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Crispy pork belly with cannellini bean, thyme and cherry tomato braise

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Looking to liven up your dinner menu? Give this crispy pork belly recipe a go. Served with a cannellini bean braise, it’s a warming dish that’s big on flavour.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time1 hour
  • Prep time20 minutes, + 6 hours chilling & 10 mins resting time
Crispy pork belly with cannellini bean, thyme and cherry tomato braise


  • 1 kg Coles Australian Pork Belly Roast
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs sea salt
  • 1 tbs thyme leaves
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 100g pancetta, coarsely chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans Coles Cannellini Beans, rinsed and drained
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) white wine
  • ½ cup (125ml) low-salt chicken stock
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 100g cherry truss tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

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  1. Step 1

    Place pork belly on a clean work surface and pat dry rind with paper towel. Using a very sharp knife, score the rind at 1cm intervals. Transfer pork to a plate. Rub 1 tsp oil over the rind. Sprinkle with half the salt. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 230°C. Pat dry pork rind with paper towel. Combine remaining salt and thyme leaves in a small bowl and sprinkle over the rind. Place pork, rind-side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Pour 2 cups (500ml) boiling water into the pan. Roast for 30 mins or until the rind starts to blister. Reduce temperature to 200°C and roast for a further 1 hour, adding more water if necessary. Increase temperature to 230°C for a further 10-15 mins or until rind is crisp. Transfer pork to a plate. Cover with foil and set aside to rest for 10 mins. Slice into 4 even pieces.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and pancetta. Cook for 5-7 mins or until pancetta is golden. Add cannellini beans and white wine. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins. Add chicken stock, ½ cup (125ml) water, and thyme sprigs. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 mins. Add tomato. Cook for 5 mins or until tomato softens. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in vinegar and parsley. Divide the cannellini bean braise among serving plates and top with pork belly to serve.