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Bev Eggleston's Pork with Herbed Cereals, Pickled Blueberries, Chanterelles and Sumac

A one-month pickling process, plus about 36 hours of cooking followed by 12 hours of pressing.

Serves 4

Ingredients for the pork belly:

2 pounds fresh pork belly

5 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

A pinch of TCM (curing salt)

1 liter of water


Black pepper

Instructions for the pork belly:

Combine sugar, TCM and salt. Place in a pot and cover with just enough water to dissolve it. Cook over medium heat until the mixture melts. Add the remaining water and cool. Place the pork belly in the brine and refrigerate for 24 hours. After 24 hours, rinse the pork under cold running water for 10 minutes. Dry the pork completely. Season pork with sumac, a little salt and black pepper.

Cook for 36 hours at 71.1 C (160 F). When pork is finished cooking, shock in an ice bath for one hour. Press the pork between two sheet trays. Place some heavy pans on top to press the pork, this will improve the texture. Allow to press for 12 hours. When pork is finished pressing, portion it into eight 3 ounce pieces and reserve.

Ingredients for the herb puree:

1 bunch of chervil

1 bunch of flat leaf parsley

Instructions for the herb puree:

Pick all leaves from the stems. Reserve the stems in ice water to garnish the dish.

Blanch the herbs in heavily salted, boiling water for 40 seconds. Shock in an ice bath. Purée in a blender with just enough water to make the blade spin. Blend until smooth and strain through a fine mesh sieve. Reserve.

Ingredients for the cereals:

1½ cups of mixed cereals, such as buckwheat, steel cut oats, faro and wheat berries

1 cup of onion, small dice

1 garlic clove, minced

4 cups pork stock (a strong chicken stock can act as a substitute)

1 tablespoon canola oil

Instructions for the cereals: If you can't find a nice selection of grains and cereals, one grain will do.

Keep in mind that all the grains cook at different rates and will need to be cooked separately. Just follow the instructions below for each individual cereal. The cereals are done cooking when they are soft and pleasant to eat. When they are all cooked, mix them all together and reserve.

In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, sauté the onion until translucent, then add garlic. Cook for one minute more. When garlic is soft add the grains. Stir the grains into the onion and garlic mixture.

Begin adding the stock two ounces at a time, just like you would when making risotto. Continue until the grains are completely cooked.

Ingredients for the pickled blueberries:

8 ounces of fresh blueberries

1/2 cup water

1 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

>10 leaves of fresh eucalyptus

Instructions for the pickled blueberries:

Heat everything except the blueberries and lemon juice to a boil. Pour mixture over the blueberries and add the lemon juice.

Allow to sit under refrigeration for one month.

Ingredients for the chanterelles:

20 small chanterelles, scraped, soaked and dried

1 tablespoon lard

Instructions for the chanterelles:

In a large sauté pan over very high heat cook the chanterelles in the lard. Season with salt and splash of vinegar.

To assemble:

Sear the individual portions of pork belly on the plancha. While the pork is cooking, add the herb purée to the cereals and heat.

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