© David Loftus
chargrilled pork leg with asparagus
This is a really good way to turn a cheap cut of meat into something special. In this recipe, we're going to get nice thin escalopes of pork from the leg, flavour them and prepare them so they cook quickly. You could also use chicken or even veal in the same way, if you fancy.
Rub the goat's cheese with a little olive oil and cook on a hot griddle on both sides until nicely coloured. Remove and put to one side. Bash up the garlic and lemon thyme in a pestle and mortar (or use a metal bowl and the end of a rolling pin). Add a couple of splashes of olive oil, stir, and rub the mixture all over the pork escalopes. Season the pork then put the escalopes, one by one, between 2 large pieces of cling film and hit them with something heavy and flat until they're about 0.5cm thick. This will make them really tender. Do this to all 4 escalopes.
Check that your griddle pan is hot, and chargrill your asparagus, then your courgettes, on both sides. Mark them nicely to give a bit of flavour and character to them. Put them into a salad bowl with the vinegar, 8 tablespoons of olive oil and half the fresh mint. Using the griddle pan again, chargrill your pork escalopes on both sides until nicely marked – about 4 minutes. Tear each escalope in half and scatter these into the salad bowl with the rest of the mint (for a lovely fresh burst of flavour) and the crumbled goat's cheese. Toss well, then place the bowl in the middle of the table and let everyone tuck in.
• from Jamie's Kitchen
• 150g hard goat's cheese
• 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus a little extra
• 1 clove of garlic
• 1 small bunch of fresh lemon thyme, leaves picked
• 4 x 225g pork escalopes, about 1cm thick
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
500g asparagus, finely sliced lengthways
• 250g green and yellow courgettes, finely sliced lengthways
• 4 tablespoons cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
• 1 bunch of fresh mint, leaves picked