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Porchetta Side Dishes

Asked by Sachad. Answered on 14th April 2019

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I'd like to make Nigella's Porchetta recipe as part of an Italian dinner party, what vegetables or salad would you serve alongside? I'm also doing Nigella's tiramisu for dessert, what would you serve as a starter?

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Nigella's Porchetta (from NIGELLA SUMMER) is a pork belly that is slathered with a spiced garlic and herb paste, rolled and slow cooked until meltingly tender. The pork is served in thick slices in crisp ciabatta rolls. Alongside a good green salad, such as peppery rocket (arugula) leaves, would go well. Nigella's Raw Beetroot, Dill And Mustard Seed Salad also has flavours that would complement the garlicky pork.

As a starter a selection of antipasti is usually an easy and relaxed option. As well as a selection of cured meats you could serve Nigella's Mozzarella With Crazy Gremolata and some Moonblush Tomatoes. If you are serving cheese at the dinner then we would also suggest some of the Fig And Olive Chutney to go alongside. If you are having aperetifs beforehand then we would also recommend the Parmesan Shortbreads for your guests to nibble on.

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