La Pasqua Napoletana: Capretto o Agnello al Forno, Roast Kid or Goat

Many years ago I had the good fortune to be in Sardinia for Easter. The highpoint of Easter dinner was a roast kid with herbs that the cook set near, not over a bed of coals at about 9 in the morning. Very slowly over the next three hours she moved it closer, but not that much, to the coals, occasionally turning it; she explained that this slow-cooking would make it very tender. It certainly did.

To serve six you will need:

  • 4 1/2 pounds (2 k) leg of kid or lamb
  • 2 ounces (60 g) seasoned lard or prosciutto fat
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Several sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • About a dozen baby onions, peeled (optional)
  • 2 pounds (1 k) baby potatoes (optional, if they’re small and fine-skinned they need not be peeled)

Wash and pat dry the meat; put it in a roasting pan with the garlic clove, dot it with bits of lard and sprinkle it with oil, lay a sprig or two of rosemary on it, season with salt and pepper, and roast it in a hot oven (400-420 F or 200-210 C) until the meat is browned. This will take from 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes.

If you would like roasted vegetables, add the onions, halved, and the potatoes after the meat has roasted for 15 minutes.

More about Lamb
Other Neapolitan Easter Recipes.

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Categories: Campanian Meats, Holiday dishes, Lamb and Kid

Author:Cosa Bolle in Pentola

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