Crispy Slow-Cooked Pork Belly With Pumpkin Mash

Crispy Slow-Cooked Pork Belly With Pumpkin Mash

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Pork belly is one of those dishes that will always light up the dinner table. This version is slow-cooked in bonito and kombu kelp dashi soup stock, which gives it extra layers of umami flavour and an unforgettably succulent texture. Served with naturally sweet pumpkin mash, this is a pork belly dish you will want to make again and again.

Recipe courtesy of Great British Chefs.


pork belly:
800g of pork belly
2 onions, quartered
2 lemons, juice and peel (with white pith removed)
4 garlic cloves, minced
hot pepper sauce, to taste
100g of coarse sea salt
pinch of pepper

classic dashi:
10g of bonito flakes, (katsuobushi)
kombu, a sheet around the size of a postcard
1L water, filtered if possible

pumpkin mash:
900g of pumpkin, skin-on (or use sweet potato)
1 tbsp of butter
100ml of milk
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt and pepper

for the gravy:
2 tbsp of honey
1 tsp seven spice
1 knob of ginger, thumb-sized, finely minced
1 tsp black sesame seeds
1 dried chilli, medium
1 tbsp of ponzu
1 tbsp of sesame oil
pinch of salt

to serve:
black sesame seeds
spring onions, julienned
1 red chilli, finely sliced

Så här gör du

  1. The night before serving, prick the fat of the pork belly with a knife to create many holes. Add the lemon juice and peel, pepper sauce and minced garlic to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Spread the mixture all over the meat and finally sprinkle the coarse salt on the skin only. Leave covered overnight in the fridge.
  3. Now make the dashi. Wipe the kombu down with a slightly damp cloth to remove any impurities and residues from the surface, but keep the white film as it gives the umami flavour to the liquid.
  4. Add the kombu to the cold water in a medium pan and leave immersed for about 20–30 minutes.
  5. After this time, turn on the heat and allow the water to boil very gently. Just before the water boils, remove the kombu (if you leave it in the stock will turn slimy and bitter). Now add the bonito flakes to the hot liquid.
  6. Simmer for 5 minutes then switch off the heat.
  7. Remove the bonito flakes from the pan and strain through a very fine sieve into a clean container. The stock is now ready to use and should be completely clear.
  8. When ready to cook the pork, preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2 for 30 minutes.
  9. Place the meat in a clean ovenproof tray on top of the onions and add 425ml of the dashi. Bake on low temperature for 3 hours, occasionally checking there's enough dashi to keep the meat succulent.
  10.  About 2 hours or so into cooking, place the pumpkin or sweet potato in a lined ovenproof tray (with the skin left on), add a little oil, season with salt and pepper, and place in the oven with the meat for about 50 minutes, or until pumpkin or sweet potato is golden and tender.
  11.  Remove any skin and using a potato masher or a fork, thoroughly mash the flesh until smooth and fluffy. Add the butter, milk, and 50ml of dashi, mixing until smooth (add a little more dashi if needed).
  12.  Sprinkle in a little nutmeg, mix well and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm while the meat finishes cooking.
  13.  When the pork has been cooking for 3 hours, raise the heat of the oven to the maximum to make the fat crispy. It's ready when the skin puffs and is super crispy and golden. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.
  14.  While the meat is resting, make the gravy. Add all of the ingredients to a pan, along with the pan juices from the pork and a little more dashi if needed. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes, until reduced.
  15.  To serve, place the mash onto a large serving platter and slice the pork belly. Place the pork on top of the mash and garnish with spring onions, black sesame, and a few sliced red chillies. Serve the gravy on the side.