Monday, 3 August 2015

Roast Spanish Suckling Pig with Basque Cider and a day in Barcelona

Good timing, serindipity, fate - call it what you will. We'd just returned from a fortnights holiday in Spain, the post holiday blues had kicked in, the pile of laundry was endless and my inbox was overflowing. But in amongst the spam and junk emails was one offering Spanish and Basque food for review. A ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy day. Basco Fine Foods import the very best traditional Spanish foods and wines for you to buy online. I pondered over Iberico Pork cheeks and Milk-fed lamb Leg but plumped for Boneless Suckling Pig washed down with Bereziartua Natural Basque Cider. 






Our fortnights holiday took us to the Costa Dorada, well placed for sunny beaches, Port Aventura theme and water parks and a day trip to Barcelona. The cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia is one of my favourite cities. We took the train into the city centre and hopped onto one of the tour buses and headed first to Montjuic home of the 1992 Olympic Stadium (cue much Freddie Mercury style singing of Barcelona) and a trip on a cablecar.




At the bottom of La Ramblas we finally managed to fulfil Foodie Loon's desire to visit the top of the Columbus Monument. This had been closed on the two previous occasions he tried. A tiny lift takes you to spectacular views from the top. For lunch we headed to La Boqueria, this amazing market is filled with wonderful sights, sounds and smells of fabulous fresh food. We grazed our way round enjoying seafood, fruit, meats and colourful pastries.  



Next stop was Gaudi's Sagrada Familia where we were very disappointed to discover that all the the slots for the day had already been booked and it would have been 8pm before we could have visited. Somewhat downhearted we had a wander around the perimeter and jumped back on the Bus Touristic to head to Park Guell. Alas no luck their either as unlike on our previous visits you now have to pay for entry to the central area of the park and once again all times slots for the day were already fully booked. Lots of disappointed and upset people at both attractions so a heads up for anyone heading to Barcelona and wishing to visit either of these to be sure to book ahead. I'm still kicking myself for not having checked beforehand.



There will no doubt be more tales to tell of our Spanish holiday in blog posts to come but for now back to the suckling pig. To my knowledge we never came across it on the menu on our travels but apparently its a speciality of the region. The piglets have only been breast feed for 21 days as a maximum which gives their meat great flavour and taste. The quantity of food eaten by this tiny animal is very small which gives the nickname of cochinillo (small suckling pig). The finished dish was indeed wonderful and the crackling was absolutely divine. Here's how I cooked my little cochinillo.



Roast Spanish Suckling Pig with Basque Cider
Serves 12
Recipe adapted from Basco Fine Foods website and reproduced with permission.

2.5 Kg Boneless Suckling Pig
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt
1 Large Bulb of Garlic
1 Carrot, roughly chopped
1 Onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 Stick of celery, roughly chopped
1 Leek, roughly chopped
1 bottle Bereziartua Natural Basque Cider or 300ml chicken stock

Pre-heat your oven to 250°C
Cut the garlic bulb in half round its diameter and lightly rub the skin of the suckling pig. Place the suckling pig in a large roasting tin (I had to cut mine in half to fit!) with the garlic and chopped vegetables.
Drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil and season with sea salt.
Roast the joint for 20 minutes at 250°C top get the skin of the piglet going.
Turn the heat down to 200°C and roast for a further 50 minutes, after 25 mins remove the garlic and add a good splash of the Cider into the roasting tin.
Increase the oven temperature to 250°C once again and roast for a final 25 to 30 minutes or until the skin is golden brown and crispy.
Remove the piglet from the oven and take it out of the roasting tin onto a serving platter.
Squeeze the roasted garlic into the vegetable mixture and scrape it all into a saucepan.
Add the remaining cider and bring to gravy to the boil and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
Pass the gravy through a fine sieve and serve it with the roast suckling pig.




For further Spanish recipe inspiration have a look at these fab recipes from fellow food bloggers. No Tapas this time but I'll be focusing on that in an upcoming post.

Paella de Carne from Farmersgirl Kitchen
Spanish Chorizo and Rabbit Stew from Natural Kitchen Adventures
Pa amb tomàquet, Potaje and Sobao Pasiego from It's Not Easy Being Greedy
Spanish Tortilla with Jersey Royals & Spring Greens from The Veg Space

Spanish Omelette - Tortilla de Patatas from Little Sunny Kitchen



Basco Fine Foods have provided two bottles of Berenziartua Basque Cider (Regular rrp £9.25 and Gourmet rrp £10.75) as a giveaway for readers of Foodie Quine. Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below. To enter, let me know in a comment "What's your favourite Spanish food or drink?" For additional bonus entries you can follow me on Twitter, Tweet about the Giveaway or like me on Facebook. Giveaway ends 17th August 2015 12:00am. Good Luck!





Disclosure - Basco Fine Foods provided pork and cider for the recipe and the prize for the giveaway. All views expressed are my own. This is not a paid post.

187 comments :

  1. What a fabulous trip you had Claire. How disappointing that you didn't get to do the things you had planned. I have heard that you have to book for just about everything in Barcelona, just means you will have to go back!!! Lovely looking piggie recipe and thanks for sharing my paella.

