River Cottage Australia



Try this delicious River Cottage Australia inspired pork roast with crackling.  Perfect for Sunday roast!


  • 1.5kg pork leg, deboned, scored in 1cm intervals both ways

  • 60 ml white vinegar

  • Salt & pepper

  • 2 medium onions, roughly cut into 2cm pieces

  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 5 medium carrots, roughly cut into 2cm pieces

  • 5 medium potatoes, roughly cut into 2cm pieces

  • 2 rosemary & thyme sprigs, leaves picked

  • 2 tblspn plain flour

  • 1 bunch of kale, spinach or broccoli, cleaned & ready to boil

  • Olive oil


  • 1.

    Pre-heat oven to 220c.

  • 2.

    Take deboned pork and splash white vinegar over the scored skin and then rub in an even layer of table salt. Leave it to absorb for 10 minutes.

  • 3.

    Roughly dice 1 large onion and 3 garlic cloves then place onto a baking tray lined with non-stick paper. This adds flavour and helps the pork not to stick. Place the scored pork roast on top of the onions and garlic - skin-side up - and place into the pre-heated oven.

  • 4.

    Cook for 20 minutes on 220c.

  • 5.

    While this is happening, drizzle vegetables and herbs with olive oil, season and then place into a separate baking dish.

  • 6.

    After 20 minutes, turn down the oven to 180c and cook both the pork and vegetables for a further 60 minutes. Turn over the vegetables after 30 minutes.

  • 7.

    When time has come, take the pork and vegetables out of the oven. Place onto a rimmed tray to rest and catch the juices. Test by inserting a small knife or skewer into side area of the meat not the crackling; if the juices run clear, it’s ready. Cover with a tea towel or foil and let it rest for 10 minutes.

  • 8.

    Meanwhile, make your gravy by draining oil from the baking tray and mixing together with the meat juices. Then sprinkle flour over the dish and gradually add boiling water until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper.

  • 9.

    Boil your greens in a saucepan of boiling water for 5 minutes until soft then drain.

  • To serve:

  • 1.

    Carve the pork with the crackling on top into 1cm slices and serve onto warmed plates with some the roasted veggies a few spoons of gravy and some of the boiled greens. Enjoy!

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (5 servings)

  • Energy 912kj
  • Fat Total 47g
  • Saturated Fat 14g
  • Protein 66g
  • Carbohydrate 52g
  • Sugar 7g
  • Sodium 1604mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Recipe, styling and photography by Julio Castellano.

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