Pork Tasting Plate

Pork Tasting Plate – Cider and Apple Shoulder Broth, Pork Filet with Feta Crumble and Pineapple Braised Pork Belly Accompanied by Various Vegetables


Don’t be put off by the long title it's only words! I promise if you want that special recipe this is very achievable. There is nothing complicated in this dish and it's all about planning. Follow the step by step broken down recipe and also the guide for which order to attack the different elements and you will be fine.  If you still find it a little intimidating then just cut out one or two elements.

The first thing I would say is please try and use free range pork where possible but if not make sure it is 100% NZ Pork. There is no reason what so ever to buy anything other than 100% NZ pork. This recipe, although designed by myself is inspired by the 100% NZ pork website and to be more precise the Extraordinary Kitchen, you can find them at http://www.extraordinarykitchen.co.nz/


Are you ready to make yours an extraordinary kitchen? I’ll show you how.


Ingredients – serves 4

Throughout this recipe I don’t really mention salt, pepper or oil. Salt and pepper is to be added at all stages to meet your required taste except with the pork fillet which has salt from the prosciutto.

Pork Filet Wrapped in Prosciutto with Feta Crumble

75g Prosciutto

200g Pork fillet

Cider and Apple Pork Shoulder Broth

200g Pork shoulder

1 Onion

1 Carrot

1 Apple

1 Capsicum

1 330ml Bottle of cider

1 Litre Chicken stock

1 cup Red wine

Pineapple Braised Pork belly

300g Pork belly

1 litre Pineapple juice

Roasted Baby Carrots

16 Baby carrots, green off and the small stringy bit at the end as well.

You can also use 4 large carrots cut into batons as an alternative.

1 knob of butter

Cauliflower Puree

350g Cauliflower florets

400ml Cream

Roasted Baby onions

16 baby onions, peeled

12 tblsp Sugar

200ml Sherry or Balsamic vinegar

Crushed Pea Puree

1 cup of Garden peas

40g butter

Feta crumb

Equal amounts of feta cheese and breadcrumb, for 4 people about 70g of each





Day before

Feta crumble

Wrap pork fillet

Shoulder broth


In the morning

Pork belly

Baby onions


1 hour before

Cauliflower puree (this could be made the day before)

Roasted carrots


30 minutes before

Crushed peas


15 minutes before

Sear pork filet and reheat premade elements.




Pork Fillet

Trim any excess sinew or fat.

As per picture layout the prosciutto first then roll to completely encase the fillet.

Wrap and roll tightly to a perfect sausage shape using Glad wrap.

Refrigerate as long as possible to keep the shape.

Just before cooking heat a pan with oil and pepper. NO SALT.

Slice the pork into ¾inch pieces.

Sear on both sides until golden brown and put into a hot oven for 3-5 minutes until prosciutto is crispy.

When plating simply rest the pork alone on the plate and finish with the feta crumble.


Feta Crumb

Blend together equal amounts of feta and breadcrumbs, then bake until golden brown and put into an airtight container when cooled.

Use as required.


Pork Shoulder with an Apple and Cider Broth

Firstly you should have you butcher debone and give you a piece approximately the size you need. Don’t stress about the amount too much because it’s a delicious soup on its own if you have leftovers.


Finely dice all the vegetables and fruit mentioned in the recipe.

Cook in a roasting tray with a splash of oil and when it's beginning to colour, with the heat still high, add the shoulder.

When the shoulder is caramelised all over de-glaze the pan with cider and red wine.

Finally add the chicken stock and cover with tinfoil before putting the whole dish in the oven for approximately 2 hours on 180°C. (Times may vary dependant on meat size and oven)

When tender and cooled enough so you can handle the pork, dice the meat and remove any excess fat.

Mix back into your “soup” that has now been created in your roasting dish.

For serving just reheat and serve in your chosen dish.


Pineapple braised pork belly

Score the skin off the pork belly in a criss-cross pattern.

Season the skin by massaging into the gaps created by scoring.

Put into a roasting tin and pour in pineapple juice being careful to avoid getting any on the skin. (A little is ok but it will ruin your chances of a crispy skin later)

Put into the oven similar to the shoulder, again covered with tin foil. Timings also would be approximately the same.


When cooked remove the meat from the pineapple juice and reduce which will caramelise because of the natural sugars and the stock and juice from the pork belly. When it’s a dark brown colour its ready.

At the same time cut the pork belly into 1inx1in pieces.

To serve reheat in the oven skin side down until the skin has become crispy.


Crushed Pea Puree

Cook your peas, cooking depends on type.

With a fork crush your peas with butter and seasoning.


Roasted Baby Onions

In a tray with a lip put all your ingredients in and give them a quick mix until all the onions are coated with the sugar and balsamic vinegar.


Roast until the onions have begun to caramelise and soften.


Cauliflower Puree

In a pot add the cauliflower, cream and seasoning and cook until the cauliflower is soft.

Blend and pass through a sieve to gain a smooth puree.


Use as required.


Roasted Carrots

In a pan add butter and a splash of oil.

On a medium heat add the carrots when the butter has melted.

Cook until the carrots are tender.



So that’s it and I think this is a hell of a dish! I loved it so much it is going to feature on my new menu at Auckland’s Waitakere Estate starting mid-June so come and sample it! Again big thanks go to the Extraordinary Kitchen for the inspiration in creating the dish. Go straight to their website and check out more exciting recipes by Masterchef judge Simon Gault. You can find them at http://www.extraordinarykitchen.co.nz/


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