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Recipe – Braised pork belly bites with spiced pea purée – Ocean Sands Hotel

Recipes from Chef Marcin Szczodrowski, The Ocean Sands Hotel 

Braised pork belly bites with spiced pea purée, black pudding dust and Parma Ham crisp 

Serves 4 as a starter

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 6 hours (plus overnight marinade)


1 kg boneless fresh pork belly, skin on and scored
1 orange
2tsp Chinese Five Spice powder
A sprinkling of chopped fresh thyme and rosemary
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large onion, chopped
250ml fresh orange juice
3 bay leaves
1 clove garlic
100g frozen peas
100ml vegetable bouillon
half a fresh red chilli, finely chopped
100g black pudding (Chef Marcin uses Kelly’s Black Pudding)
4 slices Parma ham
A few salad leaves to decorate


For the dry marinade
Zest the orange and mix the zest with the Chinese Five Spice Powder, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub this mixture into the meat. Cover it (or place in a sealed plastic bag) and leave it overnight in the fridge.

To cook
Pre heat the oven to the maximum setting. Lay the pork skin side up on a rack over a roasting tin, making sure the skin is exposed.
Roast for 10 minutes then turn the heat down to 180oC/fan oven 160oC/gas mark 4. At this point add the onion, bay leaves and orange juice.
After an hour and a half, take a look at the pork. If the skin isn’t crisp, turn up the heat to 220oC/fan 200oC/gas mark 7, then cook for another 20-30 minutes until golden and crisp.
Leave to rest for at least 10 minutes in a warm place. Cut into bite size pieces.

Spiced Pea Purée
Pour the vegetable bouillon into a small pot. Add the frozen peas, garlic and chilli.
Bring to the boil and cook for 3 minutes then blend until smooth. 

Black Pudding Dust
Pre heat the oven to 200oC/fan oven 180oC/gas mark 6.
Chop the black pudding into small pieces and put it on a baking tray.
Cook for 10 minutes until dry and crisp.
Blend until it is like dust.

Parma Ham
While the pudding is cooking, place the Parma Ham on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 3 minutes until crisp
Cut it into medium size pieces.

To Serve
Divide the pea puree between four heated plates. Place a quarter of the pork bites on each and arrange one of the Parma Ham slices (cut into piece) on top.
Scatter the black pudding dust over the dish and add a few small salad leaves to decorate. 

Recipes from Chef Marcin Szczodrowski of The Ocean Sands Hotel

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