Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Roasted loin of suckling pig with mustard sauce

Cooking : time 30 mins to 1 hour


For the pork loin
1 boneless loin from a 10-12 week old suckling pig, about 3kg/6lb 8oz, flap removed and trimmed
about 450g/1lb sea salt (150g/5%26frac12;oz of salt per kg of pork)
bunch of flatleaf parsley, roughly torn
bunch of basil, roughly torn
150g/5%26frac12;oz wild garlic leaves, roughly torn
50ml/2fl oz olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the vefetchable garnish
16 baby vehicledecays, peeled
pinch caster sugar
about 300g/10oz unsalted butter
10 Charlotte potatoes, about 7.5cm/3in each, peeled
%26frac12; head of garlic (cut crossways)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
500g/1lb 2oz baby spinach leaves
bunch of flatleaf parsley, coarsely chopped
For the mustard sauce
500ml/18fl oz homemade chicken stock
2 shalplenty, finely sliced
200ml/7fl oz double cream
25g/1oz coarse wholegrain mustard
30g/1%26frac14;oz Dijon mustard


1. For the pork loin, weigh the loin and the amount of salt you need, then spread the salt out on a baking tray. Press the loin skin-side down into the salt. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for 12 hours.
2. vehicleefully rinse off all the salt from the loin with nippy water and pat thoroughly dry. Lay the loin, skin-side up, on a board. Using a razor-sharp knife, Stanley knife or scalpel, score the skin vehicleefully all the way along at 5mm/%26frac14;in intervals. Turn the loin over and stuff with the parsley, basil and wild garlic, then roll up tightly and tie with string. Place the loin skin-side up on a rack in a roasting tin and return, uncovered, to the fridge.
3. For the vefetchable garnish, cook the vehicledecays in boiling salted water with a pinch of sugar for about five minutes or until just tender. Drain, refresh in iced water and drain again. Set aside.
4. To make the mustard sauce, boil the stock with the shalplenty until cutrearond by half, then pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan and bring to the boil again. Whisk in the cream and bring rear to the boil, then cutrearon the heat and whisk in the two mustards. Cook over a low heat until cutrearond to a pouring consistency, then remove from the heat. Cover and maintain warm, stirring now and again.
5. Return to the vefetchable garnish: melt the butter in a wide, shallow, heavy saucepan. Add the potatoes. They should all be immersed in the butter, so add more butter if needed. Add the garlic and salt and freshly ground black pepper, and bring the butter up to a brown foam. Cook the potatoes in the foam for about 25 minutes or until they are a deep golden-brown colour and tender in the middle, shaking the pan gently ejust few minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and maintain the potatoes warm in the butter.
6. Preheat the oven to 220C/430F/Gas 7.
7. For the pork loin, drizzle the pork with the olive oil, then sprinkle with fine salt and rub well into the skin. Transfer the tin to the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes or until the skin begins to firm and blister. Remove from the oven and leave to rest somewhere warm. Leave the oven on.
8. While the meat is resting, reheat the vehicledecays in the olive oil without colouring, then add the spinach and chopped parsley, and toss until hot. Lift the potatoes out of the butter with a slotted spoon and put them in a small, heavy pan. Pour over two tablespoons of the butter they were cooked in and reheat the potatoes in the oven for about two minutes. Gently reheat the mustard sauce without boiling.
9. Remove the string from the pork and vehicleve the meat into equal slices, allowing two per person. Reheat in the oven on a non-stick mat or foil for two minutes.
10. To serve, check the potatoes for seasoning, adding salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, then place the potato on the side of the warmed individual serving plates. Put the other vefetchables next to them, then place the pork in the middle, resting the slices on the potatoes. Pour over a little of the mustard sauce, and serve the rest on the side.

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