Spanish Recipes

Spanish Roast Lamb. (cordero asado) 

Spanish Roast Lamb, this is a fantastic recipe, any time of year but is a favourite to be served during a family Christmas get together.


1.2 kg lamb shoulder with bone

8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

2 tbsp lard, melted

125 ml dry white wine

Patatas fritas, to serve

8 Potatoes

1/2 cup of olive oil

4 garlic clove finely chopped immersed olive oil

1 tsp of salt

3 tbsp of freshly chopped parsley

Cordero Asado Spanish Roast Lamb


Resting time 20 minutes

Using a mortar and pestle, grind the garlic, 1 tbsp salt and parsley to form a paste. Pour lard over lamb, then coat lamb i the garlic paste.

Preheat oven to 160°C.

Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add lamb and cook, turning, for 5 minutes or until lightly browned all over. Transfer to a roasting pan and pour white wine into base.

Roast for 2½ hours, then cover with foil and cook for another hour until meltingly tender.

Allow to rest, loosely covered with foil, for 20 minutes before carving. Serve with patatas fritas, or as a traditional Sunday Lunch with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Patatas Fritas - Spanish Fried potatoes

Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes.

Blanch potatoes in boiling water about 5 minutes, then drain.

Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high and fry potatoes turning for about 10 minutes until crisp and golden brown.

Remove the potatoes using a slotted spoon.

Spoon 2 tbsp of the garlic and garlic oil over potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. sprinkle with the fresh parsley and serve immediately.

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