The new hot ingredient in high-end cooking is pork belly; it’s a cut that’s a lovely combination of fat and lean. It’s the same cut that’s used for bacon, but it’s unsalted and fresh. Pork belly can be braised or slow roasted. It lends it self to rubs and Asian flavorings.

Formerlyfingers says it’s a unique textural sensation, with alternating layers of collagen-rich fat and tender meat.

You can prepare pork belly at home. Niman Ranch sells it online.

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