Harissa-glazed pork leg with quinoa recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 5mins to prepare and 3hrs-3hrs 15mins to cook, plus 20mins resting
  • 1101 calories / serving
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Harissa is a chilli and herb paste widely used in North Africa and Middle Eastern cuisines and here it gives a fiery kick to a pork leg joint. The tangy fruit, nut and grain side dish is an appealing and easy-to-prepare accompaniment. The remaining meat can be used to make a selection of dishes from around the world ‑ Oriental-style pork and lettuce cups, a classic rice dish from America’s deep south plus a mild and creamy Thai curry with coconut rice. 

Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, 160°C fan. Wipe the joint with kitchen paper to remove any excess moisture and place in a roasting tin. Combine the oil, harissa and garlic in a small bowl and rub it all over the meat, making sure the whole joint is covered. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes then reduce the temperature to gas 3, 170°C, 150°C fan and roast for 2 hours 45 minutes. When cooked, cover the joint in foil and leave to rest for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the bulgur wheat and quinoa mix with the chicken stock and 750ml (1 1/4 pints) water, according to the packet instructions. Sprinkle over the orange zest and juice and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well to combine. Cut the pork into thick slices and serve with the hot jewelled bulgur wheat and quinoa.

Set aside the leftover meat until cool. Wrap in foil or place in a lidded airtight plastic box and store in the fridge. Use within 2 days.

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  • Ingredients

  • For the pork

  • 2.5kg (5lb) pork leg
  • 60ml (4tbsp) olive oil
  • 60ml (4tbsp) harissa
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • For the jewelled bulgur wheat

  • 300g (10oz) bulgur wheat and quinoa mix
  • 500ml (17fl oz) chicken stock
  • 1 orange, zest and juiced
  • 50g (2oz) toasted flaked almonds
  • 40g (1 1/2oz) dried apricots, diced
  • 40g (1 1/2oz) pomegranate seeds
  • a small handful of parsley, roughly chopped
  • pinch salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
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  • Energy 4637kj 1101kcal 55%
  • Fat 32.7g 47%
  • Saturates 6.2g 31%
  • Sugars 7.8g 9%
  • Salt 2.2g 37%

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Carbohydrate 64.3g Protein 136g Fibre 2.6g

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