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Pork belly with cherry gravy

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  • Egg free
  • Sesame free

Try our crispy pork belly paired with a salty-sweet cherry gravy for a main meal to impress the whole family this Christmas.

  • Serves8, With leftovers
  • Cook time1 hour 30 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + standing time
Slices of pork belly with cherry gravy.


  • 2 x 1.2kg Coles Australian Pork Belly Roast Boneless
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbs sea salt flakes
  • 3 tsp ground white pepper
  • 40g butter, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (35g) plain flour
  • 2 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) clear apple juice
  • 1/2 cup (100g) drained pitted morello cherries
  • Watercress sprigs, to serve
  • Sliced red chilli, to serve (optional)

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a roasting pan with baking paper. Place the pork in the lined pan. Pat the rind dry with paper towel. Use a small sharp knife to score the rind at 1cm intervals. Brush the rind with oil. Rub with sea salt flakes and pepper. Roast for 50 mins.
  2. Step 2

    Increase oven to 230°C. Roast the pork for a further 20-30 mins or until cooked through. Remove from oven. Transfer to a large platter. Set aside for 5 mins to rest.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, pour the pan juices into a heatproof jug. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and five spice. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until the mixture is grainy. Gradually add the stock and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 mins or until the mixture comes to the boil. Stir in apple juice and pan juices. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat and stir in the cherries.
  4. Step 4

    Transfer pork to a serving platter with the watercress. Sprinkle with chilli, if using. Season. Thickly slice the pork and serve with the gravy.