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Rosemary and Sage roast Pork shoulder

Rosemary and Sage roast Pork shoulder

Rosemary and Sage roast Pork shoulder, tray baked Vegetables, roast Potatoes and Gluten free Yorkshires.

It’s possible not really worth adding a full recipe here. We foraged quite a bit of fresh Rosemary and Sage the other day which really working with the bit of Pork shoulder we had in the freezer. Again we had quite a few bits and bobs of vegetables floating about so we tray baked them. Add some roast spuds and Yorkshire puddings and – you guessed it – Sunday roast on a Wednesday!

The experiment here was the crackling.

As you’ve probably noticed if you freeze pork the slow freezing process allows ice crystals to form in the rind. This damages the structure and makes getting good crackling very difficult. More often than not you end up with something which resembles boot leather! So we cut the bendy rind off the roast when we’d taken it out to rest and popped it in the deep fat fryer. It’s not quite like crackling, probably more like Pork Scratchings. But it was very tasty and still had the Sage and Rosemary taste to it.

 

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Carrilladas - Pork Cheeks!

Yes we are out of sequence as theoretically it should be “K” next. But Pork Cheeks for £1.40? Can't really pass that up can we?
 
For those of you who don't like “Odd” cuts of meat this might be a bit challenging, But Cheeks are tender, have very little fat and take on flavours really well. So here goes....
 
Ingredients:-
 
2 tbsp Olive Oil for frying
1 large Onion finely chopped
500g of Pork cheeks
1 tbsp Flour seasoned with salt and pepper
3 Garlic cloves crushed
½ tsp ground Cumin
1 tsp Paprika
1 Cinnamon stick
1/2 cup dry red wine ( Very cheap little 1 serving bottle from the local shop £1.20  - I'll probably not drink it! But good for cooking )
2 cups Beef stock
 
Method:-
 
(1) Heat 1 - 2 tbsp Olive Oil in a large pan then add the onion.
(2) Cook gently for 10 – 15 minutes until softened and lighty coloured. Remove and set aside.
(3) Toss the cheeks in the seasoned flour. Add a little more oil to the pan and turn up the heat. 
(4) Brown the Pork cheeks all over in batches, setting them aside when browned. Turn the heat down to medium.
(5) Return all the Pork and the onions to the pan. Add the Garlic, Cumin, Paprika, Cinnamon and cook for a minute.
(6) Pour in the wine. Deglaze the bottom on the pan.
(7) Pour in the Beef Stock then bring the pan to a simmer. 
(8) Simmer gently for 2 hours or until the cheeks are tender.
 
We're thinking about serving on a bed of mashed Potatoes with veg. We shall see!

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