Beans, pears and pork belly sous vide

  • Bohnen, Birnen und Speck Sous Vide
Preparation time:
13 hours
Cooking time:
13 hours
Level of difficulty:

Pork belly (sous vide):
approx. 1 kg pork belly
80 g salt
30 g sugar
1 l water
1 star anise
5 pepper corns
1 small carrot
½ stalk leek
1 small onion
1 bay leaf
1 sprig thyme

Pears (sous vide):
4 cooking pears (small, hard pears)
1/2 l dry Riesling
½ l water
500 g sugar

300 g cut green beans

In addition:
1 small shallot, diced
20 g bacon, diced
½ cooking pear, peeled and finely diced


The beans must be cooked conventionally to avoid losing color.

Pork belly (sous vide):
Heat the salt and sugar in approximately half of the water until fully dissolved. Add the rest of the water, add vegetables and spices, and allow to cool thoroughly. Marinate the pork belly in the liquid for 12 hours.

Remove from the marinade, scrape off all spices and vegetables, and pat to dry. Seal in bag and cook for 12 hours at 82 °C in the fusionchef  sous vide water bath. Remove and cool in ice water. Then place between two metal sheets and apply force. Cool.

Remove from bag. Set aside the aspic that formed and cut the belly into pieces of the desired size. Cut a diamond pattern into the skin.

Pears (sous vide):
Make a decoction from the wine, water, and sugar. Carefully peel the pears, allowing the stem to remain in place. Place pears into the decoction, seal in bag, and cook for 50-60 minutes at 82 °C in the fusionchef sous vide water bath.

Remove the bean strings and cut the beans into strips approximately 5 mm in width. Fully cook in liberally salted water together with the savory, then immediately shock in ice water. Set aside.

To start the sauce, sweat a few cubes of shallot. Dust with flour and deglaze with the pork belly aspic. Simmer for a few minutes, then keep warm.

Coat a pan with a small amount of grease, brown the skin side of the pork belly until crisp. Turn over and keep warm.

Quickly sweat the bacon in a small sauté pan. Add the shallot cubes and sweat briefly. Add the beans and the pear cubes. Allow to warm. Arrange on pre-warmed plates and serve.

This recipe was generously provided by EFFILEE from the November/December 2010 issue.