Canarian roast leg, recipe adapted to the home oven

Anyone who has been to the Canary Islands knows one of their most popular dishes, the oven roasted pork leg, similar to mechá meat from Andalusia but with an unmistakable flavor of spices and aromatic herbs. As this dish is normally made with a whole pork leg, today we are going to make Canarian roast leg, adapting the recipe to the home oven, and to a medium family size.

Of course, you can adapt the recipe to larger amounts, calculating between fifty minutes and an hour for each kilo of meat. We have made a piece of kilo and two hundred grams and we had it for an hour and a quarter in the oven, making it juicy and perfect.


For 6 people
  • Lean pork piece of ham 1.2 kg
  • Fresh rosemary to taste
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Black peppercorns
  • Fine herbs
  • Extra virgin olive oil

How to make canarian roasted leg

Difficulty: easy
  • Total time 1 h 30 m
  • Elaboration 15 m
  • Cooking 1 h 15 m
  • Repose 2 h

We start by making some rhombus-shaped cuts to the ham leg, in the skin area. Then, we cover the leg with coarse salt and leave it for about two hours in the fridge. After that time, remove the piece at room temperature and remove the salt.

In a mortar, crush black pepper, fresh rosemary, aromatic herbs and seasonings to our liking and make a mixture. We smear the pork leg with olive oil and paste this mixture of spices on the surface.

Bake for one hour for each kilo of meat at 200º. If we use a whole leg or a piece of 3 kg for example, it is convenient to protect with an aluminum foil after one hour of cooking so that it does not burn excessively. If you use a piece of kilo and a peak like me, it is enough with an hour and a quarter of an oven, without the need to cover.

We let the meat cool in the oven, it will take an hour or more, and then we wrap it in aluminum foil and put it in the fridge for two hours. Once cold, we cut it into very thin sheets and we have it ready to consume, both cold and hot, accompanied by the juices from the cooking.

With what to accompany the Canary roast leg

The Canarian roast leg is excellent both hot and cold and can be taken as an aperitif, as a cold cut, to make sandwiches, and of course also as a main dish, warming it with the juices of the roast and accompanying it with wrinkled potatoes or cooked rice.

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