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Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best. Have you also found this to be true?
On my first stint with GAPS Intro, we started buying meat from a local farm. We ended up with a pork roast and needed to find something to do with it.
Enter an amazing Porketta recipe. When we found it in one of our cookbooks, we were excited to see that it was almost 100% GAPS-friendly! It also called for a roast about the size that we had. Perfect!
We couldn’t put it on rolls, but that wasn’t going to stop us. It sounded too good.
The recipe below is our adaption to bring it 100% in line with the GAPS principles. it is not AIP, but if you have successfully reintroduced seed spices, you are good to go. It is nightshade-free, paleo friendly, and safe for stage 5 of GAPS Intro.
Is fennel still in season where you live? If so, grab a bulb and a pasture-raised pork roast and get to work!
This dish requires a bit of planning. The meat must sit for at least 6 hours, ideally longer, and it takes 3-4 hours to cook. But don’t let that keep you away! Although it has a lot of steps, it is relatively simple and definitely worth the wait.
The original recipe calls for the meat to be wrapped in plastic wrap, and this will give the best results. But I prefer not to have plastic in contact with my food for so long. A good alternative is to wrap the meat in butcher paper and aluminum foil.
GAPS Porketta Recipe
Serving Suggestions: Serve the shredded meat and fennel alongside of vegetables. Potatoes (if tolerated – note that potatoes are nightshades and not GAPS-friendly) or potato substitutes made a great side for this dish. If you have a favorite bread recipe (like this LEGIT bread from Predominately Paleo, if you tolerate starch), porketta makes a delicious sandwich.
Reserve the fennel fronds to make salad or pesto. They are an edible green! The leftover meat drippings can be used in soups, for other meat dishes, etc. It is delicious!
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