Roast pork belly with clementine and star anise

Prep 20 min
Total 3 hours 15 min
Serves 6 to 8

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Ingredients

1 1.5-kg
1 1/2 tsp
2 tbsp
2
onions, coarsely chopped (2 1/4 cups)
5
garlic cloves, sliced
1 1-in.
piece ginger, sliced
1
Thai red chili
5
clementine oranges, unpeeled and halved
900 mL
sodium-reduced chicken broth, divided
1 1/2 cups
1/4 cup
packed brown sugar
3 tbsp
sodium-reduced soy sauce
3 tbsp
rice vinegar

Instructions

  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Using a sharp knife, score skin of pork belly roast in a 1-in. diamond pattern, but not all the way through to the meat. Sprinkle with salt and set aside.
  • HEAT oil in a large roasting pan over medium-high. Add onions, garlic, ginger, star anise and red chili and cook, stirring, until onions are softened, about 3 min. Push onion mixture to sides of pan and reduce heat to medium.
  • ADD pork, skin-side down, and sear, rotating every 2 min until golden and onion mixture is light golden, 4 to 5 min. Flip pork skin-side up and stir in clementines, 3 1/2 cups broth, water, sugar, soy sauce and vinegar. Bring to a boil.
  • ROAST pork in oven for 1 hr. Baste with pan juices every 30 min until skin is deep golden and crispy and meat is fork tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hr. Transfer roast to a plate and let rest for 15 min before slicing across the grain.
  • SKIM fat from pan. Strain juices and return to pan with remaining broth. Bring to a boil, scraping up brown bits from pan bottom2 min. Serve with roast.

 

Kitchen Tip: Seek out your local butcher for a beautiful pork belly roast.

Nutrition

Calories 936
Protein 19 g
Carbohydrates 11 g
Fat 90 g
Sodium 999 mg
Excellent source of vitamin B12
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Issue: January 2018

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