Thursday, 16 April 2009

Home made pork scratchings

Ever since Alex posted about his homemade, baked pork scratchings, I have been wanting to do them. My favourite bar snack, in the privacy of my own home, and what could be simpler?
You just salt some pork skin, leave it in the fridge for a couple of days to dry out thoroughly, and roast them until they crackle. Right?

Well, my first problem was getting the pork skins. Our local butcher isn't a proper butcher - they get pre-wrapped cuts of meat from some sort of central depot, and they have no idea of the provenance of any of the meat, so I don't shop there.

What I ended up doing was ordering a couple of nice, organic rolled pork belly joints from the Well Hung Meat Company, with the intention of making bacon from the meat, and using the skins for the scratchings.

I cut the skins into pieces (using kitchen scissors - much easier to handle than a knife), salted them and put them uncovered into the fridge for a couple of days.
Then I carefully wiped off the salt and water that had leached out of them, put them in a baking tin, dusted them with fennel pollen and roasted them, according to Alex's instructions. This was my second problem. Alex said it should take about 90 minutes, starting at 180C and reducing the heat to 140C. Well, after 2 hours at 140C I put the heat back up to 180C and it still took a total of 4 hours to crisp properly!

The end result was fabulous - the perfect texture and a wonderful aroma from the fennel pollen, but having the oven on for 4 hours just for this is a bit too extravagant. Still - if you can find something better with a glass of German wheat beer, I would like to hear about it!

10 comments:

Debinhawaii said...

Wow--these look like the ultimate guilty pleasure and so decadent too!

kat said...

Woah! That is a decadent treat!

Foodycat said...

Deb - guilty pleasure is right!

Kat - I know... so much salt and fat!

Heather said...

wow - i've never heard of pork scratching - but they look pretty unhealthy, which means i'm sure i'd like it ;0

Sam said...

I need to try this! They look amazing!

Natashya said...

You are amazing. They look like they would be awesome with a few beers. I have never had anyting like them.

Foodycat said...

Heather - I think Americans call them pork rinds.

Sam - you should!

Natashya - your arteries are probably happy that you've never tried this.

Leslie said...

Oh my..I just gained 5 pounds looking at these. I bet they tasted like heaven!

Just Cook It said...

Huzzah! They worked, although booo to whoever said they only take an hour and a half. *hangs head in shame*

Foodycat said...

Leslie - if you gained 5lb reading that, can you imagine how much I gained eating them?

Alex - you are forgiven!

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