By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional
Years ago, I learned about pork, being roasted with apples from our dearest friend Jim Stillman Davidson. It was one of his favorite recipes he learned from the family chef, as he grew up in The Big House. I remember thinking how odd the combination sounded, but after one bite I was in heaven.
I have adapted the recipe over the years, yet the flavor profiles remain the same. The silkiness of the fat just melts in your mouth. There is nothing better, nor easier to prepare.
- 1 1/2 – 2 Lbs. Pork Belly
- 4 Granny Smith Apples, Peeled, Cored and Diced.
- 1 Large Red Onion, Sliced
- 1 Lb. Fresh String Beans
- 2 Cloves Garlic, Finely Chopped
- Applewood Smoke Seasoning
- Olive Oil
- 5 Tbs. Butter, Salted
- Cracked Black Pepper
- Worcester Sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Rinse and pat dry your pork belly. Place into a buttered baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and cracked black pepper and a few dashes of Applewood seasoning across the top.
- Spread your onion slices across the top of your pork belly. Add 3 tbs. of butter, broken into pieces to evenly spread out across your onions.
- Cover with foil and roast for about 45 minutes on the center rack.
- After 45 minutes, remove the foil and baste with a large spoon. Return to oven and continue roasting another 20 minutes or so, until the fat is silky and the pork in completely cooked through. Cooking Tip: Pork belly is a large layer of fat with a thinner layer of meat, since every oven is different pay attention to it and remove early if needed when you check and the meaty portion is cooked through and fat is soft.
- When your pork belly is cooked, remove from the oven and recover with the foil and let rest.
- At the 45 minute point of your pork roasting, Cook your green beans with your garlic, dash of Worcester sauce, splash of olive oil, sprinkle of salt and cracked black pepper over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until tender.
- While your green beans are cooking, add your diced apples and 2 tbs. butter to a small skillet and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until tender. Immediately removed from pan to avoid burning.
- To plate your dish, place your bread beans in the center of the plate with the pork belly slice on top. Add your apples to the side. Drizzle the top of the pork with jus from the roasting pan.
- Serve and enjoy this updated classic recipe!