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Roast pork with Rocquette cider gravy

From juicy local apples to a refreshing cider Rocquettes cider produce the best local cider for us all to enjoy.


1 boned and rolled hand and spring of pork , skin scored (about 4kg)

2 tbsp olive oil

sea salt

3 leeks , roughly chopped

2 carrots , roughly chopped

1 turnip , peeled and roughly chopped

2 bay leaves

3 sprigs thyme

1 sprig sage

500ml cider

500ml hot chicken stock

25g butter

25g flour


1. Heat the oven to 220C/ 200C fan/ gas 7. Score the skin of the pork and rub with olive oil and sea salt. Put the pork, leeks, carrots, turnip and herbs in large high-sided roasting pan and pour in the cider and stock. Roast for 30 minutes, then take the roasting tray out of the oven and cover tightly with foil. Return to the oven and turn the heat to 150C/ 130C fan/ gas 2.

2. After 4 hours, remove the foil, turn the oven back up again to 220C/ 200C fan/ gas 7 and roast for another 30 minutes.

3. Take the pork out of the oven, remove the meat, cover and set aside to rest. Drain the cooking liquid, pouring off any excess fat. Either serve or discard the cooking vegetables.

4. To make the gravy, melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the flour, cook for 2 minutes then whisk in the cooking liquid. Simmer for a few minutes. Serve alongside the meat. Delicious with braised red cabbage and roast potatoes

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