Gennaro Contaldo, Citalia Brand Ambassador, loves making this Christmas porchetta stuffed with pork mince, chicken livers and mortadella dish. His Porchetta Natalizia recipe is great to make for large groups of people, can be made in advance and sliced when required. The traditional porchetta, a popular street food in the region of Rome, is seasoned with lots of herbs and cooked on a spit, sliced thickly and served as a substantial sandwich. Gennaro likes to use this porchetta recipe for special occasions like Xmas time when family comes to visit. It also makes for an alternative Christmas lunch served with some roast potatoes. It is simple to prepare, slow-roasted in the oven, first at a high temperature and then much lower to cook the pork thoroughly through.

INGREDIENTS makes (4 – 6 servings):
3 kg jacket of pork (loin and belly boned)
salt & pepper
70 ml Vin Santo
zest of 2 x lemons
2 x tablespoons EVO & extra for rubbing
1 x onion, finely chopped
175 gr pork mince
175 gr chicken liver, finely chopped
10 x sage leaves
2 x rosemary sprigs
2 x thyme sprigs
350 gr bread, soaked in lukewarm water,
15 gr pine kernels
30 gr sultanas
6 slices mortadella
4 x large carrots, sliced lengthways in half

Unroll the jacket of pork and lay it flat on a board, sprinkle with salt and pepper and rub well in. Drizzle the vin santo, sprinkle the lemon zest and massage well in. Roll, wrap in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade.
Meanwhile, heat the evo in a pan, add onion and sweat for a couple of minutes, add the pork mince and brown all over, add the chicken liver and brown all over. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Squeeze the excess water from the bread and chop finely. Add the bread to the cooled meat together with the herbs, pine kernels, sultanas and mix well together.


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  1. People who dislike this are either

    1) mentally ill and need to take meds ASAP
    2) trolls that don't have a real life
    3) vegetarian activists
    4) haters
    5) people that can't even slice a COOKED potato in half without having to visit the ER.

    I mean, seriously, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that dish. Absolutely nothing at all. It's very typical Italian with typical Italian ingredients. And not even that pricey considering that you can feed an entire street with that one, unless you have a big family like most of the Italian people. 🙂

    Ps: pork belly is actually one of the cheapest but most succulent meats of the pork that you'll ever find. It DOES need a good amount of time to absorb all the goodies that go along with it tho. Even in soup it takes about 2 hours (a slice of it and on lowest heat) to cook. At least in Europe, that is, where pork is still naturally raised in most of these countries and not filled with all sorts of BS to make them look fat and make them artificially "meaty". Yes, it is pretty high in calories, you'll sweat after eating that one, it does contain a good amount of fat, but com'on, who gives a F* about that one during the Holidays anyway, huh. 😉