Get cooking... Pork

Pork is a delicious, versatile, and healthy meal option that can be prepared and ready in minutes. Pork is a great option either as a tasty simple meal for one, or a delicious family feast that gives value for money. These recipes can also be finished on the barbecue for a perfect outdoor treat.

Look for the Bord Bia quality mark when buying pork.

Paprika spiced pork belly

This is a good way to feed your friends when you are on a budget!

Serves six


1 1/2 kg pork belly in one piece, rind on, well scored

1 tablesp smoked paprika

1 teasp salt


4 tablesp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 teasp smoked paprika

2 scallions, chopped

1 tablesp fresh coriander

1 red chilli, chopped

Salt and black pepper


Set the oven 180ºC (350Fº ), gas mark 4.

Place the pork on a rack over a deep roasting tin, then pour

half a kettle of boiling water over the rind, discard the water, and dry off the pork with kitchen paper; this will help to give you really crisp crackling.

Mix the smoked paprika and salt together. Spread it over the rind and meat. Place the pork back on the rack over the

roasting tin and place in the hot oven for two hours approx. If you are barbecuing, finish on the hot barbecue for the last half hour.

To make the dressing, heat the olive oil, add the garlic, and allow the garlic to just turn golden — no more, then tip the oil and garlic into the processor. Add the smoked paprika, scallions, coriander, and chilli and whiz for a minute, taste for seasoning.

Serve the pork in thick slices with a spoonful of the dressing. This is very good with potato wedges cooked in the oven with the pork — season the wedges with a sprinkling of smoked paprika and salt — delicious!

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