A knockout recipe for Ibérico pork cheeks from Pizarro
If tender pork, stewed for hours and served with garlic mash and broccoli spears doesn't sound like your kind of thing, we won't judge you. But if it does, you're our kind of reader. See below for the recipe from Jose Pizarro's Pizarro restaurant
800g pork cheeks (ideally Ibérico Pork), excess fat & sinew trimmed and cut in half
1 tbsp flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed
½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp pimentón de la Vera (smoked paprika)
100ml sherry vinegar
500ml beef or pork stock
Handful flat-leaf parsley
400g can of butter beans, drained & rinsed
1 garlic clove
70-100ml olive oil
Head of broccoli or tender-stem broccoli spears
Handful of toasted flaked almonds
Add the oil to a pan and fry the onions until softened. Put to one side.
Lightly coat the pork cheeks in the seasoned flour and fry until browned on all sides, do in batches if required. Now add all pork and onions together adding garlic, cumin and paprika. Then add the sherry vinegar to deglaze the pan, ensure to scrape all the brown bits from the base to combine and optimise the flavours.
Add the stock, bring to the boil and then simmer and cover for 2 hours until the pork is tender. If the sauce is too liquid, take off the lid and bring back to the boil to reduce the sauce.
Pour the beans into a saucepan with the garlic and 100ml water and bring to the boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and whizz in a blender with the olive oil until smooth. Season to taste.
Meanwhile, in another pan, add the broccoli spears to boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Serve with a sprinkling of toasted flaked almonds.