- 1 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 1 onion, finely chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- few sage leaves, shredded
Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…
- 25g fresh breadcrumbs
- 4 good quality sausages, skinned
- 1.6kg boned loin of pork
One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…
- 2 tbsp plain flour
Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…
- 400ml chicken or beef stock
- 100ml cider
Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Apple orchards were…
Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion for 5 mins until soft. Remove from the heat. Once cool, transfer to a bowl and mix in sage, breadcrumbs, sausage meat and some seasoning.
Untie the pork and score the skin well with a sharp knife. Cut down the length of the meat, then open out like a book so you can stuff the sausage meat inside. Close back up to resemble original shape and tie at intervals with string to hold it together. Weigh so you know how long it will need to cook for. This can be done ahead; chill until needed.
Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9. Rub the joint all over with salt and pepper and place in a roasting tray. Cook for 25 mins, then turn to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and cook for 20 mins per 450g/1lb. Remove, and check it’s cooked through: any juices that run out should be clear. Transfer to a dish, then cover with foil to rest while you make the gravy.
Spoon most of the fat out the tray, leaving the meat juices. Place tray on the hob or transfer juices to a frying pan. Stir in the flour for 1 min followed by the stock and cider, and bubble for a few mins. Strain into a jug. Serve the pork sliced, with the crackling, potatoes, gravy and veg.
For crispy crackling...
For really crisp crackling score the skin all over without cutting into the flesh. If you’re not sure, ask your butcher to do it for you. Once the pork is cooked, if the crackling isn’t as crispy as you like, heat the grill to High and grill the pork for a few mins until crisp. Keep an eye on it, though, to make sure it doesn’t burn.