Something about Pork!

21 Mar

I love pork whether it’s  roasted loin with crackling, Pan-fried fillet(tenderloin) , all those great cuts used for braised Ham hock, Pancetta ,pigs trotter.But  my favourite has top be Belly Pork! Theres something about Pork and the huge amount of great dishes that can be had from Mr Pig!!  

He’s a dish I did this week – its using Pork loin – battered down thin to make an Escallop – I’ve done this dish previously with  a Veal Escallop also.

First things first  – cut the loin into 1/2 inch slices, remove all fat. Now place the loin (2 per portion) between 2 sheets of cling film on a kitchen top or bench. Now using a mallet ( or rolling-pin will do) hit the pork until it is wafer this – be careful you don’t over do it! we want to keep it whole and not broken up.

Now make the marinade in a bowl –  add paprika , garlic(crushed) ,black pepper , lemon zest and a little juice – chopped thyme and salt. Place the pork in it, leave the Pork to marinade as long as you can (1 hr if possible). The pork can now be cooked in a hot pan with a little olive oil – The pork escallop only needs 1-2 mins max on each side. Ok pork done – brill! Next /boil some new potatoes (smaller the better) . In a frying / saute pan place some chopped garlic & chopped spring onion.  Fry the onion and garlic with a little olive oil & butter.      

   Once the Potatoes are cooked , place them in the pan with garlic & onion, season with salt & pepper. ensure nicely coated in the butter also.

Make up the salad in a large bowl – I use a mix of Soft herbs , rocket , Santini tomatoes and frizzy endive lettuce – with a little lollo rosso for good measure! Dress the salad in the bowl with balsamic & olive oil dressing .Now place the potatoes around the salad. Then place the pork on top.

Give this dish a go – if pork isn’t your thing try it with Chicken breast battered down in the same way , it is a great “bring on the summer” dish >:)

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