Boneless Lechon Belly Recipe for Christmas

Boneless lechon belly recipe

If it’s a Pinoy party, the lechon (whole roasted pig) is always the star or the centerpiece. But in recent years, we have seen the rise in the popularity of the boneless lechon belly. And for good reason.

boneless lechon belly recipe
Make your own boneless lechon belly at home. It’s so easy to make.

The boneless lechon belly has so many advantages.

  • It is just the right size. If you have a small family, you don’t need to order a whole pig, just the belly roll and you still get the pork lechon goodness that we love. Plus, it looks good in the middle of the table.
  • No bones. As the name suggests, it’s boneless so you get to eat everything (except the stuffing).
  • It comes in two flavors — the original and the spicy.
  • It is cheaper, too, than buying a whole lechon.
boneless lechon belly recipe
This is how my boneless lechon belly looks from behind.

Make it At Home

But do you know that it’s actually easy to make boneless lechon belly at home? Since it is not a whole pig, you can easily make it in the convenience of your own kitchen using even just your small oven. Plus, the ingredients are just simple. It’s just time consuming, though, so you got to allot four hours of cooking time before your meal. So again, easy but it takes time.

boneless lechon belly recipe
You can make boneless lechon belly at home with just a few ingredients.

Boneless Lechon Belly

Boneless lechon belly ingredients

  • 1 kilo whole pork belly
  • 1 Tbsp. rock salt
  • 1 Tbsp. anise palay (anise seeds)
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 lemongrass leaves
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Milk for brushing (I used fresh milk)
boneless lechon belly recipe
Salt, anise seeds, and black pepper.

Boneless Lechon belly procedure

  • 1. Wash the pork with water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • 2. With a sharp ice pick, punch holes on the skin. The skin can be pretty tough so you have to apply force. This will allow the skin to “pop” and give it the chicharon feels when cooked.
  • 3. Rub the rock salt on the skin and on the meat part. You may add a bit of salt than what I suggested but since we control our salt intake, 1 Tbsp is enough for 1 kilo.
Boneless lechon belly recipe
I prefer that the anise seeds and the black pepper are only inside the meaty part and not on the skin of the boneless lechon belly.
  • 4. Mix the anise palay and black pepper. Rub it  well on the inside of the pork. Roll it over and set aside. Let the pork sit for at least 30 minutes so the flavors and aroma of the spices will be absorbed.
  • 5. Heat the oven to 180°C.
  • 6. Open up the pork again and arrange the folded lemongrass leaves, onion slices, and garlic cloves on the meat part.
boneless lechon belly recipe
Stuff the lemon grass, sliced onions, and pounded garlic inside the meaty part.
  • 7. Roll the pork again and tie securely with a string. Make sure that you tie it very tightly because cooking the pork will shrink its size and make it loose in the tie. You may need an assistant to do this so that somebody is holding the pork steady while you are tying it.
  • 8. Wrap the pork in foil, close the sides, and pop the whole thing into the preheated oven. Bake for 2 whole hours.
boneless lechon belly recipe
Tie the pork securely with a string and wrap in foil. Make sure you have tightly tied it because the pork will shrink and if you tied it loosely, the boneless lechon belly will lose its shape. I hope you will do a nicer job than me in tying the pork into a roll.
  • 9. Remove the pork from the oven and brush it all around with milk. Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake for another 30-45 minutes, depending on how brown the skin is on all sides. You really have to check.
boneless lechon belly recipe
Brush the skin with milk all around. I just used fresh milk because that’s what’s available at home. This will make the skin crispy.

Rotisserie Oven

If you have a rotisserie oven, the pork will be baked evenly and you get crispy skin all around.However, with the rotisserie, you may need to increase the temperature a little and cook it longer.

In my case, i just turned the pork several times, baking about 15 minutes per side to achieve the crispy skin. I would look into the oven to see if it the skin is already popping on one side before I turn it again.

In Bacolod, you may order boneless lechon belly from Zharns Grill.

Mealtime Centerpiece

Your family will truly enjoy the boneless lechon belly. The meat becomes so tender and flavorful in the inside. And very juicy, too. But the skin is crisp as well as tastes good. Prepare this for Noche Buena or even your Sunday lunches with the whole family. Just start early so that you can eat on time, as it takes too much time to cook.

Just a tip, you may want to serve it with some Mang Tomas lechon sauce. That’s what we did and it perfectly complemented the boneless lechon belly. But even if you don’t have sauce, the meat is already flavorful and aromatic. You might also want the spicy vinegar with soy sauce and chopped garlic dipping sauce, too. Cheers! 😀

If you have questions, let me know in the comments below. Or if you did make this recipe, let me know how it turned out. 🙂

Snacks Made with PANCAKE MIX

What else can you use pancake mix for?

Upside down cake
You can make pineapple upside down cake using just pancake mix.

Pancake Mix: Our Favorite 

We love pancakes at home so I always stock up on pancake mix. My kids really like it when I make some for them, especially if I cook them for afternoon snacks. One brand that we really love is Magnolia Pancake mix because it’s delicious and smells oh-so-good.

Plus, it comes with those handy packs of syrup in different flavors — regular maple syrup, strawberry, and chocolate. But while we like cooking it per se, I also like experimenting with it because I know I won’t fail. I like to make baked goodies but don’t want to go through the whole nine yards so the pancake mix is the easiest thing for me.

