Lechon is in season, indeed! Let the fatty season start. But always do remember that thou shall not weigh more than the refrigerator and thou shall not develop hypertension after. If you’re gonna give out this as a gift, I think it’s just polite to know if the person can eat it (I have a hypertensive grand mom who’s gone ovopescovegetarian (complicated, yes) so I guess, I need to think of another dish (of course aside from this, totes considering this) to get this season.)
So I saw this in Chef Sau’s instagram a couple of weeks ago, and thought I should include it in my list. Like, hello, perfect gift! Lechon it may be on our minds as Filipinos, but Porketta is another game all together —
Porchetta [por?ketta], also sometimes spelled porketta in English, is a savoury, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast of Italian culinary tradition. The body of the pig is gutted, deboned, arranged carefully with layers of stuffing, meat, fat, and skin, then rolled, spitted, and roasted, traditionally over wood. Porchetta is usually heavily salted in addition to being stuffed with garlic, rosemary, fennel, or otherherbs, often wild.
Thank you, Wikipedia. So it’s the Italian cousin of our beloved celebratory staple pig. If you’re cooking up pasta, and some bruschetta, and maybe some Tuscan wine to kick off the holiday buzz — et voila, an Italian holiday noche buena is in order then!
Chef Sau approves! Photo from Chef Sau’s instagram
So I still haven’t tried it – I guess the suggestion that I may give is that you save time in the kitchen and more time for the family for buying instead of trying to make one on your own. I think that it’s affordable too! It starts at PhP1,100 for a kilo and that couldn’t be bad, counting that you did not prepare it. Six hours in the oven is not a joke – the oven can be a temperamental bitch especially in special occasions. This is why we trust experts on times like this.
If you’re like me that is feeling under the weather to prepare something like this on the holidays and plans to have a quick gift for family, Call Porketta Man up 026321586 or 09178102218 or place a Facebook message for them on their page! They’ve gained so much publicity by recommendations of Chef Sau and other celebrities, so I guess it’s a good bet!
Now I am really hungry. This post was written at 6am, mind you.