Braised Pork Belly with Creamy GritsPork
3 pounds pork belly (skin removed)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper (freshly ground)
1/4 cup clarified butter (OR grapeseed oil)
1 bottle pinot noir (or other red wine)
4 cups veal stock (OR vegetable stock, 32 ounces)
1 onions (medium, coarsely chopped)
1 celery (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
1 large carrots (peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
1/2 ounce fresh thyme leaves
6 teaspoons honey (light flavored, such as alfalfa)
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups water
1 cup grits (white, OR yellow grits or polenta, not instant)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
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1Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a very sharp knife, carefully split pork belly crosswise in half. Season both sides of both pieces with salt and pepper.
2Heat 2 tablespoons clarified butter in a large heavy skillet or 6-quart braiser pan. Add one pork belly piece, fat side down. Cook until fat is nicely brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Turn pork belly piece over and brown the other side. Transfer pork belly to a plate; discard fat in skillet or pan. Repeat browning with remaining 2 tablespoons clarified butter and pork belly piece. Discard fat from skillet or pan.
3With skillet or braiser pan away from heat, add 1/3 cup wine. Return skillet or pan to heat and cook over low heat, scraping brown bits from bottom of pan; remove from heat. If using braiser pan, return pork belly pieces to pan. If using skillet, pour liquid from skillet into a 6-quart Dutch oven and add pork. To the pork, add remaining wine, stock, onion, celery, carrot and thyme. Bring to boil and cover tightly
4Bake in preheated oven for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Remove and let pork belly cool completely. Reserve braising liquid.
5Portion pork belly into 3 ounce to 4 ounce rectangle pieces. Place belly pieces in a large skillet or braising pan with enough of the braising liquid to cover.
6Reheat on stove top over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees F.
7Creamy grits: Bring heavy cream and water to a boil in a large, heavy saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Slowly stir in grits. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes until fully cooked. Stir in salt and pepper.
8Serving Suggestions: Serve pork belly portions over a small mound of grits and drizzle with honey. If desired, drizzle with 1 to 2 tablespoons hot strained braising liquid and garnish with snipped thyme.
9Makes 6 servings pork and 3 cups creamy grits.
PER SERVING *
|Calories1740Calories from Fat1490|
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|Calories from Fat1490|
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.