What an incredibly easy, inexpensive, and delicious cut of pork for a dinner party or buffet! A roast leg of pork eaten cold the next day, in sandwiches with mango chutney, makes cold roast turkey (even with stuffing in the sandwiches) pale in comparison. And the pork makes great hash.
As always with pork, the secret here is brining, which can be a bit of a problem in most refrigerators with a big leg, so buy one that is
I love the flavor of fresh turmeric (Curcuma longa), and use it here to flavor and color the sweet pears. If you use the powdered turmeric, then as with all spices, ground or whole, use only the freshest.
Brine the leg for 24 hours refrigerated (or iced).
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Wipe the leg dry, and score the skin just down to the fat layer, in a
Put the pork in a pan and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees and cook about 20 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature is 140. Fifteen minutes before the baking is finished, turn the oven back up to 425 degrees, crisping the skin to make “cracklings.” Remove the pork and let it rest on a platter on the door of the turned-off oven for 30 minutes.
Boil the peas in
Slice the pork leg, and serve it with the peas and pear halves, spooning any pear juices over the pork.
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