Maple smoked bacon, roast apples, leeks and wholegrain mustard

Maple smoked bacon, roasted apples, leeks and wholegrain mustard. Photograph: Harry Weir

Maple smoked bacon, roasted apples, leeks and wholegrain mustard. Photograph: Harry Weir

Sat, Oct 3, 2020, 05:55

   
  • Serves: 4
  • Cooking Time: 120 mins
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Irish

Ingredients

  • 1kg piece of smoked bacon
  • 2 medium leeks
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 12 cooked and peeled new potatoes
  • 2tbs rapeseed or sunflower oil
  • 2tbs melted butter
  • 2tbs maple flavoured golden syrup, or maple syrup
  • 250ml cider or water
  • 1tbs wholegrain mustard

Method

1 Set your oven to 185 degrees.

2 Put the bacon into a saucepan of cold water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 50 minutes or so, until tender.

3 Meanwhile cut the leeks at an angle, 2cm thick, then wash them thoroughly.

4 Remove the core and cut the apples into six.

5 Place the leeks, potatoes and apples on a roasting tray, then coat in the rapeseed oil and melted butter.

6 Place the bacon in the centre of the veg, fat-side up.

7 Drizzle the syrup over the bacon then put in the oven for 20 minutes, turning once or twice so everything gets nicely golden.

8 Remove the bacon to rest, leaving the vegetables. Add the cider and mustard to the tray. Place on the hob and bring to a simmer for one minute to make a lovely syrupy glaze. 

9 Slice the bacon and serve.