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Leek and Apple Stuffed Pork - £2.00 per serving

(recipe, RSPCA United Kingdom)

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Making a stuffing can allow a joint of meat to go a little bit further than normal. Use a few of the ingredients you may have left over from Christmas – nuts, apples and herbs. If you don’t have any sage, use thyme or parsley. Tip: To calculate how big your roast should be allow 100-175g raw meat per person for boneless joints. Published as part of the RSPCA’s Think Pig Christmas Recipes. The RSPCA are are encouraging everyone to ‘Think Pig’ by buying higher welfare pork. You can see more recipes and join the campaign on the RSPCA Think Pig Facebook Page in the Notes section at


  1. Boned and rolled shoulder of pork approx 1.5 kg
  2. 3 Tbsp. oil
  3. Sea salt
  4. Stuffing:
  5. 1 leek, finely chopped
  6. 1 Tbsp. oil
  7. 250 g higher welfare pork sausages, casing removed or sausagemeat, labelled Freedom Food, outdoor reared, outdoor bred, free-range or organic
  8. 1 eating apple, cored and diced
  9. 75 g chopped walnuts
  10. 8 fresh sage leaves, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4-5, 180°C, fan oven 160°C, 350°F.
  2. Take the boned and rolled shoulder joint out of the fridge while you prepare the stuffing.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and cook the leeks until soft but not coloured. Spoon onto kitchen paper and drain and cool. Mix together the sausage meat, cooled leeks, apple pieces, walnuts and sage.
  4. Cut the strings from the pork joint and open up on a board with the rind side downwards. Make a slit toward the centre of the pork to make more room for the stuffing. Spoon the stuffing onto the middle of the pork, roll up the joint and secure with string in 3-4 places.
  5. Weigh the stuffed joint and calculate the cooking time - 30 minutes per 450g/½kg plus 30 minutes (medium).
  6. Pat the rind dry with kitchen paper. Score deeply with a sharp knife and rub the rind with a little oil and a sprinkling of salt.
  7. Place on a rack in a roasting tin and roast in the oven for calculated cooking time.
  8. When cooked, allow the pork to stand for 15 minutes. Carve and serve with seasonal vegetables.
  9. Don’t forget to Think Pig: and find out more about the labels you should be looking for to help improve pig welfare.