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Roast pork with crackling recipe

Roast pork with crackling recipe

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Keep it simple at your next Sunday lunch with this classic roast pork recipe. For the perfect crackling, prepare the pork 2 hrs ahead of cooking and season with garlic and sage. Slow roast on a bed of onions, and remove from the oven once the crackling is crisp and golden. Serve with your favourite roast side dishes and enjoy. See method

  • Serves 8
  • 10 mins to prepare and 2 hrs 35 mins to cook, plus 2 hrs drying
  • 592 calories / serving
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 2kg large pork leg joint with rind
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 15g fresh sage, leaves finely sliced
  • 3 large onions, thickly sliced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    41g 59%
  • Saturates

    13g 66%
  • Sugars

    5g 6%
  • Salt

    2g 34%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 7.6g Protein 48.7g Fibre 1.6g


  1. Remove the pork from its packaging 2 hrs before cooking and dry really well with kitchen paper. Keeping the string on, use a very sharp knife to score the skin 10-12 times, going through to the fat but not the meat. Leave to dry, uncovered, on a plate in the fridge for 1½ hrs, then allow to come to room temperature for 30 mins.
  2. Preheat the oven to gas 8, 230°C, fan 210°C. Put the pork, skin-side down, on a board and use a small knife to make deep holes in the meat all over. Push a few slices of garlic and some sage into each hole, then season lightly.
  3. Put the onions in the base of a shallow roasting tin and put the pork on top, skin-side up (the meat should rise above the sides). Rub the oil all over the meat and skin; evenly sprinkle the sea salt over the skin. Add enough water (400- 500ml) to cover the base of the tin, taking care not to wet the pork skin.
  4. Roast for 25 mins. Reduce the heat to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C; roast for a further 2 hrs. Top up with water if necessary so the onions don't catch.
  5. If the crackling isn't crisp and golden after 2 hrs, increase the heat to gas 8, 230°C, fan 210°C, and cook for another 10 mins or so. Once crisp, cover loosely with foil and set aside to rest for 20 mins.

Tip: Drying is important because you need the skin to be completely dry for the oil to stick to it. Any moisture will stop the crackling developing.

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