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Baked pigglet

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The Baked Lechón for Christmas is a very typical preparation of Spain, where they call roast suckling pig. This delicious dish consists of a small suckling pig marinated in orange juice, cooked in the oven with butter and herbs like laurel, thyme, rosemary, flavored with a touch of garlic and onion. This soft meat is completely juicy and crispy at the same time. The most typical way to cut the piglet is with a dish.
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10 portions
  • 1 piglet, 3-4 kilos (clean, open at the bottom and without vents)
  • 1/2 kilos lard, to spread piglet
  • 3 cups orange juice, to marinate the piglet
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cups bay (laurel)
  • 1/4 cups thyme
  • 1/4 cups rosemary
  • 1/4 cups olive oil
  • 2 oranges, cut into slices, for cooking and decorating
  • 1/4 cups bee honey
  • to taste arugula, to decorate


Preheat the oven to 150 ° C.
Place the piglet on a board, with the help of a knife, make some holes between the skin and the meat, spread with the lard until you cover it completely, reserve.
Place the piglet in a more or less deep dish, cover the piglet with the orange juice, the salt of grain, insert the garlic and the onion in the holes that you previously formed with the knife, add the laurel, the rosemary, the thyme , a little olive oil and orange slices.
Bake for an hour and a half, remove from the oven, varnish with a little more olive oil, salt of grain and honey.
Raise the temperature of the oven to 200 ° C, bake the piglet for 30 more minutes or until it is golden and crispy. Serve and decorate with fresh arugula.


Serve the piglet accompanied by an apple in the mouth, vegetables and orange.


You have to cover the paws and the ears with aluminum foil so that they do not burn others, it is said that the ears are the richest of the whole dish.

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Maria Mendez
04/01/2020 14:04:22
Excelente opción.
Martha Alvarado
27/12/2019 11:38:38
Muy buena receta

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