My Dad was the King at making a roast dinner and his favourite was pork. He taught my husband and me everything we know about cooking a roast. Dad loved making most roast dinners apart from chicken or turkey. (He had a fear of dead birds!) His favourite roast was always pork. I remember making roast pork for a party that I had invited my Dad too.
Before cooking the pork I didn’t ask his advice and I burnt the crackling. Dad was not impressed and he had grumpily told me that I had burnt it. The crackling from a pork dinner was his favourite part. Oops, sorry Dad. The next time I decided to cook a joint of pork I phoned my dad to ask his advice. He had great tips and I now use this information each time we have pork for dinner. The pork and the crackling always cook well when I use my Dad’s top tips. Tips are in the method below.
Serves 4 – 6
- Sharp Knife
- Chopping board
- Baking tray
- Pork shoulder x 1kg bone in and rind on
- Olive oil
- Salt x 2 tsp
- Rosemary x 4 – 6 springs
- Garlic x 6 – 8 cloves
- Preheat the oven to 220°C and put the baking tray in.
- When you bring the joint home from the supermarket or remove it from the freezer to defrost, put it onto a plate and then into the fridge uncovered.
- By putting it in the fridge uncovered it will help the skin on the joint to dry.
- Before starting the cooking process remove the joint 30 minutes before.
- This will help the joint to warm up.
- Our butcher scores the skin of the joint but if it has not been scored use the sharp knife to score the skin.
- Using the knife make incisions in the skin about 1 cm apart in a cross section being careful not to tear the flesh.
- By scoring this part of the joint, the fat can then bubble up and crisp the skin.
- Drizzle olive oil over the top of the skin and then rub it in.
- Sprinkle over the salt and rub this in too.
- Adding salt also helps the skin to dry.
- Once the salt has been rubbed in, place the joint onto the baking tray and cook for 20 minutes.
- Cooking the joint on a high temperature helps the heat to get through to the centre.
- After 20 minutes reduce the temperature down to 180°C and continue to roast the pork for 25 minutes per 450g.
- As this joint was only 1 kg this roast took an 1 hour 10 minutes to cook.
- The larger the joint the more time it will need.
- To check the joint is cooked, pierce the underside of the joint with a skewer.
- If cooked, there will be no traces of pink left and the juice will run clear.
- Always leave the meat to rest for 20 – 30 minutes before carving.
Whenever my husband and I cook a roast dinner the meat is always beautifully moist and tender. My dad’s method is a good guide to cooking roast dinners. Each time I cook a dinner like this one I thank god for being blessed with a knowledgeable father who loved to learn about and cook brilliant roasts. However you decide to eat this roast pork, as always, enjoy.
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