There are so many alternative ways of serving boiled bacon. It eats well with split peas, broad beans and even just parsley sauce, but this is one of my favourite ways of serving it. It could even be used as a winter soup. The bacon can also be served with Braised Split Peas, with just
Soak the bacon in water for 24 hours before cooking. This will reduce the salt content.
Put the bacon in a large pot. Coarsely chop two of the carrots, one of the onions, the celery and leek and add to the pot with the herbs. Cover with chicken stock, bring to the simmer, skim off any impurities, cover and cook gently for about 1½ hours until cooked. Allow to rest for 30 minutes in the stock.
Cook the pearl barley in some of the cooking liquor for about 15–20 minutes until soft. Cut the remaining vegetables into
To serve, sit the warm mashed potatoes in the centre of the serving plates and spoon some of the stew around. Slice the bacon, allow
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