Jun 26, 2009
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Roasted Lechon with Buttered Saffron Rice with Asparagus

By: Gino Gonzalez of CACS

Roasted Lechon with Buttered Saffron Rice with Asparagus

Knowing how to prepare this party staple will be useful for any special celebration. During the holiday season, order lechon de leche early from your suki in the wet market.

Serves 8 to 10 
Prep Time 12 minutes  
Roasting Time 60 to 75 minutes


8 kilos whole lechon de leche

For the rub
2 teaspoons sage
1 tablespoon oregano
cracked black pepper
1 1/4 cups olive oil
onions, leeks, and lemongrass for stuffing

For the Buttered Saffron Rice with Asparagus
3 cups uncooked rice
1/2 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon saffron,
      grind in salt and sugar
6 cups chicken stock
salt and pepper
buttered asparagus


(See demonstration of these procedures in the gallery below)

1  Sauté rice in butter. Add saffron.

Pour in chicken stock, and season with salt and pepper.

3  Cook rice. Serve hot with buttered asparagus.

Bend both legs of the piglet and secure with a kitchen twine to keep both legs up.

5  In a bowl, mix sage, oregano and black pepper. Rub mixture all over the meat.

6  Pour olive oil on the piglet and massage all over.

Stuff the cavity with onions, leeks, and lemongrass.

8  Brush a large piece of foil with olive oil then use this to cover the lechon. Roast in the oven until done, about 1 hour or so.

Photography by David Hanson │ Food Styling by Gino Gonzalez │ Prop Styling by Sharlene Tan


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  • Adora's Box Dec 21 2010 @ 03:28am Report Abuse
    The suckling pig is roasted to perfection! The skin looks so crisp and yet it was cooked for just an hour. The saffron rice looks delicious.
  • Pinoy Chefs Dec 06 2010 @ 02:17pm Report Abuse
    i love yummy magazine! please support this mag, lets subscribe! =)
  • Pinoy Chefs Dec 06 2010 @ 02:16pm Report Abuse
    sorry for the miss spells, i didnt double check, check my profile, =) hope we can also find where to get that big lechon platter right? =)
  • Pinoy Chefs Dec 06 2010 @ 02:12pm Report Abuse
    wow! that's a grat idea! to put the lechon above the rice, the rice would absorb taste, thus making whole food party taste conssistently lechon, however, i suggest we also put chicharon for the oil/grease to be a absorbed thus hindi masabaw sa langis ang rice. =)
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