PorkFest 2015 Celebrity Chef Recipe #1

ROAST PORK LOIN AND CRACKLING WITH COLCANON

Serves: 4 – 6
Prep time: 20 minutes (plus drying time)
Cooking time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

2 – 3 kg rolled pork loin roast from Mighty Nice Meats (rind on and scored)
Salt for rubbing
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 bulb garlic, sliced
1 bunch sage, ripped
1 cinnamon stick, broken
4 star anise
Large knob of ginger, sliced
60g butter
Aluminium foil

Colcannon

5 Desiree potatoes
½ bunch of kale, sliced and steamed until tender
2 small spring onions, finely sliced
½ bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly cut
50 g butter
100ml cream
Extra virgin olive oil

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

1. For best crackling results, pat pork rind dry with paper towel and leave uncovered in the fridge overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 220°C. Rub 2 – 3 tsp olive oil and salt into the scored rind.

3. Make a foil base the length of the pork that it can sit in. Add cinnamon sticks, star anise, sage, butter, garlic and ginger to the base. Place the pork on top of the foil bed, squeezing the foil around the base of the meat leaving the crackling exposed, then place onto a roasting tray.

4. Cook pork for 20 minutes at 220°C (this will begin the crackling process), then turn the oven down to 180°C and cook for 45 mins per kg, minus your original 20 minutes.

5. To make the colcannon, boil potatoes without skins. Mash to desired consistency, adding butter, cream, spring onions, parsley and steamed kale. Dress with a dash of olive oil.

6. At the end of roasting time, rest the pork for 10 – 12 minutes, then slice. Drizzle some of the roasting juices over the sliced pork. Serve with colcannon.

NB: Colin also achieves his crackling by rendering the roast in a hot fry pan with oil for 10 minutes, rotating to crisp evenly. He prefers his pork roast with a touch of pink so he reduces his cooking time.