Friday Question of the Day – Favorite Family Recipe?

by Prince Of Petworth June 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm 79 Comments

Thanks to Carlos Lumpuy for sharing his awesome looking Cuban Pork Shoulder Roast Lechón Asado or Pernil Asado Recipe: Cuban Pork Shoulder Roast _ Pernil Asado Recipe (PDF)

Carlos writes:

“About five years ago I shared my recipes for Tropical Egg Nog and Chili Con Carne. It’s summer 2017 now, and I have a winner I’ve been preparing for more than 30 years, with only five ingredients prepared the night before, and slow cooked the following day.”

I thought I’d take this opportunity to ask others if they have any favorite family recipes they’d be willing to share? If you don’t have the recipe, I’d just be curious to know what’s your favorite family dish. My grandma made a mean French Onion Soup and my grandpa made a mean french toast. And we lost the french toast recipe and are still looking for the secret ingredient… What are your favorites?

If you don’t like PDFs, you can check out Carlos recipe in full after the jump.

“Prepare Marinade the day before, leave in refrigerator overnight. Begin by selecting a Pork Shoulder, Bone-in is better.

You will need one plastic Oven Bag Turkey Size to Marinade only.

For the Marinade (Mojo) you will need: Sour Seville Orange Juice, Salt, Garlic, Badia Sazón Completa

Unwrap Pork Shoulder. Rinse under running cold water in sink.

Dry with paper towels and set on cutting board.

Crush and peel all the Cloves of one whole Garlic Bulb.

With sharp pointed knife cut slits into Pork Shoulder all around

with holes just large enough to insert Garlic Cloves tight.

Measure one-half level teaspoon of Salt for each pound of Pork

and place in Oven Bag.

Measure one level teaspoon of Badia’s Sazón Completa

for each pound of Pork and place in Oven Bag.

Pour one 10-once bottle of Sour Seville Orange Juice

Naranja Agria into Oven Bag and stir.

Carefully place Pork Shoulder with stuffed Garlic in Oven Bag.

Carefully remove air from Oven Bag and tie at top.

Place on a sided pan (should it leak) and refrigerate overnight.

For purists, Sour Seville Oranges can be found at Latin bodegas

In the early morning, remove from refrigerator and leave on

kitchen counter for one hour to bring up to room temperature.

Untie. Carefully remove Pork Shoulder and place fat skin side up on Rack of Oven Broiler Pan.

Preheat oven to bake at 500 degrees.

Carefully pour Marinade into a container for Basting.

Discard Oven Bag.

Loosely cover Pork Shoulder with Aluminum Foil

as you seek to bake|roast, not to steam Pork.

Place in oven for 20 minutes. Bring down to 250 to 275 degrees.

Bake for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon,

40 minutes for each pound of Pork, about 4 to 6 hours.

Baste with Marinade every hour. Waft will take over the house.

At end of cooking, to toast fat skin on top, brush with Olive Oil

and roast without foil a few minutes. Watch careful not to burn.

Bon Appétit | Buen Provecho

Cuban Pork Shoulder Roast | Lechón Asado


The sour Seville Orange Juice is indispensable to this recipe.

Also, the Pork is inedible without the Salt.

Badia’s Sazón Completa is a short cut of not having to find

Oregano, Cumin, Onion Powder, Cilantro, Lime Zest and Ground Pepper separately.

Although Cuban, the Marinade and culinary technique are of

Spaniard Canary Island origin dating to the 1700s’.

This savory roast may be the best Pork dish you will ever have.

Go full Cuban and serve with Black Beans, Rice or Yucca,

Plantains, and a Flan dessert with Cuban Coffee.

Life is good.”


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