Braised pork belly in apple juice given a huge speed boost in the Instant Pot. It is then pressed and served with the most incredible puffed cracking, caramelised apples and celeriac mash!
Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly With Apples and Puffed Crackling.
Sometimes spending time in the kitchen to create a tasty meal is well worth it. And for me, this is undeniably one of those meals!
It is as cheap as chips to make and owing to the magic of pork belly. It packs a punch of flavour that most meats cannot get anywhere near.
I have written about pork belly before here on Krumpli. It is certainly one of my favourite cuts of meat.
You should all know by now that I rarely post a piece of meat on its own. I like to create recipes that are complete meals and this recipe for braised pork belly is no different!
So this unassuming little stunner comes with a celeriac mash and some caramalised apples… Because pork and apples are always a good thing as is celeriac and apple!
That is all before we get to the most amazing and maybe surprising pork crackling.
The Two Faces Of Pork Crackling.
Now I find it difficult to choose my best pork crackling because I love both types.
The full-on crispy stuff is awesome and I go. This puffed pork crackling is.. Erm Awesome!
I go into much more detail as to how to make the perfect pork crackling nice and crispy in this pork belly recipe.
However, because I don’t do it anywhere near as often I would say that the puffed crackling on this recipe always feels more special!
It is also family perfect, as it is both safe for grandma and her ropey gnashers as well as the kids. Most importantly it packs all of the flavour you would associate with perfect pork crackling.
It is magic, you dehydrate down the braised skin and scrape off any fat and then dunk in hot oil.
Then be prepared to be amazed. Just watch that stuff grow, it takes seconds!
It is also much more versatile, as the dehydrated pork skin will keep in an airtight container.
I use it in this ham hock salad recipe which just so happens to be my favourite recipe on my site (so far)! Yes, I am the guy who puts pork crackling on a salad, just roll with it!
The Instant Pot and Pork.
Whether it is this braised pork belly dish, my apple glazed ribs or my pork belly with port cherry recipe they all demonstrate one thing. That is that the Instant Pot is rather good at dealing with the cheaper cuts of pork.
This is however not your run of the mill dump and run Instant Pot recipe. It is an unashamedly long recipe, two days in fact.
But do you know what? You are worth it. I’m worth it and most significantly my wife is worth it!
If you have never tried pressed pork belly you are most certainly missing out on a real treat. One that cannot be compared to any other cooking method or result.
No, it is not everyday food. It certainly is not blingy food if the list of ingredients are taken alone. However, if you promised to cook me this braised pork belly you would most definitely have a friend for life!