TweetAfter a week in Puglia eating the local orecchiette pasta every day it was time to learn to make the “little ears” for ourselves.
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Porchetta is an Italian street food, served in market stalls or from trucks, often in sandwich form.Made from an entire gutted, spit-roasted pig, and stuffed with citrus, rosemary, fennel, and other aromatics, the key characteristic is that each portion is a miniature celebration of the best parts of the entire pig: the fat, the lean, and the crackly skin. [...]
Rather than cook a whole pig, or mess with a finicky shoulder, our version of porchetta has been adapted for the home cook. We use a huge piece of skin-on pork belly, wrapped around a boneless pork loin, seasoned with spices, and tied into a roast. Explain to your butcher what your intentions are; they will trim the pork belly and the loin for you as needed. Once you’ve got it assembled, it’s nearly foolproof: Stick it in the oven, turn it a few times, adjust the temperature as needed, and you’re done. The result is astonishingly delicious, all crunchy skin and moist, flavorful meat, a celebratory meal that is equally appropriate for a holiday dinner, or eaten standing up over the sink in sandwich form.
Adapted from a recipe in Bon Appetit; Serves 12-15 people
*Note: I feel compelled to mention that, at approximately 850 calories per 1/2 inch slice, this dish is one of the worst things for you that you could ever eat. If this bothers you, I think you should look at the above photo again. All it means is that you should probably make this dish now, before you begin feeling the oppression of your own guilty New Year’s resolutions.