Cider Braised Pork Belly with Apple Sauce
Season the pork then place it in a large roasting tray. Arrange all the vegetables, herbs and spices around it. Pour in cider, cover with tin foil and braise in the oven at Gas mark 1, 150°C (300°F) for 3 hours. The belly is done when you can pierce the flesh easily
To make the apple sauce, simply peel, core and chop the apples and add them to a saucepan along with the sugar, butter and water. Allow to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very soft. Taste before a serving and add a little more sugar if needed.
Increase the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F). Place the roasting tin/tray into the hot oven and leave for 20-25 minutes to crispen the skin.
To make the gravy, place the roasting tin over a medium heat. Drain off the fat. Then stir in the cornflour mixture. Continue stirring until it the sauce thickens. Taste and season then simmer for a couple of minutes. Pour through a sieve into a gravy boat.
To serve, slice the pork and serve it with the apple sauce, gravy and roast vegetables.