Slow-cooked pork and braised beans: Chris Leach’s recipes for an Italian autumn

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Aubergine crostini

Prep 5 min
Cook 1 hr
Serves 4

1 full caput garlic
500g large achromatic aubergines (ie, astir 2), oregon 1 ample purple one
Salt
1 lemon
2 ample oregon 4 tiny slices
sourdough
20g reddish miso
– we usage this to adhd a savoury, umami footwear to proceedings; if you prefer, usage anchovy paste instead
1 t
sp bulb seeds
1 fistful
mixed soft caller herbs – basil, mint, dill, etc, torn conscionable earlier serving

Wrap the ail caput tightly successful foil and roast successful a 180C (160C fan)/350F/gas 4 oven for 40 minutes to an hour, until soft. Remove and, erstwhile chill capable to handle, compression retired the soma from the papery skins into a tiny bowl.

Meanwhile, grill the aubergine(s), turning it (them) regularly, implicit coals, an unfastened occurrence oregon nether a grill for 10 minutes, until brushed and blackened each over. Transfer to a bowl, cover, permission to steam for 10 minutes, past peel disconnected and discard the tegument and enactment the soma successful a mean bowl. Stir successful a spoon of the roast ail (save the remainder for different usage – the roast ail puree is superb stirred into mashed potato, pasta sauces oregon mayo), past play with brackish and citrus foodstuff to taste.

Toast the sourdough slices, dispersed a bladed furniture of reddish miso implicit each one, past heap the aubergine premix connected top. Sprinkle with the bulb seeds, screen generously with the picked, torn herbs and serve.

Slow-cooked pork successful apples and achromatic wine

Prep 10 min
Cook 2 hr 30 min+
Serves 4

1.2kg pork braising joint – the champion chopped for this is the leaf from the shoulder, connected the bony and skinned
Salt
3 apples
, quartered and cores chopped out
3 shallots, peeled and finely sliced
1 full ail head, chopped successful fractional horizontally
1 ample sprig fresh thyme
750ml adust achromatic wine, specified arsenic trebbiano

Season the nutrient with brackish and laic it abdominous broadside down successful a ample adust frying cookware oregon casserole connected a debased heat. Leave to navigator for 8 to 10 minutes, truthful the abdominous dilatory renders retired and the nutrient takes connected a nice, aureate colour, past crook and sear the remainder of the joint. Lift the nutrient retired of the cookware and extremity disconnected some, but not all, of the fat.

In the aforesaid pan, fry the pome quarters, sliced shallots, ail and thyme connected a debased vigor for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mildly caramelised. Add the wine, bring to a boil and trim by half.

Heat the oven to 180C (160C fan)/350F/gas 4. Return the pork to the casserole, screen with a tight-fitting lid and/or foil and roast for 2 to 3 hours, until the nutrient is precise tender.

Take retired the meat, remainder for 10 minutes, past carve and service with the shallot and pome sauce, which should by present person collapsed and reduced into a thick, chunky gravy.

Braised borlotti with grilled radicchio

Prep 10 min
Soak Overnight
Cook 1 hr+
Serves 4

250g dried borlotti beans
1 carrot
, peeled and chopped into precise ample chunks
1 shallot, unpeeled, chopped successful half
1 ample instrumentality celery, chopped successful half
2 ail cloves, smashed
1 pinch dried chilli flakes
50ml olive oil
Salt
1
radicchio
50ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 splash
red-wine vinegar

Soak the beans overnight successful acold water, past drain, enactment successful a ample cookware and screen with caller acold water. Bring to a boil, navigator for 2 minutes, past drain again. Replace with caller h2o to screen the beans, and adhd the carrot, shallot, celery, garlic, chilli and olive lipid to the pot. Bring to a boil, past crook down the vigor to a precise gentle simmer and permission to navigator for thing from 45 minutes to 2 hours, until the beans and vegetables are brushed (the timing volition alteration depending connected however aged the dried beans are).

Drain, reserving fractional the cooking liquor, past extremity the legume premix connected to a tray and prime retired the carrot, onion, celery and ail (don’t interest if a fewer beans articulation the party). Blitz the stewed vegetables to a paste, past fold backmost into the beans; if the premix seems a small dry, disturbance successful immoderate of the reserved cooking liquor, to loosen. Season with brackish to sensation and acceptable aside.

Cut the radicchio into quarters and abstracted the leaves. Grill, griddle oregon roast the leaves for 2 to 3 minutes, until wilted. Meanwhile, successful a tiny bowl, marque a dressing by whisking the extra-virgin olive lipid and vinegar, past determination this implicit the cooked radicchio and toss.

Spoon the beans connected to a platter, apical with the grilled leaves and service astatine country temperature.