Salted Pork with Potatoes
(Petit SalÚ aux Pommes de Terre)
SERVES 6 – 8
As a tradition this dish is served with the beaujolais nouveau each year at └ la Cloche des Halles.
5 lbs. salted pork shoulder and loin ribs,
10 medium yellow onions, peeled
2 carrots, peeled
1 branch thyme
2 bay leaves
5 lbs. small white potatoes, peeled
8–10 tbsp. vegetable oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Soak pork in a pot of cold water, changing water every hour for 4 hours. Drain, then cover pork again with cold water. Stud 2 of the onions with a clove each and add to pot, along with carrots, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until meat is tender, 2–3 hours.
2. About 1 1/2 hours before pork is finished, preheat oven to 375░. Thinly slice remaining 8 onions. Toss onions and potatoes with oil in a large baking dish. Season generously with salt and pepper, then roast, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and potatoes are browned, about 1 1/2 hours. When pork is cooked, transfer to the baking dish and ladle some of the broth over meat and vegetables.