Pork Crackling Reindeer Christmas Decoration
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How to make Perfect Pork Crackling Christmas Decorations

Simply cut the pork rind into fun festive shapes before cooking!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Any, Snack
Cuisine: British, Snacks
Keyword: at home, Christmas, Christmas Decorations, oven, pork crackling
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 625kcal
Cost: 72p

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1.60 kg Pork Rind for Crackling Raw
  • 200 ml Sunflower Oil (or other oil/fat)
  • 5 g Salt The finer the better (you'll need less)
  • 5 g Black Pepper

Instructions

Frozen Raw Pork Preparation

  • We had this in the freezer, ready for emergencies.
    Frozen Raw Pork Rind
  • The tattoo is a reminder that this was once a pig.
    Frozen Raw Pork Rind

The Pan

  • We are using a large enamel pan today.
    A Roasting Pan
  • Add quite a lot of oil this time. We want to almost cover the rind. This will help with even cooking because we don't want too many curly bits.
    Pouring Sunflower oil into a pan
  • We now often season the oil with salt and ground black pepper. This creates a good base for any additional flavourings.
    Pan, Salt, Pepper, Oil

Microwave the Pork Rind

  • Defrost the pork rind first. Do it a few times, whilst turning the rind so that it thaws evenly.
    Raw pork crackling
  • Once defrosted, cook on full power. Only for 30 seconds at a time. Keep moving it for even cooking.
    Raw pork crackling partially cooked

The Cutting Tools

  • Scissors will be fine for this task. No need for the big guns (Stanley Knife) because the rind is nice and soft.
    Tools needed
  • This might seem like an odd implement for the kitchen, but we need to make some small holes for the Christmas ribbon!
    Leather belt hole punch
  • We like to cut ut the tattoo bit and cook as a whole piece.
    Raw pork crackling ready to cut up

Cutting the Pork Rind

  • No need to show the process. Just cut it up into the shapes you expect to find at Christmas. A Snowman, A Christmas Tree, A Star and a Reindeer.
    Raw pork crackling Christmas decorations ready to cook
  • We had a lot of little bits left over after cutting out our festive shapes. So we cut these into randomly sized small pieces.
    Raw pork crackling Christmas decorations ready to cook

Cooking in the Oven (Pre-heat to 200 degrees centigrade)

  • Add the rind to the dish. Use a wooden spatula to move the pieces around and coat them with oil as evenly as you can.
    Raw pork crackling Christmas decorations in a pan
  • We find that if you open the oven often, the moisture comes out of the oven in a big hot steamy cloud. Don't stand too close.
    Pork crackling Christmas decorations in a pan
  • Stir the pieces each time you open the oven for more even cooking
    Pork crackling in a pan
  • As time goes by, you will see the pieces change colour and start to bubble up.
    Pork crackling Christmas decorations in a pan
  • Pork crackling Christmas decorations in a pan
  • There's the little tattooed piece!
    Pork crackling Christmas decorations in a pan

Nearly Done

  • They are about done now.
    Pork crackling Christmas decorations in a pan
  • No need to try a piece, it will be chewy.
    Pork crackling Christmas snowman decoration in a pan
  • Don't try to cook them too much, you will burn them.
    Pork crackling Christmas reindeer decoration in a pan
  • Pork crackling Christmas tree decoration in a pan
  • Pork crackling Christmas tree & star decoration in a pan

Post Cooking

  • Once cooked, get them out of the roasting dish. Put them on to some kitchen paper to absorb the oil.
    Pork crackling Christmas decorations
  • Some bits are more bubbly than others. Don't worry, if you have done it right, it will all be crunchy when cool.
    Pork crackling Christmas decorations
  • I used a thin pointy knife to open up the holes.
    Pork crackling Christmas snowman decoration
  • The holes could have been a little bigger.
    Pork crackling Christmas tree decoration
  • A triumph.
    Pork crackling Christmas reindeer decoration

Add some Ribbon

  • I only had pink available, it will have to do for now.
    Pork crackling Christmas decorations ready to hang

Hang on the Christmas Tree

  • A Star.
    Pork crackling Christmas star decoration on a Christmas tree
  • A Christmas Tree
    Pork crackling Christmas tree decoration on a Christmas tree
  • A Reindeer.
    Pork crackling Christmas reindeer decoration on a Christmas tree
  • A Snowman.
    Pork crackling Christmas snowman decoration on a Christmas tree
  • Totally Ridiculous!
    Pork crackling Christmas decorations on a Christmas tree