So here are some of the things I have made in the past. I have done these through the years so some of the photos are old and do not look too good. Just grab the ideas and tell me which one you like. I have also made crepes with mangoes and banana but they are so tedious to make and so easy to eat that I haven’t taken photos at all. haha

Banana Loaf

We love banana cake so, naturally, we made this. Heat the oven to 180° C. Prepare the pancake mix. One small pack is enough for a regular rectangle loaf pan. Mash one or two bananas and mix in. Grease the pan and pour in the mixture. Bake until it rises and the top is a bit brown.

Banana pancake loaf
Slices of the banana pancake loaf. You may want to let it stay in the oven for 5 minutes to make it look a bit more on the brown side.

Hotdog Loaf

We absolutely love hotdog waffles but since I don’t have a waffle maker, I just did the hotdog loag.

Heat the oven to 180° C. Grease your loaf pan. Prepare the pancake and pour in the pan. You may want to cut up your hotdogs or just lay them there like I did mine. It’s really up to you. Just remember to slice the sides. Bake this until the dough rises up.

Hotdog pancake
Hotdog loaves

Cheese Loaf

This is what I prepare more often because kids love anything with cheese. Especially their pancakes. Even if I just make regular pancakes, I sometimes add cheese for more flavor.

Heat the oven to 180° C. Grease your loaf pan. Prepare the pancake mix and stir in some grated cheddar cheese. You may also want to mix in the free maple syrup to sweeten the loaf. Bake until it rises up and browns a bit on top.

cheese loaf - Magnolia pancake creations
Cheese loaf

Strawberry Cake

I just baked the regular pancake mix and drizzled the syrup on top when the dough has already risen. Then I returned the cake into the oven and let it bake for another 5 minutes. I think you can do a much better design than mine.

strawberry cake - Magnolia pancake creations
Strawberry cake

Strawberry Marble Cake

I haven’t perfected this one yet. I added strawberry yoghurt into the pancake mix and baked it at 180° C. While it was still wet, I took the pan out and drizzled the strawberry syrup on top. You may lightly mix the top part to create the marbling effect. Then I baked it some more, maybe for another 10 to 15 minutes. I don’t know how to make it firmer though or maybe it should have been sliced and eaten after it was chilled to make the cake firmer.

Strawberry marble cake - Magnolia pancake creations
Strawberry marble cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I think this was the best creation I have made. Thought it looks complicated, it’s actually pretty simple. Grease and line a 9″ x 9″ pan. Arrange the pineapple slices. Mix brown sugar in the syrup and pour it over the pineapples. Baked them in oven at 180° C until a bit brown. Prepare the pancake mix and pour it over the pineapples and bake until the cake has risen and has browned a bit on top. No worries about not baking it enough. It will just cook well.

Pineapple upside down cake - Magnolia pancake creations
Pineapple upside down cake

You might wonder why I like baking my pancake mix. Well, for me, this is so much easier than making individual pancakes and facing the stove for many minutes. I just pop my creation in the oven and wait for it to rise up. So fast! Try them, too. 😀

Recipe: Aromatic Baked Herbed Chicken

Aromatic Baked Herbed Chicken Recipe

Make this yummy chicken recipe using McCormick Ma Po To Fu Seasoning. This aromatic baked herbed chicken recipe

McCormick Ma Po To Fu on chicken
My Aromatic Baked Herbed Chicken using McCormick Ma Po To Fu seasoning.

Special Weekend

Family meals on Sundays are special in our home because the family gets together. It is when we usually have special dishes cooked, the ones that we don’t have on regular days.

One Sunday, I was in the mood to cook and instead of the usual roast chicken that our cook prepares, I decided to shake things up a bit. My husband is getting tired of the same old chicken that has crisp skin but dry meat. So this particular Sunday, I went on to experiment with our chicken and what came out was a lovely aromatic chicken that’s juicy, tender, and flavorful–even on the inside. It didn’t take much preparation because I applied the McCormick Ma Po To Fu seasoning. From its Chinese name, you will know that this seasoning is for pork, but instead I used it on chicken and the result is chicken so good.

McCormick Ma Po To Fu Seasoning
McCormick Ma Po To Fu Seasoning–available in major supermarkets.

Here’s how I did it.

Aromatic Baked Herbed Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:
1 whole dressed chicken (about 1.5 kg)
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
Crushed black pepper
Dried basil
Dried rosemary
2 eggplants, sliced
6-8 medium tomatoes
3 Tbsps. cooking oil
1 pack McCormick Ma Po To Fu seasoning

baked chicken recipe
How the chicken looked just before I popped it in the oven.

Procedure:
1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Pat dry the chicken.
3. Mix the garlic, onion, black pepper, basil, rosemary, eggplants, tomatoes, and the McCormick Ma Po To Fu seasoning. Make sure that the vegetables are covered with the seasoning.
4. Rub the chicken with the herbed oil, including the hollowed insides.
5. Stuff some eggplant slices and whole tomatoes inside the chicken.
6. Place the chicken in a round pan. Arrange the rest of the vegetables around the chicken.
7. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.
8. Baste the top of the chicken with the oils around it.
9. Increase the temperature to 200°C and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the top of the chicken is already brown.

The result is a wonderfully aromatic chicken that is so easy to slice and so tasty, with a mildly spicy taste. The liquid it produced may be used to flavor your steamed white rice and the vegetables are also very flavorful to eat.

Enjoy! 😀