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(Apic. 8, 1, 1) Ingredients:

  • Boar meat
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Groun pepper
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Liquamen (or salt to taste)
  • 200 ml caroenum (reduce 500 ml wine to 200 ml)
  • 100 ml passum (or dessert wine)

Remove the bristles and skin of the boar, then scatter over it plenty of sea salt, crushed pepper and coarsely ground roasted cumin. Leave it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, turning it occasionally. Wild boar can be dry, so wrap it in slices of bacon before you roast it. Then put it into the oven at its highest setting and allow it to brown for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C, and continue to roast for 2 hours per kg, basting regularly. Meanwhile prepare the sauce. To make caroenum, reduce 500ml wine to 200ml. Add honey, passum and Liquamen. Take the meat out of the oven and leave it to rest while you finish the sauce. Pour off the fat from the roasting tin, deglaze it with the wine and the honey mixture. Pour this into a saucepan, add the roasting juices, and fat to taste. Carve the boar into thin slices at the table, and serve the sweet sauce separately.

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