For xmas dinner we’re going for a pork belly, slow roasted with a crispy skin. We’ve ordered a non-unreasonably 1kg belly for the two of us. But of course we’ll want ALL THE SIDES.
To avoid still having ALL THE SIDES for the next week, we’re taking the leftovers round for a family meal on boxing day, where a pre-cooked goose will be waiting for our sides.
To avoid stress on xmas day we’re prepping what we can in advance…
On Xmas Eve
Chestnut & Sourdough Stuffing
Based on this Jones Dairy Farm recipe, with added sausage meat.
Chestnuts roasted according to this BBC Food recipe.
Prep’d, ready to bake tomorrow.
Prep Pork Belly
As per Cook’s Illustrated: remove ribs (and freeze for Yankee Beans for Superbowl Sunday!). Slice into two 6cm strips. Season bottom and sides with course salt and sugar, season skin with course salt.
Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
From Cook’s Illustrated.
Par-Boiling for Roasties
It’s just a 10 minute boil, followed by bashing them about to rough up the outsides to make better crispy bits when we roast them tomorrow.
With butter and thyme.
Xmas School Shortcake
The fridge is too full with all the above for the box of mincemeat that we didn’t have enough Kilner jars for, so I need to use it up. We’ve also got marzipan leftover from Soph’s xmas cakes, so I’m turning to my old primary school’s reliable shortcake recipe to use them up.
Then on Xmas Day…
Roast Pork Belly
Back to the Cook’s Illustrated system to slow-roast then fry the skin up before serving.
Sprouts (with bacon… duh!)
I say ‘duh’ but I forgot to take a picture…
Duck Fat Roast Potatoes
Once again: photo forgotten…
Maple Roasted Parsnips & Carrots
Pigs in Blankets & Devils on horseback
Putting it all together…
Wow. I think I’m experiencing the feeling called ‘full’. It’s not something I’m normally acquainted with.
Everything was… well everything had bacon or other pork products involved, so it was of course delicious! Pork belly skin was lovely and bubly and crispy, sprouts were crispy and bacony, roasties were crispy and covered in duck fat, pigs in blankets (bacon) devils on horseback (bacon), stuffing (bacon & sausage) mash-cauli/cheese/more mash… mmm… mmm… mmm…
You get the idea :)