Belly is the cheapest pork roasting joint and, as it’s rich, a little goes a long way, making it perfect for Sundays and dinner parties
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When whole, the belly has a thick and a thin end, with the ribs attached to the thick end. A whole pork belly will weigh about 3kg but will feed about 8-10 people, so half a belly is perfect for four, with leftovers. Pork belly can either be tied into a joint and roasted, or roasted as a flat piece, as in my recipe, right. It is also delicious slow-cooked in liquid – this is best done skinned, but you won’t get the wonderful crackling that comes from roasting.
I like to buy organic and farm-assured meat, but it’s not the cheapest option. So, learn from all good butchers and choose the less popular cuts they take home for themselves. They taste delicious and you’ll get so much more for your money