© David Loftus
posh roast pork party kebabs
These are my dressed-up, posh version of good old kebabs. It’s one of my favourite ways to feed a troop of people without too much hassle. Personally, I like the pork to be piping hot so I’ll put it in the oven just before my guests are due to arrive but, if you’re going to be pushed for time, then by all means roast it in advance.
Preheat your oven to full whack. Lay your pork loin out in front of you, pat the skin dry with kitchen paper, then use a sharp knife, or a Stanley knife, to score the skin about 1cm deep at roughly 1cm intervals. If you’ve got a good relationship with your butcher, you can ask him to do this for you.
Bash your rosemary leaves, fennel seeds, garlic and a tablespoon of sea salt in a pestle and mortar. Keep bashing until the mixture is nice and fine then rub it all over the pork - making sure you get it into the incisions. Place the pork on a roasting tray, scatter with the whole rosemary sprigs then put into your hot oven. Immediately turn the temperature down to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and roast the pork for 1 hour 20 minutes or until crisp, golden and cooked through. If the crackling isn’t as crisp as you would like it, remove the skin from the pork and place under a hot grill for 5 to 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, get your salad together. Wash and spin-dry all of your leaves then put them in the fridge until you are ready to go. Next, make the yogurt dressing. Roughly chop the parsley leaves then add to a bowl with the chillies and yoghurt. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a nice big pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well then set aside.
Just before you want to serve your kebabs, pop your pitta breads in the oven for a few minutes or warm them in a griddle pan. Serve the pork on a board with a big carving knife, salad leaves, a pile of warm pittas and bowls of chilli yogurt. Let everyone carve their own pork and help themselves to a beautiful kebab.
serves: 8 to 10
• 2kg piece boneless rolled pork loin or 2 x 1kg pork loin joints, the best quality you can afford, at room temperature
• a small bunch of fresh rosemary, leaves picked, plus a few more small sprigs
• 3 heaped tablespoons fennel seeds
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely sliced
• 8 handfuls mixed salad leaves (such as baby chard, rocket, watercress and red or white chicory)
• a small bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
• 2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
• 2 fresh green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
• 1 x 500ml tub natural yoghurt
• 1 lemon
• extra virgin olive oil
• 10 pitta breads