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Slow-Cooked Pork with Baby Pumpkins

Slow-Cooked Pork with Baby Pumpkins recipe, brought to you by MiNDFOOD.

Slow-Cooked Pork with Baby Pumpkins

Pork neck is an inexpensive cut of meat and a favourite Chinese in cuisine for its ability to hold flavour. This recipe could also be made with loin.

Serves 4

1.2kg piece of pork neck

2 tbsp fennel seeds

2 tsp black peppercorns

2 tsp sea salt flakes

1 tbsp olive oil

4 small turnips, peeled, cut into quarters

1 onion, finely chopped

1 cup cooked rice

¼ cup pecan nuts, roughly chopped

¼ cup currants

½ cup grated cheddar cheese

1 egg, separated

4 small pumpkins, sliced to form tops,

pulp and seeds removed

 

1 Preheat oven to 200C. Tie pork neck every 6cm with kitchen twine. Put fennel seeds, peppercorns and sea salt in a mortar and pestle and grind until coarsely ground. Pour fennel mixture onto a sheet of baking paper. Roll pork 
in mixture, coating well on all sides.

2 Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp oil. When hot add pork and cook for 5–7 minutes or until browned on all sides. Transfer to a roasting pan. Put turnips around pork and transfer pan to oven. Roast for 45 minutes or until pork is cooked through.

3 Meanwhile, to make pumpkins, heat remaining oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 
3 minutes or until soft. Stir in rice, pecan nuts and currants. Remove from heat and cool. Stir through cheese and egg yolk. Using an electric hand-beater, beat egg white until stiff peaks form and then fold into rice mixture. Spoon mixture into pumpkin shells. Cover with pumpkin tops. Put pumpkins in a baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Serve sliced pork and roasted turnip with pumpkins.

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