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How to Cook Our Belly Pork Porchetta


Preheat Oven:

Preheat your oven to 240°C (220°C for fan ovens), Gas Mark 9.

Initial Roasting:

Place the pork seam-side down in a roasting tray.
Roast for 20-30 minutes until the skin begins to crackle.

Reduce Temperature:

Lower the oven temperature to 150°C (130°C for fan ovens), Gas Mark 2.
Pour a cup of red wine or chicken stock into the tray to keep the meat moist and add flavour.

Slow Roasting:

Roast for 2 to 2.5 hours. The meat should be tender and the skin crisp.

Rest Before Serving:

Remove from the oven and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing.


Cut into slices and serve. It pairs wonderfully with roasted vegetables, a crisp salad, or Italian-style bread.

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Pairing the right ingredients with belly pork porchetta can create a harmonious meal, enhancing the rich and savoury qualities of the dish. Here are some suggestions:


  • Roasted Root Vegetables: Carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes, roasted until caramelized, pair beautifully with porchetta.
  • Brussels Sprouts: Roasted or sautéed with a bit of garlic and bacon.
  • Fennel: Sliced and roasted fennel complements the anise notes in the fennel seeds used in porchetta.
  • Green Beans: Lightly steamed or sautéed with almonds for a crunchy contrast.


  • Polenta: Creamy or grilled, polenta is a comforting choice that soaks up the flavours.
  • Roasted Potatoes: Particularly rosemary-infused or garlic-roasted potatoes.
  • Risotto: A creamy risotto, perhaps flavoured with mushrooms or Parmesan, makes an elegant side.


  • Arugula Salad: With a lemon vinaigrette and shaved Parmesan, it adds a fresh and peppery element.
  • Caprese Salad: Tomato, basil, and mozzarella offer a light, fresh counterpoint.


  • Focaccia: Italian herb-infused focaccia bread is ideal for soaking up the juices.
  • Ciabatta Rolls: Perfect for making porchetta sandwiches, especially with a bit of Dijon mustard or aioli.

Sauces and Condiments:

  • Apple Sauce: Offers a sweet counterpoint to the savoury pork.
  • Mostarda: An Italian condiment made with candied fruit and mustard syrup, adds a sweet and spicy kick.
  • Gremolata: A mix of lemon zest, garlic, and parsley, adds freshness and zing.

Herbs and Spices:

  • Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme: Echo the herbs used in the porchetta seasoning.
  • Chili Flakes: For a bit of heat, sprinkle over sides or add to sauces.


  • Poached Pears: Light and not overly sweet, ideal after a rich meal.
  • Tiramisu: For a classic Italian finish to the meal.
  • Lemon Sorbet: Refreshing and palate-cleansing.

When selecting ingredients to pair with porchetta, aim for those that complement the rich, fatty nature of the pork without overpowering it. Fresh, acidic, or lightly sweet elements work particularly well to balance the dish's flavours.

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Hot Tips

  • Scoring the skin helps the fat render and the skin crisp up.
  • Keep an eye on the liquid in the roasting tray, adding more if needed to avoid burning.
  • Resting the meat is crucial for a juicy result.


1. Red Wine:

  • Chianti Classico: Its acidity and tannin structure cut through the fat, balancing the richness of the porchetta.
  • Barolo or Barbaresco: These Italian reds, with their robust character, stand up well to the bold flavours.
  • Pinot Noir: A lighter option, offering a balance of fruitiness and earthiness that complements the herbs in porchetta.

2. White Wine:

  • Gavi di Gavi: A crisp, dry Italian white that can refresh the palate without overpowering the dish.
  • Chardonnay (lightly oaked): The buttery notes can match well with the fat content of the pork.
  • Riesling (dry to off-dry): Its acidity and slight sweetness can contrast nicely with the savouriness of the pork.

3. Beer:

  • Pale Ale or IPA: The hoppy bitterness can cut through the richness, offering a refreshing contrast.
  • Amber Ale: Its maltiness and slight sweetness complement the pork's flavours.
  • Saison or Farmhouse Ale: These offer a balance of spice and fruitiness, which can enhance the herb and spice notes in the porchetta.

4. Cider:

  • Dry Apple Cider: A crisp, refreshing choice that can cleanse the palate.
  • Pear Cider (Perry): Offers a slightly different, slightly sweeter flavour profile.

5. Spirits:

  • Aged Grappa: If you’re leaning towards an Italian theme, grappa can be a bold, distinctive choice.
  • Whisky or Bourbon: A small glass of a smooth whisky or bourbon can complement the rich, fatty pork.

6. Non-Alcoholic Options:

  • Sparkling Water with a Squeeze of Lemon or Lime: To cleanse the palate between bites.
  • Iced Tea with Lemon or a Hint of Mint: Offers a refreshing counterpoint without overwhelming the food.

Tips for Pairing:

  • Match Intensity: Choose a drink that matches the robustness of porchetta.
  • Consider the Preparation: The herbs and spices used in the porchetta can guide your pairing choice.
  • Personal Preference: Ultimately, the best pairing is what you personally enjoy.

These pairings are designed to complement the flavours of the belly pork porchetta, enhancing both the meal and the overall dining experience