Pork cooked with milk, cinnamon, bay and lemon


For the pork
For the rice

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.

  2. For the pork, season the pork all over with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Heat a deep casserole large enough to hold the pork until hot, then add the olive oil and pork. Fry for 1-2 minutes on each side, until browned all over, then rest bone-side down in the pan.

  4. Add the butter, onions and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes more.

  5. Add enough milk to cover the pork, then add the lemon zest, half of the lemon juice, the coriander, bay leaves and spices.

  6. Transfer to the oven and cook uncovered for 1½-2 hours, or until the bones pull away from the meat easily. Remove the pork and set aside in a warm place.

  7. Skim the remaining milk sauce of excess fat with a spoon. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and add the remaining lemon juice, to taste.

  8. Place the sauce over a medium heat and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to simmer until thickened.

  9. For the rice, bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Add the rice and cook for 12-14 minutes until tender. Drain and return to the pan to remove any excess moisture.

  10. Season the rice, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then add the herbs and stir to combine.

  11. Meanwhile, bring a separate pan of salted water to boil. Add the greens and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until tender. Drain and return to the pan, then add the butter and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  12. To serve, remove the bones from the pork, then carve the meat into slices and place onto plates. Spoon over the sauce and place some greens and herbed rice alongside.

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Saturday Kitchen Best Bites Episode 162 bbc_one Saturday Kitchen Best Bites

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