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  2. Lovely pictures! The market looks like it was amazing. Pity you missed out a couple of things...more to see next time! :P Pork looks delish.

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  3. lletons d'Aranda (suckling pig) from Leku (we have Spanish friends who were dying to try this on a visit back in March this year!) It was absolutely delicious

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  4. I do enjoy a splash of Sangria occasionally :)

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  5. I love sangria but recently had Prosecco sangria which was so refreshing and absolutely delicious!

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  6. I'll give you both....both classic..a lovely spanish Rioja with a gorgeous Paella...can't beat it....especially if you are sitting at Ayo's on the beach-front in Nerja.

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  7. I had a very tasty rabbit stew once in an Andalusian village. It was delicious. But also love tapas, because I'm greedy and like to try lots of things.

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  8. Sangria
    Claire D

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  9. Fabada and love churros - Joanne Beale

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  10. a proper paela with rabbit & seafood

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  11. I like pinchos - spicy meat with bread on a stick

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  12. Anything with Chorizo in it.

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  13. Lynsey Buchanan4 August 2015 at 00:07

    Chorizo

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  14. I love hierbas - a Balearic Island drink.

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  15. Dates in Bacon with a glass of sangria

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  16. Paella, though I do like a Med omelette.

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  17. I love the Spanish Tapas - so many varieties

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  18. my favourite drink is sangria, not had it in years!

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  19. Tortilla or chocolat con churros!

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  20. I like paella but only with chicken and prawns, not any other seafood for me

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  21. I like sangria.
    http://www.popoo.fr

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  22. I love paella with lots of spicy sausage

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  23. Tapas so many to have, decisions decisions

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  24. tapas so I can have EVERYTHING

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  25. My favourite Spanish food is paella

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  26. ooh tapas nom nom

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  27. My fav drinks got to be sangria. Fave food paella.

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  28. Sangria, great for Summer BBQs.

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  29. I simply love paella as rice dishes are my favourite and seafood is exquisite washed down with sangria

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  30. I love jamon. Best dry cured ham in the world

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  31. Paella is amazing, have tried and failed to re-create it since a recent Spanish Trip!

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  32. It has to be Paella although it never has the same taste when made at home x

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  33. Suckling pig with a nice Rioja

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  34. Tortilla Española. Great for breakfast.

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  35. I like a seafood paella with chirizo

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  36. I love paella and sangria, although the latter can be a little strong sometimes! hic...

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  37. Trip looks amazing! My favourite has to be sobrasada - we use it in so many things!

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  38. Chorizo, potato & cheese omelette

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  39. I adore Escabeche and Arros Negre

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  40. Anything with chorizo in, particularly paella :)

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  41. Prawns with Romesco sauce and a nice glass of Flexinet

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  42. Tapas, especially anything with prawns.

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  43. The market in Barcelona is fabulous, I always visit. My favourite food is patatas brava, and my favourite drink is cava

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  44. I like chicken and chorizo paella

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  45. When I lived in Mallorca I used to love the way they did large prawns in loads of hot garlicy oil and butter, with a bit of chilli and a sprinkling of parsley. Very simple but very tasty. Failing that - anything with chorizo is good in my books!

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  46. I love Spanish food. squid is my favourite, fried with salt and lemon and maybe a little alioli. So nice!

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  47. Paella for me
    carole n

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  48. Chicken and Chorizo Paella

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  49. Chorizo… especially in a seafood paella

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  50. I love paella. The taste of Spain!

    EJ Dunn

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  51. Sangria (Pete)

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  52. Paella for me

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  53. I always think it's a good thing to miss out on a trip, so you'll definitely have something to do when you go back! My favourite Spanish food is Paella :)

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  54. Manchego Cheese :)

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  55. Paella, especially with lots of seafood in

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  56. Vegetable tortilla

    Trevor linvell

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  57. I know a few people have said it but Sangria! Yum!

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  58. I loved trying the different Tapas from out of the way Cafe's and Bars washed down with a local beer

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  59. Paella @jaizduck

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  60. Love those old super rich Spanish red wines

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  61. Caparrones, which is a beef and sausage stew.

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  62. It'd not very exotic but it is the best when done 'properly' Paella! My friend in Spain cooks it traditionally and it is amazing!

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  63. A nice (large) glass of tempranillo wine

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  64. I love paella and really enjoy the tapas style of grazing and sharing

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  65. I love tapas but any paella will do as well

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  66. Arroz con leche, a gorgeously sweet rice pudding, served icy cold in little glass dishes and sprinkled with cinnamon x

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  67. Chorizo - love smoky paprika taste

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  68. Spanish chorizo with olives - can't beat it!

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  69. Fresh anchovies with lemon juice

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  70. sangria but i always think it tastes so much better when your on holiday

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  71. Paella - love all the flavours yum!

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  72. I love tapas, particularly pastas bravas

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  73. I love paella

    There is so much to see and do in Barcelona so a couple of trips is the best way to see it all - its a fab city - hopefully you can see the things you missed on your next visit

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  74. Uh oh missed ur giveaway but the sight of that Roast Pig is making me drool !!!!!

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