Roasted Pork Belly with Homemade Applesauce

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

  • • 3-lb piece pork belly, skin removed
  • • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • • homemade applesauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Score the fat on the pork belly in a cross-hatch pattern. In a small bowl, mix the salt, garlic powder and pepper to blend. Rub the spice mixture all over the meat, working it into the scored surface.
  2. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet, set the pork belly fat side up on the rack and cover the pork with foil. Roast about 2 hours.
  3. Increase the heat to 400° F, remove the foil and continue roasting about 30 minutes or until the meat is browned and pull-apart tender. Remove from the oven and let rest about 15 minutes.
  4. Carve the pork and serve with the applesauce.

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

  • • 3 tbsp Calvados or other apple brandy
  • • 2 tbsp (¼ stick) unsalted butter
  • • 1 tbsp sugar
  • • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • • 1 whole star anise
  • • 1 whole clove
  • • 2½ lbs Fuji apples (about 5 largeor 7 small), cored and cut into quarters

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. In a small heavy saucepan, stir the Calvados, butter, sugar, salt, star anise and clove over medium heat until the butter melts.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss the apples with the butter mixture to coat. Place the apples cut side down in a 9-inch square baking dish. Roast about 45 minutes or until the apples are soft. Set aside until the apples are cool enough to handle.
  4. Scoop the flesh from the apple peels and discard the peels. Discard the star anise and clove. Mash the apples to a chunky consistency, in the baking dish with the juices. Serve the applesauce warm, at room temperature or cold.

On a visit to the Chatelaine kitchen, Curtis Stone – father to sons Hudson, 3, and Emerson, 9 months – stopped by to chat with HELLO! about putting delicious food on the table.

Curtis, what motivated you to write Good Food, Good Life ? I’ve got two young kids and a beautiful wife who doesn’t love cooking, and I thought I should write my next book about my life right now. To me, food should be at the centre of your home, but it also shouldn’t be too complicated.

Has your family seen the book? My family has definitely seen it and they love it. We actually shot all of the photos of Hudson and me together at home, in our garden and in the kitchen, so he really enjoyed seeing those.

What characterizes a family-friendly dish in your home? A family-friendly dish doesn’t have to play to any rules. It should just be a delicious meal. I think it’s important to open your kids up to different flavours.

Do you take care of the cooking at home? I do the bigger family meals. Lindsay does a lot of the kids’ cooking. My wife’s a good cook. I’m a lucky guy.

What do novice cooks need to know? Remember that it doesn’t matter how brilliant the result is. People will appreciate the effort, I promise you!

– ERICA CUPIDO


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