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Enjoy This Delicacy: Pork Belly

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RICHMOND, Va – David McClure is Chef De Cuisine at Williamsburg Winery.  He was back in the Virginia This Morning kitchen to prepare a hazelnut seared pork belly with a side of sweet potato hash. Simon Smith paired this pork delicacy with some full bodied wine.

Hazelnut seared Pork Belly with Sweet Potato Hash
Pork Belly
2.5# Pork Belly
5ea. Cipollini onions
1/2cup garlic cloves
2tbl fennel seed
2tbl green peppercorn
1gal water
2cups rough chopped basil
After it’s cooked 3 cups finely smoked chopped hazelnuts
Place pork belly, onions and garlic in a medium roasting pan and place on a burner with medium heat. Let cook for five to six minutes. Add Petite Fleur to deglaze pan. Add fresh herbs, spices and water. Wrap pan with plastic wrap and then foil, Let cook for 4 hours at 325 degrees. Let cool and place in refrigerator. Cut into large cubes. Place top of pork belly in the hazelnuts and sear for five minutes on each side save the fat in pan for your sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes
2ea. Sweet Potatoes
2tbl whole butter
2tbl Pork fat
1tbl fresh ground garlic
4ea. Cipollini onions(cut in fourths)
1/2cup White sorghum
1tbl Cardamom
1tbl cinnamon

First boil the sweet potatoes until fork tender. Place in ice water to cool. Now you can peel skin off and dice. Get a medium sauté pan on low heat and add the pork fat and butter. Add sweet potatoes, onions and garlic, once it cooks for 3 to five minutes add the sorghum. Place on a plate, slice pork belly and place on top. Use excess liquid in pan to sauce plate.

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