Perfect Pork and Beans

  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
1 tablespoon lard
500g leftover roast pork belly, cut into large chunks (around 6 centimetres by 3 centimetres)
200g thick cut smoked bacon lardons
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic crushed
2 tins pink kidney beans, drained
500ml chicken stock
100g manioc (cassava) flour
Knob unsalted butter
5 eggs, beaten
Small bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
Sea salt and black pepper

For the garnish

Left over crackling, broken into small pieces
Bunch spring onions, finely sliced
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
Hot pepper sauce

Heat the lard in a large, heavy-based pan. Add the pieces of pork and fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until caramelised. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate. Add the lardons to the pan, fry for 2 to 3 minutes until golden then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. Add the onions and garlic to the pan, fry for 5 minutes until soft then add the beans. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until warmed through then add the chicken stock, pork and bacon and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes until the beans are soft then gradually shake in the flour, stirring continuously until thickened.

Remove from the heat and leave to rest for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a heavy-based pan. Add the eggs and cook gently, stirring constantly until scrambled and just starting to set. Stir the eggs through the pork mixture, add the parsley and season to taste. Top with the pork crackling, spring onions and red chilli and serve with hot pepper sauce.

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