Serves 8-10

1/2 Suckling Lamb approximately 9-11 lbs.
6 oz. lard

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat the lard until it melts. If you prefer, use a small bowl and heat in microwave oven. Heat oven to 400F°.
  2. Rinse the lamb and pat dry. Trim off excess fat and discard.
  3. Place lamb in roasting pan or other oven proof dish. (Traditionally, the Spanish use large, open clay dishes.) Rub the lamb with salt and baste with the melted lard. Place in oven to roast. Occasionally baste with lard and turn until lamb is golden brown on the outside and meat is tender.
  4. Roast potatoes are a great accompaniment to this dish. To roast potatoes, peel 8-10 small potatoes and cut in half. Place in the roasting pan around the lamb. Baste with lard when you baste the lamb.
  5. The amount of time that the lamb spends in the oven will depend on how thick the piece(s) of meat are. A good rule of thumb for a bone-in leg of lamb at 400F° is to allow about 30 minutes roasting time per pound of lamb.

Pairs well with wines from D.O. Ribera del Duero