MERRY CHRISTMAS – ROAST PORK WITH CLOVES AND BAY LEAVES CRACKLING

My centrepiece for Christmas.

DSCN4773INGREDIENTS

1 bone-in pork loin, weighing approximately 2 kilos

2 tablespoons olive oil

15 whole cloves

10 bay leaves

Maldon sea salt flakes

METHOD

1- Preheat the oven to 200C.

2- Use a sharp knife to score the pork skin with diagonal cuts.  You can ask your butcher to do this or most supermarkets sell it ready.

3-  Pour boiling water over the pork skin and then dry well with a paper towel.

4-  Rub the rind with the salt flakes, olive oil and push the cloves and bay leaves into  the skin.

5- Place the pork loin, skin side up, on a rack in a roasting pan and cook for about 1 hour.  If the skin is crisp and golden press a skewer into the meat and check if the juices are free of blood.

6- When the pork is cooked, transfer it to a serving dish and leave in a warm place to rest for 10 minutes before carving.

7- Remove the crackling from the pork, and serve separately.

8- Serve the pork with caramelized pears, roast potatoes and roast pumpkin.

TIP

– Do not over cook the pork it should be slightly pink and moist.

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