Roast pork with potatoes and apple relish

Roast pork with potatoes and apple relish

Scandinavian Comfort Food
Columbus Leth

I think of roast pork as a real treat. It’s very important to buy good-quality meat from a pig that has moved around freely and has had a good life and, as that will cost you money, it is for special occasions only. I cook this for small dinner parties, and I love it when people are surprised at how wonderful it tastes. Ask your butcher to score the skin in a harlequin pattern.


Quantity Ingredient
1 lemon
1 whole head garlic
10 thyme sprigs
3kg pork sirloin, bone in and skin scored
10 cloves
4 bay leaves
400ml water
flaky sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the vegetables

Quantity Ingredient
1kg medium potatoes, unpeeled
3 onions, unpeeled
4 tablespoons lovage leaves
4 tablespoons parsley leaves

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
Danish “burger”, For the apple relish
Mormor’s birthday dinner of roast chicken, sweet and sour cucumber and separated gravy, sweet and sour cucumber
Brussels sprouts, chilli and oranges


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Slice the lemon and cut the garlic in half. Mix the lemon, garlic and thyme together and place in a roasting tin. Rub the pork with salt and pepper and place on top. Push the cloves and bay leaves into the scored skin incisions and pour half the water into the tin. Roast for 45 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, wash the potatoes and onion. Halve the potatoes and onion, leaving the skin on. Take the roasting tin out of the oven and place the potatoes and onions around the pork, mixing the fat that has run off the pork into the vegetables. Pour in the remaining water and roast for a further 45–50 minutes. Check the internal temperature. I always use a thermometer, which should read around 62°C at the thickest point of the roast; continue roasting if it has not reached that temperature. Leave to rest out of the oven for about 15 minutes before carving, keeping the vegetables warm.
  4. Arrange the pork in slices on one big platter, with bones on the side, the crackling on top and the potatoes and onions alongside. Serve with the Apple Relish, Sweet and Sour Cucumber and Brussels Sprouts, Chilli and Oranges. Velbekomme!
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