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Harissa Roast Pork Belly

Want a sumptuous meal? Sink your teeth with this Harissa Roast Prok Belly recipe from meemalee. You'll definitely crave for more of this!

Serves 4               


  • 1 kg pork belly
  • 1 tbsp Harissa spice
  • 1 tsp ras-el-hanout
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp fruit sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 100 ml water
  • 1 tbsp cornflour



  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C / 300°F / Gas Mark 2.
  2. Score the skin on your pork belly using a sharp knife like a Stanley knife, if it hasn't been done already.
  3. Place the pork on a rack in a roasting tray, skin side up, and pour boiling water over the skin, so the grooves in the skin open up a little. Pour away the water and remove the wire rack temporarily so the pork is sitting in the tray.
  4. Blot the skin dry with kitchen paper, and then rub the ras-el-hanout, salt, sugar, pepper, MSG if using, and olive oil all over the meat, making sure to work it into the grooves of the skin. Next rub the harissa all over the pork.
  5. Put the wire rack back into the tray, place the pork on top, skin-side up, and then drizzle the vinegar over the skin. This is a Chinese trick to help make crackling crisper - don't know if it actually does anything, but it makes me feel better.
  6. Pour the wine and water into the tray from the side, not touching the meat (this helps keep the pork moist by steaming it very gently).
  7. Roast at 150°C / 300°F / Gas Mark 2 for two hours, before switching to the grill function to crisp up the crackling - this shouldn't take more than about five minutes and you should watch like a hawk to stop it burning.
  8. When the crackling is all puffed up, turn the oven off, move the pork onto a chopping board and let it rest for ten minutes. Meanwhile, pour the rendered fat away from the roasting tray and quickly reduce the remaining juices with the cornflour to make a lovely porky gravy.
  9. Finally, chop the belly pork into slices - I use a Chinese cleaver to keep the crackling neat - and serve with the gravy and whatever else you fancy; we had ours with creamy mashed potatoes and sprouts and it was spanking gorgeous.
  10. Eat.



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