Thee Wee Pigs

Thee Wee Pigs

I’ve been under a rock for a while, so I had to come back to the blog with a cracker – sort of like Kasabian’s recent album… Tasty!

Pork on Pork on Pork. 

Pork on Pork on Pork

Not a bad combo! I’ve my youngest brother to thank for putting these flavours together… this wee recipe stuffs Hannan Meats’ pork fillet with SculleryMade Black Lava and wraps it all up with Hannan’s Guanciale for a spiced, crispy, juicy triple-pork dish that’s easy to prepare and takes less than an hour to roast!

Our SculleryMade Black Lava is a chilli black pudding so it has a kick of heat to it. It’s also got coffee, cocoa and smoked paprika in the recipe so it adds a smokey, roasted element to the dish. If you can’t get your hands on our puds, you could use another black pudding and add a teaspoon each of cocoa powder, fresh coffee grounds, smoked paprika and a freshly chopped bird’s eye chilli, well-mixed together to stuff the fillet.

While cooking, the meat releases a mixture of spiced, salty, chilli juices which can be added to a Bramley apple juice reduction for a spicy, tart sauce to serve with the pork. We’ll have new season potatoes on our plates now and using this potato, pea and pudding recipe you could whip up a tasty side-dish to serve alongside these thee wee pigs! Enjoy!

Porky Pork

Thee Wee Pigs


300g Hannan’s Pork Fillet

120g SculleryMade Black Lava

100g Moyallon Guanciale

1 Shallot, chopped

1 Tablespoon Panko Breadcrumbs



Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes


Using a sharp knife, remove any silver skin from the fillet (this doesn’t dissolve when the tenderloin is cooked, so it needs to be trimmed away)

Slice the fillet long ways from end to end to form a pocket.

Mix the pudding, shallot and breadcrumbs well until the pudding softens and the ingredients are evenly mixed using it to stuff and fill the pocket in the fillet.

On a large piece of tinfoil, create a diagonal shaped lattice of guanciale.

Place the stuffed fillet along one edge of the lattice and using the tin foil to roll the fillet, cover the opening of the pocket with the lattice .


Fold the tinfoil around the meat to seal into a tight parcel and cook at 180°C for 40 minutes.

Fold back the tinfoil to uncover the guanciale and cook at 180°C for a further 10 minutes to crisp the guanciale.

Serve in your favourite company with a glass of Mac’s Armagh Cider (Dry)! 

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Potsticker Pork Dumplings

Potsticker Pork Dumplings

Potsticker pork dumplings are moreish mouthfuls, filled with spices, chilli and juicy pork that make a great dish to share. Whether they’re steamed, fried in butter or served up with in a warm broth, these will satisfy the hungriest of bellies!


I lived in Melbourne for a couple of years, a city with a rich culture of Asian food. In the heart of Melbourne’s China Town, they have multi-story restaurants serving up tables covered in plates, stacked high with dumplings with all kinds of fillings. It’s a tradition in Melbourne to have a mid-week beer & dumpling night with friends and now that I’m back home in Northern Ireland I love making these dumplings at home and share them with friends over a couple of beers.

To get a really juicy dumpling, it’s important to use good quality minced pork otherwise it will be too dry and our own pork from Northern Ireland is of the highest quality. Check with your butcher or on the label at a supermarket that the origin of the pork is Northern Irish Assured Origin Pork. I get all of my pork from Owen McMahon’s Butcher Shop on the Antrim Road; he supplies the pork that I use in my black pudding and he’s supplying 100% NI assured origin pork. I know Corries Butchers also only supply 100% NI assured origin pork and they have outlets across the greater Belfast area. It’s safe to say McMahon’s and Corries guarantee high quality meat, supplying only Northern Irish pork, and importantly they also guarantee a local supply chain which keeps local farms in business and keeps our local economy rolling and that’s important to me too!

The cut of pork is also important for a juicy dumpling; I don’t use lean pork mince, it’s not juicy enough! Owen’s butchers minced up a pork shoulder for me and that has a nice blend of meat & fat for a mouth-watering dumpling!

I’ve included a recipe for the dumpling dough below; but if you’re stuck for time you can also find packs of pre-rolled dumpling casings in Asian supermarkets in the freezer section. Be creative with your potsticker fillings, the recipe I’m sharing below suits me because I don’t like my food to pack too much heat and if I’m picking a beer to wash them down with, I’d drink Barney’s Brew from Hilden which is a Belfast Bap Wheat Beer with a hint of coriander & black pepper. Enjoy!! And as always, these recipes taste best when eaten with good company!

Potsticker Pork Dumplings


Serves#: 6



For The Dough:

170g Plain Flour

140mL Hot Water


For The Filling:

350g Northern Irish Pork, Minced

1 Egg Yolk

1 Tsp Freshly Grated Ginger

1 Birdseye Chilli, Finely Chopped

Freshly Grated Zest of 1 Lemon

2 Scallions, Finely Chopped

1 Handful of Fresh Coriander, Coarsely Chopped

1 Clove Fresh Garlic, Crushed/Pressed

1 Tsp Caster Sugar

1 Pinch Of Salt To Season



Preparation time: 50 minutes

Cooking time: 6-12 minutes 

To prepare the dough, gradually add the hot water to the flour while continually mixing until a dough ball forms (you may not need all of the water).

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth (around 8-10 mins) then seal the dough with cling film and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Roll the dough on a floured surface to 1cm thick then cut circles of the dough using a very small pastry cutter with a 35mm diameter.

Once cut, dust the circles again with flour and roll the dough again to form a very flat pancake around 9cm diameter.

Arrange the dumpling pancakes on a large board ready to fill.

Mix the filling ingredients in a large bowl and pinch off cherry-sized portions of the filling to place off-center on the dough.


Wet the edges of the dough and fold over the pastry bringing the edges together, pushing any air bubbles out.

Pinch the dough around the edges to seal the dumpling and steam the dumplings over a boiling pot of water for 6 minutes to cook.


Serve the dumplings on their own with soy sauce, or in a hearty bowl of broth, or fry the dumplings in butter before serving to crisp up the dough! Enjoy!


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