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Crispy Pork Belly Recipe

Crispy Pork Belly
How to make Crispy Pork Belly

About Crispy Pork Belly Recipe: Perfect Christmas recipe to cook with the family this holiday season! Pork belly cooked till crispy and brown, served with cabbage and potatoes, this dish is worth all the time and effort it takes to cook. A must try this festive season.

  • Total Cook Time12 hrs 40 mins
  • Prep Time8 hrs 45 mins
  • Cook Time3 hrs 55 mins
  • Recipe Servings2
  • Difficult

Ingredients of Crispy Pork Belly

  • 2 Kg boneless skin-on pork belly
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups red cabbage, sliced
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lingonberry jam
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 kg potatoes, small
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Flaky sea salt

How to Make Crispy Pork Belly

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Prepare the pork belly:

Pat the skin of the pork belly completely dry. Using a sharp knife, cut parallel lines across the skin and fat, about a 1/2 inch apart, making sure not to cut down into the meat.
Mix the salt, baking powder and pepper in a small bowl.
Rub the pork all over with the salt mixture, making sure to get it into the grooves on the skin.
Place the pork skin-side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours.
About an hour before cooking the pork, allow it to come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Pour 4 cups of water into the roasting pan with the pork (this will prevent the drippings from burning). Cook until the meat is tender but not falling apart, about 3 hours.

Prepare the cabbage:

Meanwhile, add the cabbage, vinegar, jam, sugar and salt to a large high-sided skillet and mix to combine.
Cover, place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally to make sure the cabbage is not browning, until softened and no longer crisp, about 20 minutes.
The cabbage will release some moisture, but if it starts to stick to the bottom of the skillet or seems dry, add water 1 tablespoon at a time to moisten. Keep warm.

Prepare the potatoes:

Put the potatoes in a medium pot, cover with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Cook until the potatoes are tender but not too soft, about 15 minutes. Drain into a colander and set aside for about 10 minutes. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel them with your hands or a paring knife.
Meanwhile, add the sugar to a large skillet and set over medium heat. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar is completely melted, about 3 minutes.
When the edges start to turn brown, after about another 3 minutes, add the butter and kosher salt. Using a rubber spatula, stir carefully to combine.
Continue to cook until the mixture is amber, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring gently to coat them with the browned sugar, until heated through, about 4 minutes.
After the pork belly has cooked for 3 hours, increase the oven temperature to 240 degrees C and continue to cook until the skin is crisp and brown, about 20 minutes more. Let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
Serve with the cabbage and potatoes.
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