I have my Mother in Law visiting this week and this dish is a follow up to my instant pot pork chop with red cabbage dish and will be our Sunday ‘dinner’ this week, with there being just the two of us it is rare for us to roast a joint of meat but seeing as I love Roast Pork Belly I figured I better practice this dish… Now I couldn’t serve my Mother in Law a dish I hadn’t practiced in a while could I? So here it is, a dish that I don’t think could be more British if it tried, Roast Pork Belly, some red cabbage and a kick ass gravy, hell I even add some roast potatoes to give it the full British accent, I did forego the apple sauce though but it never worked on a dish with gravy for me personally.
An awful lot of people seem to struggle making a real roasting pan gravy, I can only assume it is impatience, the secret is making sure you reduce and keep on reducing by 2/3 to 3/4 of the original volume and then a load of butter to add richness and body, when you do that there should be no need for cornstarch or flour to thicken your gravy. It should take between 15-20 minutes, however a decent joint of roasted meat needs to rest for at least 15 minutes and best rested for 30 minutes so there is ample time. Well that’s my gravy anyway and the way I have always made it, although I was definitely ‘Bisto baby’ and all of the gravy I consumed growing up as a child would have come out of a packet, even roast pork belly would come with a beef gravy.
We have just one glorious week left of freedom from the garden and if the weather forecasts hold true we will be straight back into the garden preparing for planting the day after we put Julies Mum on the plane back home. Now right now I will tell you that it is an exciting time and I can’t wait, feel free to copy and paste this to me in 3-4 months time when I am complaining about feeling like an old man and endlessly moaning about the amount of work I have to do. Naturally I will not laugh it off I will just say that ‘Summer Brian’ thinks that ‘Winter Brian’ is a dick and in all honesty that is reciprocally true, once we get beyond two thirds through a season I am hankering for it to change again!