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Cheats Porchetta

Love a hog roast? Then you’re going to love this Italian classic, which is stuffed full of garlic, herbs and seasoning, and is utterly sublime. This version doesn’t quite reach the highs of the Porchetta trucks that you’ll find at parks and fetes across Italy, simply because we’re not expecting you to roast an entire prepared pig, but it comes a very close second!

Cheats Porchetta

Cheats Porchetta

Traditionally made from the whole pig, this version is a lot easier to pull together, and isn't so big that you'll be eating it for days on end.
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Print Recipe
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Resting Time 8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 11 hrs 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people
Calories 590 kcal

Equipment

  • Roasting Pan with Rack
  • Butchers String

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 kg Pork Loin boned. Skin on, or off if preferred keeping a good cap of fat
  • 1 whole Pork Tenderloin approx 500g
  • 8 cloves Garlic crushed and peeled
  • 1 tbsp Fennel Seeds or Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
  • 20 g Salt
  • 4 sprigs Rosemary leaves only
  • 4 sprigs Thyme leaves only
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 can Cider
  • Additional Seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Add the garlic and salt to a pestle and mortar, and work into a smooth paste. If you're using fennel seeds, quickly toast those in a pan and then add and continue to work down.
  • Add in the herbs, the chilli, loosening with about 50ml of the cider, a little at a time, until you have a smooth paste.
  • Using a sharp cooks knife, make a shallow horizontal cut into the lengthways side of the loin, pushing the loin away from you as you go. Continue to make shallow cuts and opening the loin up until you have an open flat piece. Make regular cuts every couple of inches across the width, to about half the depth.
  • Trim the tenderloin of any silverskin, cleaning away any sinew as you go but trying to keep any fat.
  • Get your string ready. Rub the paste into the loin, making sure that you get it into all the cuts. Place the tenderloin across the length on one side, then roll it up tightly. Tie it up tightly at roughly 3cm intervals (this doesn't have to be pretty). Rub the skin with the oil, and season the outside well.
  • Put it, uncovered, into the fridge and allow to rest. If you've kept the skin for crackling, leave it for at least 8 hours, otherwise at least 2. Bring back to room temperature before cooking.
  • Preheat the oven to 160C, 140C fan, gas mark 3.
  • Dry the outside with kitchen paper, then set on the rack in the pan. Pour in the rest of the cider, then top up with water until it's just under the meat, but not touching. Roast for 3 hours. Keep an eye on the crackling and turn the heat up in the last 30 minutes if needed.
  • Remove from the oven and rest for 20 minutes in the pan.
  • Remove the string, and carve the pork into thin slices. Serve in crispy ciabatta rolls, or with a side of buttery mashed potatoes and spring greens. Don't forget to drizzle the pan juices over the meat.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cheats Porchetta
Amount per Serving
Calories
590
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
264
mg
88
%
Sodium
 
1506
mg
65
%
Potassium
 
1612
mg
46
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
92
g
184
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Calories
590
Keyword Comfort food, Sandwich
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