Usually when I roast pork, I keep it pretty simple when it comes to seasoning. I like a crispy, crackling skin with loads of salt. However, when I received a beautiful leg of pork from the team over at Biltong@za, I decided to do something different -and the results where amazing.
I covered the pork with foil and slow cooked it in the oven for 3 hours. After this time, I combined a few Asian inspired ingredients and ended up with a basting sauce made from honey, soy sauce, fresh ginger, lemon zest, garlic and chili.
I kept my oven low and basted the piece of meat every ten minutes for about an hour. It turned out sticky, sweet and tender with chewy pieces of skin – absolutely mouthwatering really.
We had some friends over for dinner, so after I styled and photographed my leg of pork, I sliced it up and added some fried onions to the roasting tray with the leftover Asian basting sauce. I left this in the oven and by the time we had dinner the meat just sucked in all that flavorsome goodness.
I served the Slow Roasted Leg of Pork with a simple Ginger and Coriander Pesto, creamy mashed potatoes, blanched sugar snap peas, green beans and sprouts with lemon oil and caramelized butternut (not in pic).
We ate until our bellies were full – with loads of wine – this was the perfect comforting meal…
It’s weekend and it’s going to be a cold one here in Jozi. I recommend getting your hands on one of these delicious cuts of pork from your closest Biltong@za store, and allow the oven to heat up your kitchen while cooking this satisfying meal for the crowds. You will thank me later…