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Roast suckling pig

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A suckling pig (or sucking pig) is a piglet fed on its mother's milk. In culinary, a suckling pig is slaughtered between the ages of two and six weeks. It is traditionally cooked whole, often roasted, in various cuisines. It is usually prepared for special occasions and gatherings.

Suckling pig is a popular dish in many countries. In Portugal it is called Leitão assado and it is a popular dish for special occasions. In Portugal it is baked in an oven or, traditionally in a wood stove until it becomes golden and crispy. Before ahead, the suckling pig is treated with a pasta made of mixed garlic, bay leaf, salt, peppercorns and white wine. It is served hot and it can be served with potatoes and/or other vegetables alongside.



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References

Leitão assado à Bairrada, pt.wikipedia.org

Leitão Assado no Forno, www.gastronomias.com

Leitão Assado da Bairrada, www.iserv.com.br

Leitão assado a lenha: suckling pig, popular by locals, tourists & restaurants near Praça da Figueira Lisbon, www.thelisbonconnection.com