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Slow Roasted Pork Using Leg

Asked by Sandhan. Answered on 30th March 2019

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Can I use a rolled and boned 4.6kg leg of pork in the 24 hour Slow-Roasted Aromatic Pork recipe instead of a shoulder with the bone in?

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Slow-Roasted Aromatic Shoulder of Pork
By Nigella
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Our answer

Nigella's Slow-Roasted Aromatic Shoulder Of Pork (from NIGELLA BITES) cooks the shoulder of pork slowly in a very low oven for 24 hours. Pork shoulder contains a good marbling of fat and is a perfect cut of meat for slow roasting as the fat melts away during cooking, leaving moist meat that can be pulled apart. Cooking pork on the bone also helps to prevent the meat from becoming too dry.

Pork leg contains a lot less fat than shoulder and can have a tendancy to dry out if cooked for too long, so we would not particularly recommend it for this recipe. You can slow roast pork leg but it is better to use a slightly higher temperature with a less extended cooking time and it is a good idea to also add liquid to the roasting pan to help keep the meat moist. However, pork belly is also a very good cut for slow roasting and you may like to try Nigella's Slow Roast Pork Belly.

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