This recipe is taken from Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course and Delia Smith’s Complete Illustrated Cookery Course
| 1 piece loin of pork with crackling, about 3 lb (1.35 kg)|
| 3 level tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs|
| 1 heaped teaspoon whole peppercorns|
| 1 heaped teaspoon dried sage|
| 3 level teaspoons Dijon mustard|
| salt |
|For the garnish: |
| 3 small Cox's apples|
| 1 oz (25 g) butter|
|For the gravy|
| a little plain flour |
| 10 fl oz (275 ml) dry cider |
| Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7, 425°F (220°C).|
Start by scoring the skin of the pork with the tip of a very sharp knife. Then take off the skin, together with about half the layer of fat underneath – in one piece if possible.
Place this on a shallow baking tray, sprinkle generously with salt then put it on the highest shelf of the oven for 15-20 minutes or until it is a very crisp and crunchy piece of crackling to accompany the meat. When you remove it from the oven, pour the fat into a bowl to use later for frying etc. Meantime, place the breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl, crush the peppercorns with a pestle and mortar or using the back of a tablespoon, and add them to the breadcrumbs together with the sage and about ½ teaspoon salt.
Next spread the mustard all over the layer of fat left on the pork, then press the breadcrumb mixture firmly all over, making sure that it is well coated. Transfer the joint to a roasting tin and place a square of foil lightly on top.
Place the meat on a high shelf in the oven, reduce the heat to gas mark 5, 375°F (190°C), and roast the pork for about 2 hours, basting occasionally, and removing the foil for the last 30 minutes.
When the pork is cooked, leave it in a warm place to relax, then spoon off the fat from the roasting tin. Sprinkle a little flour into the juices and make some gravy with the cider. For the garnish, core the apples and cut into rings – but do not peel – and fry gently in butter until tender.
Serve the pork cut in slices with the gravy and some crackling, garnished with the fried apple rings. New potatoes and a green vegetable would be good in summer, and in winter roast potatoes and braised red cabbage.