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Slow-cooked Pork Belly with Parsnip Purée, Red Cabbage and Apple


1 cup rock salt
3 tbls fennel seeds
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup of curing salt
1 pork belly, bones removed, skin on
4 parsnips, peeled and cut
Salt and pepper
1/2 red cabbage, thinkly sliced
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tbls brown sugar
1 pink lady apple, peeled and sliced
50g butter
Salt and pepper
Slow-cooked Pork Belly with Parsnip Purée, Red Cabbage and Apple photo

This dish is a little complicated and takes a few days to prepare. We’ve included the recipe as it is one of the most requested recipes from our cafe guests. Adele has graciously agreed to share her secret.


Curing Salt: Grind all the ingredients together.

Pork Belly: Place half a cup of the curing salt on a stainless steel tray. Place the pork belly, skin side up on the tray and place the remaining salt over the belly. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.

Rinse and dry the pork belly. Place in a stainless steel tray lined with baking paper, cover with more baking paper then tightly with alfoil and place in an oven at 100°c for 6 hours.

Remove the alfoil, drain off the juices and turn the pork belly on a plastic tray. Place another plastic tray on top and weight with something heavy!! Allow to cool in the fridge overnight.

Next day, score the skin and portion. To serve, place portion in heavy frying pan and roast in medium oven for 20 minutes.

Transfer to stove top and fry skin side down for 5 minutes or until crispy.

Parsnip Purée: Place parsnip in saucepan and cover with cream. Cook until soft and puree until smooth. Season to taste.

Red Cabbage and Apple: Put cabbage, water, sugar, vinegar in a saucepan and cover to cook until tender - approximately half an hour. Add butter, apple and seasoning and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Bring it all together: Place a healthy dollop of puree on serving plate with some of your favorite steamed greens. Top with pork belly skin side up and a good spoonful of our beetroot relish that you can pick up from our Cellar Door, or order with your next wine mail order.