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Rolled pork belly with maple and bourbon pears & hasselback potatoes

Prep time –30 minutes
Cooking time – 1 ½hrs – 1hr 40 minutes hours

2 kg pork belly
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp sea salt
Cracked pepper
1 kg Desiree potatoes, roughly the same size
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 Tbsp chopped mixed herbs – I like to use thyme and rosemary
50 g butter
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup bourbon
4 pears, quartered, leave the skin on

1 Preheat oven to 220c. Line a tray with baking paper. Pat dry the skin of the pork with paper towel, and make sure its dry. If the pork skin is still wet, allow to dry in the fridge uncovered for a few hours. Score the skin with a small sharp knife. Not cutting all the way through to the flesh. Roll the pork belly onto itself and tie with string – this can be done with one long piece of string or in small ties across the top, so the belly stays in a roll shape. Rub with 2 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Place onto a rack on prepared tray and cook for 30 minutes till skin blisters and cracks. Reduce heat to 190c.
2 Slice the potatoes into 3mm slices but not all the way through, leaving them in tact at the base ( you can place then beside 2 chopsticks and use this as a guide to cut to. ) Place into a baking dish, and repeat with other potatoes. Combine the remaining oil with garlic, sea salt and herbs, drizzle over the potatoes. Cook for 1 hour – 10 minutes, or till golden and soft in the centre.
3To make the maple bourbon pears, place the butter into a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat till bubbling, add maple syrup, bourbon and stir to combine. Add pears and cook for7-8 minutes till softened, but still firm. Set aside.
4 Slice pork and arrange on a platter with potatoes and maple pears.