Smoked salts are usually used as a finishing salt, as they bring a delicate flavour to the dish. However Sous Chef's Viking smoked salt is a little different. Indeed, it works well served at the table sprinkled over cooked white fish, sliced tomatoes, or to to dip quails eggs at a canapé party. Yet because of the complex mix of spices in addition to the smokiness - deep yellow turmeric, onion, and spiced flavours - it also works well in cooking. Stir through kedgeree, season steak before frying, or - like we've done here - use the smoked salt with quick roast pork belly.
Pork belly is a comforting addition to a wintry salad, and pork belly cured in smoked salt is even more enticing. Adding fruit brings sweetness to the fireside-warm spice flavours, and a lightly acidic mustardy dressing cuts through the fattiness of the pork.
The pork belly is first cured in a salt sugar mixture - it becomes firmer and gives out more water, whilst taking on the Viking smoked salt-spice flavours. Pork could be replaced with deboned chicken thighs - just slice in half, and halve the marinade time.
Ingredients Serves: 4
- 25g Sous Chef Viking Smoked Salt
- 25g Muscovado Sugar
- 550g sliced pork belly (2 cm wide strips, no skin), or substitute with deboned chicken thighs
For the salad
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
- 3 nectarines
- 150g mixed salad leaves or rocket
- Handful mint leaves
- Mix together the Viking smoked salt and muscovado sugar and rub over the pork belly. Cover with cling film and leave to cure for 6-10 hours (half as long if using chicken).
- Pour away any watery juices from the pork, and roast in a preheated oven at 180C/160C fan for 40 mins.
- Whilst the pork is roasting, whisk together the Dijon mustard, sherry vinegar and olive oil for the salad dressing. Cut the peaches in half to remove the stones, and the slice each half into four.
- Remove the pork from the oven, and slice into 1cm wide ‘lardons’. Toss the salad leaves in the dressing and divide between four plates. Place the warm lardons and nectarine slices on top of the leaves, and scatter with the mint to serve.
After a stage as a chef at a London Michelin-starred restaurant Nicola became obsessed with seeking the best flavours from around the world. She started Sous Chef in 2012, and is always sharing her knowledge of ingredients and writing recipes to showcase those products. Learning from the products, Sous Chef's suppliers and her travels, Nicola has written the majority of the recipes on the Sous Chef website, all of which are big on flavour.