vervialle Posted March 25, 2008 Share Posted March 25, 2008 Not very french I suppose, but with the abundance of cooked beans in Jars to be had in France, I think it makes a nice tasty meal.I happen to live in Essex near a very old traditional farm, that rears a few animals and grows organic vegetables,for those of us chosen few, we scribble a name in an old exercise book in the farm shop and when your name comes to the top of the list,you are offered 1/4 of a cow. half a pig or half a lamb.When the phonecall comes it is like winning the lottery as the meat is wonderful, the animals are cared for like pets, all have names and you can taste the happiness in the meat.Well I got my phonecall 4 weeks ago and I now have a large amount of gloucester old spot,a breed of pig with a wonderful flavour.The recipe is for belly of pork.Place the slices in a casserole dish or slow cooker and cook for about 4hours slowly, with an onnion chopped carrot and salt and pepper, when tender remove from the stock and cook in a hot oven on a rack, this will turn them crispy and get rid of any excess fat. Meanwhile reduce the stock by continuous boiling to about one pint and add your beans, canneloni, haricots any will do, whilst they are cooking, mix 2 tablespoons of wine vinegar with three tablespoons of olive oil,and a hanful of fresh basil or pesto if you have not got the basil, cook in a pan until a nice thick sauce develops.When the slices of belly pork are crispy, serve on top of your beans with the basil salsa or sauce drizzled all over them.I have noticed in France Belly pork is much more expensive than in England, which leads me to believe the french do not consider it to be a cheap cut.I still cannot bring myself to do anything with the trotters, I think it stems from my childhood of seing my grandmother disecting them along with a pigs head and big bowlfuls of brawn.UGH. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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