What to serve with braised pork belly?
Hello fellow Chowhounders! I'm making braised pork belly as a special Valentine's day meal for my boyfriend. I'm having trouble coming up with something to pair it with. I was thinking of a sunchoke puree, but I'm afraid the plate will lack color.
Does anyone out there have any brilliant suggestions? Thanks in advance!
Looking for colour? Braised Beetroot and quick pickle/salad of carrots and cucumbers and daikon if you doing the pork with Asian flavours.
I would simply blanch some broccoli rabe or broccoli di ciccio ahead of time and heat up in the oven, sprinkle with good salt and drizzle with olive oil. You want something bitter and somewhat plain to complement the richness of the pork belly, and the color combination will be attractive on the plate.
I am making Frank Stitt's Pork on Pork this weekend, great cold weather food. It is pork belly and pork shoulder braised together and served up with a bourbon sauce. I am making creamy grits and roasted vegetables to go with it.
Fergus Henderson 'The Whole Beast' recommends lentils.
"With the rich and fatty belly you want quite dour lentils" (from a recipe for belly that has been brined for 10 days).
The French has something similar, petit sale
Lentils would work well even if the belly wasn't brined. I particularly liked the the French puy type of lentil.