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PHOTOS: Chef Ludo’s Confit Pork Belly

Last week I made Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s Confit Pork Belly, in celebration of his new cooking show, The Taste (on ABC).

Prepping and cooking the pork was almost a three-day process, but SO worth the time and effort.

Best of all? I got to share it with Ludo, his wife Krissy and a small group of friends, who gathered at the Lefebvre’s home for the premiere. If you haven’t seen The Taste yet, you can view it online here.

Buying Pork Belly at Lindy & Grundy
I purchased the pork belly at Lindy & Grundy. Erte was kind enough to score the skin for me!

Pork Belly Brining
The first step is to make a brine and refrigerate for 24 hours. Chef Ludo’s recipe is on page 228 of his book, LudoBites.

Pork Belly Confit
Remove the pork from the brine, then confit in lard in the oven on a low temperature. The lard was also purchased from Lindy & Grundy.

Cold-pressing the pork belly
After it’s cooked low and slow, the belly must be cold-pressed in the refrigerator overnight. I used two glass casserole pans and foil-covered bricks to compress the pork.

Pork Belly almost finished
After cold-pressing the pork belly, gently cut pieces, transfer to a new pan and cook until golden brown and heated through.

Pork Belly w Glaze!
Make the Glaze
Ingredients:
1/3 cup of honey
1/3 cup of red wine vinegar
1/3 cup of reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed with 2 teaspoons water

Instructions:
Combine the honey, vinegar, soy sauce and five-spice powder in a heavy small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Whisk the cornstarch mixture, then whisk into the glaze to blend and return the glaze to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside. Cover to keep warm.

Ludo seasoning my pork belly!
I finished the pork belly at Ludo’s home and was thrilled that he (and all the guests) enjoyed it!

PorkBelly11Pork Belly w Glaze!
My Pork Belly Confit finished.

LudoBites Cookbook
The recipe is from LudoBites, available on Amazon or iTunes. I’ve cooked several recipes from the book, and have loved every bite!

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LudoBites the CookBook

“LudoBites: Recipes and Stories from the Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre” will be released October 9, 2012. I tested some of the recipes this past week (photos below) and have so enjoyed reliving dishes from his pop-up dinners around Los Angeles.

From the online book description:

The cookbook chronicles of the visionary, charismatic chef Ludo Lefebvre and his cult hit pop-up restaurant, LudoBites, worshiped by critics and foodies alike.

Ludo Lefebvre is a culinary prodigy who worked at his first three-star Michelin restaurant at age fourteen. By twenty-five he was running his own kitchen in Los Angeles—winning accolades for serving the most imaginative, forward-thinking food the city had ever seen. In 2007, he traded fine dining—with its endless pomp and bottomless resources—for the freedom to cook outside the box, even if it meant sacrificing his skilled kitchen brigade and drafting an eight-year-old to clean green beans and separate eggs. (Amazon)

Note: Ludo (and his wife Krissy) are dear friends. But that doesn’t stop me from being a HUGE fan of Ludo’s cooking or LudoBites the cookbook! I’ll continue to try out recipes and share the photos on twitter.

A few recipes I’ve tried so far:

Ludo's Vietnamese Vinaigrette (pg 261)
Vietnamese Vinaigrette (page 261). I spooned it over pan-fried tilapia and rice.

Cooking from the LudoBites Cookbook
Brocamole (page 22). Broccoli instead of avocado. We ate it with pita chips.

Cooking from the LudoBites Cookbook
Époisses (my favorite stinky cheese) Risotto w Egg Yolk (page 340). Ludo made this for dinner a few days before I had the cookbook. I’m happy to say that mine tasted just as good! We used leftovers for baked risotto balls the next day.

LudoBites CookbookLudo’s upcoming (Oct 2012) appearances

Watch Ludo on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations: Burgundy (video recap). You get to see his charming side and meet his grandma!

Ludo Bites America on the Sundance Channel (available on iTunes)

Order the book on Amazon

Follow Ludo on Twitter

My photos of Ludo

Just his food!

Cooking from LudoBites

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