Crispy pig cheek, pickled fennel, chilli

Crispy pig cheek, pickled fennel, chilli

These schnitzel-esque crispy pig cheeks are paired with some crunchy and acidic pickled fennel and a rich pork jus infused with star anise and ginger.
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  1. Step 1

    Prep the pork cheek by removing the sinew from one side
  2. Step 2

    Season the pig cheeks lightly with salt
  3. Step 3

    In a hot pan sear the cheeks until golden brown, remove from the pan and set aside
  4. Step 4

    Put the pan back on the heat, add the spring onions and cook for 2 more minutes
  5. Step 5

    Add all the other ingredients and pig cheeks, bring to a simmer
  6. Step 6

    Cook for between 2 hours and 2 hours 30 minutes, or until the cheeks are tender. Stick a fork in one of the pig cheeks to check, and make sure there is no resistance in the meat
  7. Step 7

    While the pig cheeks cook, make the pickled fennel. Put all the ingredients apart from the fennel into a pan and bring up to the boil. Add the fennel and bring back to the boil
  8. Step 8

    Take the fennel off the heat and cool in a blast chiller
  9. Step 9

    Once the cheeks are cooked, take them off the heat and cool to room temperature in the stock. Next, remove the cheeks from the stock and place on a tray
  10. Step 10

    Pass the pork cheek cooking liquid through a chinois into a fresh pan and reduce until it coats the back of a spoon, about 10–12 minutes
  11. Step 11

    Add the flour, eggs and panko to 3 separate containers
  12. Step 12

    Roll the pig cheeks in flour, then dust off the excess. Place each cheek into the egg then into the panko. Roll them around in the panko until completely covered
  13. Step 13

    Coat all the pig cheeks in another layer of egg, and then another layer of panko. Line a container with panko and then place the breaded cheeks on top in a single layer
  14. Step 14

    When ready to serve, heat a few centimetres of vegetable oil in a heavy, high-sided pan for frying the pork cheeks. Fry each cheek until golden brown, and 70°C at the thickest part of the meat
  15. Step 15

    Warm up the reduction, and add 1 tablespoon to each plate. Top the reduction with the crispy pig cheek, and about 40g of pickled fennel. Garnish the fennel with 4–5 slices of chilli and some chives