One of my favourite cuts of pork is pork steak, I have cooked it the traditional way by stuffing it and roasting in the oven. Or cooked on the barbeque after marinading and served with crusty bread rolls. However, the one that wins hands down is this recipe which my aunt Claire recently sent me. This has caused family rows at mealtime, fights over who got more bacon or the crunchy appley bread surrounding the pork steak. Its so delicious! And I know I say most things are easy, but this really is and keeps the pork lovely and moist.
- 1 pork steak
- 1 large baguette
- 1 large eating apple sliced thinly
- About 5 back rashers
- Olive oil (for drizzling)
- Rock salt
- A few sprigs of rosemary
Preheat the oven to 200 c/400 f/gas mark 6
Trim any excess fat from the pork steak leaving a little on for flavour.
Finely chop the rosemary and mix with the rock salt. Roll the trimmed pork steak in this and leave aside while preparing the baguette.
Cut each end off the baguette and cut length ways in half. Scoop out the bread leaving a thin layer to cover the internal crust.
Drizzle both sides with a little olive oil and then line each side of the baguette with the thinly sliced apple. Drizzle with more olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Place the herb and rock salt encrusted pork steak into one half of the baguette and once again drizzle with a little olive oil. Carefully place the other half of the baguette onto the pork steak making sure that none of the apple falls out.
Next wrap the rashers around the outside of the baguette and drizzle again with olive oil. Place the whole lot in a lightly oiled ovenproof dish. Cover with a lid or some baking foil and cook for about 1 hour 20 minutes (depending on oven temperature). For the last 10 minutes of cooking, remove the baking foil to allow the rashers and bread to crisp.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before cutting into slices.
I love this dish served with a herb salad and chunky hand cut chips which I consider the Ultimate Comfort Food.