Baked pork belly...

As we know meat (especially the good one) isn't cheap but... Instead of buying ready cut pork chops, ribs etc. you can cheaply(!) buy a whole piece of pig and prepare it at home, yourself. I know it requires some knife skills, but you can always learn it. My Hubby bought a whole pig shoulder and we will have good few dinners out of it. It's simple mathematics - the shoulder was 5,5 kg and cost eur 8.00 if we wanted to buy ready cut meat pieces, total of 5,5 kg we would spend around eur 35.00 easily! So... we will have some pork chops, spare ribs, baked bacon, 2 packs ready cut meat for stew and... my Hubby also made baked pork belly (which is great cold on a sandwich). We won't be buying meat for over a week now!

How to make it...

- 1 kg piece of pork belly meat
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 apple, deseeded and cut into
- 50 ml of Zubrówka (Polish bison grass vodka) or cognac, calvados etc.
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- oil of olives
- salt, pepper, paprika

In a mortar grate garlic with spices and 5 tablespoons oil of olive. Rub the spice mixture into the meat. Arrange the meat in an ovenproof dish, cover with sliced apple, sprinkle with lemon juice and alcohol. Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for about 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 200 C and reduce it to 150 C as soon as you put your meat in. Bake uncovered for about 4 hours. If you want crispy crackling put your meat into the dish skin up, but don't rub with the spices just sprinkle with some oil of olives and salt. You can eat it hot or leave it till cold and put some on your sandwich.


That's how our pig shoulder looked like just after buying...

Isn't it great! I think I have it 'in my blood' as my Grandfather was a butcher. I'm not afraid of handling raw piece of pig, cow etc. but I know that for some of you it's just impossible...