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Roast pork belly with shrimp-and-apple sauce

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From Great British Food Revival
Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell cooks the classic combination of pork and apple with a surf-and-turf twist.


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

  2. Place the pork belly, skin-side up, onto a roasting rack. Stab all over with a roasting fork or sharp knife. Season all over with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Roast the pork belly in the oven for approximately two hours, or until tender and cooked through. Remove from the oven, cover, and set aside to rest on a warm plate.

  4. Add the shallot to the juices in the roasting tray and place the tray over a low to medium heat, stirring to coat the onions in the liquid. When the onions have softened, add the capers and apple juice and increase the heat until the liquid is bubbling. Continue to cook until the liquid has reduced to a sticky sauce.

  5. Stir in the diced apple, shrimps, chopped herbs, cream and butter until well combined.

  6. When the pork has rested, carve it into thick slices.

  7. To serve, divide the pork slices equally among four serving plates. Spoon the shrimp-and-apple sauce all over the meat. Spoon a dollop of mashed potato and a heap of summer cabbage alongside each serving.


  • ½ piece boneless pork belly (approx 1.2kg/2lb 10oz)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ shallot, peeled finely diced
  • 2 tbsp baby capers, drained
  • 100ml/3½fl oz apple juice
  • 1 large Bramley apple, peeled, core removed, diced
  • 500g/17oz shrimps, peeled, blanched
  • ½ tbsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
  • splash double cream
  • knob of butter

To serve

  • mashed potatoes
  • steamed summer cabbage

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