for the apples

1. Core the apples and slice into 3 cm slices.
2. Gently heat the butter and pop the sliced apples into the pan.
3. Add the sugar and allow both sides to gently caramelise.

Porchetta with Caramelised Apples & Pear Salad

Method for the salad

1. Toss all of the ingredients together.
2. Serve with the caramelised apple, some sliced pork and a piece of crackling.

Porchetta with Caramelised Apples & Pear Salad

Porchetta with Caramelised Apples & Pear Salad

 

 

Laura Tulloch, Plenty Catering

 

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