Slow-roasted shredded pork with thyme, Taleggio & lemon-dressed rocket pizza dressing

shredded pork pizza with thyme, taleggio and rocket

Makes enough for 1 pizza

  • For the pork

  • 1 kg higher-welfare pork shoulder

  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • For each pizza topping

  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce

  • 50 g Taleggio sauce

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 small handful rocket

  • juice of ½ lemon

When it comes to the meat, 1kg/2lb 3oz of pork shoulder should give you enough pork to top about 10 pizzas. Although the rest of the ingredients are for one topping, there is no point in cooking less pork than this – you can use any leftovers in sandwiches. This is also a great way to use up leftovers from a roast pork joint.



Preheat your oven to 170ºC/325ºF/gas 3. Score the pork shoulder. Bash the fennel seeds and rub them over the pork, then season and rub with olive oil. Roast in the preheated oven for at least 4 hours, until the meat is tender and shreds easily. When cool, shred up using a fork or your hands. Dress the meat with a little of the cooking juices – it will have almost the texture of a confit of duck.



Smear the tomato sauce thinly over the pizza base and scatter over a small handful of your roasted pork and some small pieces of Taleggio. Sprinkle with the thyme leaves, drizzle with olive oil and cook until crisp and golden. Dress the rocket with a tiny bit of lemon juice, scatter over the pizza and serve.

Nutritional Information

Slow-roasted shredded pork with thyme, Taleggio & lemon-dressed rocket pizza dressing

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Method

Recipe for pizza dough and tomato sauce can be found here.

When it comes to the meat, 1kg/2lb 3oz of pork shoulder should give you enough pork to top about 10 pizzas. Although the rest of the ingredients are for one topping, there is no point in cooking less pork than this – you can use any leftovers in sandwiches. This is also a great way to use up leftovers from a roast pork joint.

Preheat your oven to 170ºC/325ºF/gas 3. Score the pork shoulder. Bash the fennel seeds and rub them over the pork, then season and rub with olive oil. Roast in the preheated oven for at least 4 hours, until the meat is tender and shreds easily. When cool, shred up using a fork or your hands. Dress the meat with a little of the cooking juices – it will have almost the texture of a confit of duck.

Smear the tomato sauce thinly over the pizza base and scatter over a small handful of your roasted pork and some small pieces of Taleggio. Sprinkle with the thyme leaves, drizzle with olive oil and cook until crisp and golden. Dress the rocket with a tiny bit of lemon juice, scatter over the pizza and serve.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 472
    24%
  • Carbs 3.5g
    1%
  • Sugar 2.3g 3%
  • Fat 35.9g 51%
  • Saturates 15.5g 78%
  • Protein 32.9g 73%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • For the pork

  • 1 kg higher-welfare pork shoulder

  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • For each pizza topping

  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce

  • 50 g Taleggio sauce

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 small handful rocket

  • juice of ½ lemon