Garam Masala Pork Belly with Apple Frisée Salad and Tamarind Gastrique
Yields 6 servings
From Chef Maneet Chauhan of Chauhan Ale and Masala House, Nashville, TN
¾ cup light brown sugar
4 tablespoons garam masala
4 tablespoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons fresh black pepper
2-pound pork belly
Apple-frisée salad (recipe follows)
Tamarind gastrique (recipe follows)
¼ cup yogurt
½ teaspoon honey
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Pinch star anise powder
1 large head frisée, cut into bite-size pieces
1 teaspoon mint, chiffonade
1 apple, such as Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or Gala, cored and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Sherry wine vinegar
1 cup tamarind juice
1½ cup low-salt chicken broth
Combine brown sugar, garam masala, salt, and pepper. Rub spice mixture liberally over pork belly and let sit at least 1 hour (for best results, leave covered in refrigerator overnight).
Place pork belly on a rack in an oven set to the lowest setting for 3–4 hours. (Note: if belly starts to caramelize place a small amount of water in the bottom of the sheet pan and cover with foil.) Cool and portion. Reheat before serving.
Serve over apple-frisée salad drizzled with tamarind gastrique.
In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt and honey. Season with salt, pepper, and star anise powder.
In a large bowl, toss frisée, mint, and apple with enough dressing to coat. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
Place sugar in a heavy saucepan set over medium-high heat. Heat until sugar begins to melt. Stir until sugar completely dissolves, then cook without stirring until deep golden in color, about 5 minutes.
Gradually add vinegar (mixture will harden). Stir until caramel melts, about 1 minute.
Add tamarind juice; boil until mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.
Add broth and boil until gastrique coats the back of a spoon and is reduced to about ½ cup, about 15 minutes.