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    Roast pork with crackling, celeriac and apple sauce

    • Preparation time: 50 minutes, plus brining
    • Cooking time: 1 hour 50 minutes
    • Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes

    Serves: 6


    1 Waitrose & Partners Crackling Pork Boneless Leg Roast (about 1.1kg)
    2 large onions
    1 garlic bulb, halved widthways
    ½ x 20g pack sage
    1 Waitrose & Partners Celeriac (about 800g), cut into 4cm chunks
    3 fresh bay leaves
    3 cox or other eating apples, peeled, cored and halved widthways
    1½ tbsp plain flour
    5 tbsp calvados (or another apple or pear brandy, if you have some)
    500ml fresh chicken stock

    1 tbsp fennel seeds
    ½ tbsp coriander seeds
    1 tsp black peppercorns
    25g flaky sea salt


    1. For the spice rub, toast the spices in a dry frying pan for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Crush in a pestle and mortar with 10g flaky sea salt to a mostly fine powder, then mix through the remaining 15g salt. Pat the pork dry with kitchen paper. Remove the string and set aside, then use a sharp knife to define the scores in the skin. Rub the spice rub generously all over the pork. Put on a tray, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

    2. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Cut the onions into wedges then scatter in a deep roasting tin with the garlic, sage, celeriac and bay leaves; nestle the apples in the centre. Wipe the spice rub off the pork, pat dry and put on top of the veg. Roast for 1 hour 30 minutes until piping hot in the centre (65-70˚C on a meat thermometer).

    3. Transfer the pork to a board. Using a sharp knife, carefully remove the skin and put it on a baking sheet with the roasted celeriac. Cover the pork with foil; rest for at least 30 minutes. Turn the oven up to 220˚C, gas mark 7. Roast the skin and celeriac for 10-15 minutes, until the skin crackles and puffs up and the celeriac has browned evenly. Meanwhile, use a fork to mash the roasted apples in a bowl; keep warm.

    4. For the gravy, discard the sage, garlic and bay leaves from the onion tin, then put the tin on the hob (or transfer the contents to a pan) over a high heat. Tip in the flour and cook, whisking, for 3-4 minutes, until just starting to catch. Add the calvados (or brandy) and boil rapidly, scraping the base of the pan, until thickened again. Add the stock and bubble, whisking, for 4-5 minutes. Stir in any meat resting juices and simmer briskly for 4-5 minutes until thickened; season and keep warm. Carve the pork and crackling into thick slices; serve with the celeriac, gravy and apple sauce.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, March 2020 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue


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