Pata De Cerdo (Canary Island Style Pork Roast)

"Very popular in the Canary Islands, these roast pork sandwiches are sure to please! The meat is juicy, and tender. Perfect for a picnic!"
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Ready In:
3hrs 10mins




  • Using a mortar and pestle, mash garlic cloves and sea salt.
  • Once creamy, add paprika, thyme, oregano and olive oil; combine well.
  • Rub roast all over with this mixture.
  • Place uncovered in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven.
  • Bake 3 to 4 hours or until cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and allow to stand 15 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice into very thin slices.
  • Serve on crusty baguettes, lightly salted.

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  1. kimbearly
    i made this today and loved it! i love pork but tend to overcook everytime. i did the same today and the meat was dry(my fault). i had added apple juice to the roasting pan to help steam so i took the juices, shredded the meat and drizzled the meat with juices. my hubby added apple cinnamon bbq sauce to his sandwich and it was delicious.
  2. Donna
    This is a TRUE five star dish... I sliced onion really thin and put it on the sandwich and that was all I changed... canarygirl, you have provided the MOST awesum recipes!! I LOVE this... I will look foreward to making it tons of times again! Thanks so much!! Donna:)
  3. shannon carlesimo
    Excellent I made this roast in a clay roaster in the oven, with a little beer in the bottom of the pan, was very tender and not dry at all, was really great for a midweek dinner. Very quick and easy.
  4. Meredith K.
    This was very good; I'll definitely be making it again. I think next time I will use much less oil, because I don't think it really needs it, and it would be easier to rub in the spices. Doing it according to the recipe, I found it hard to taste the spices. My pork loin was only 1.7 lbs (as opposed to 3 as called for), so I only let it cook about an hour and a half; I used an instant meat thermometer to check the temp. Also, next time maybe use a rack? That might dry it out, though, so I'm not sure.... Great recipe, and it made great sandwiches and burrritos!
  5. riffraff
    Made this with a tied loin roast. Fantastic. Very impressive flavor and very juicy meat. Thank again!



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