If you’re not sure what to eat in Aranda de Duero, you have to try the most representative dish, Lechazo asado (grilled lamb), which is made in a traditional firewood oven with I.G.P. The meat of the lechazo—or cordero lechal (literally “lamb in the style of lamb”, since it’s served simply with milk)—is particularly tender and juicy, and can also be found in various dishes such as vegetable pie with lamb’s foot, lamb croquettes, and lamb sweetbread. During the month of June, the famous Jornadas del Lechazo Asado, or Grilled Lamb Festival, takes place in various asadores in Aranda de Duero, for which it’s recommended that you reserve a table beforehand. This is all accompanied, of course, with Ribera del Duero wine with D.O., and diners have the option of visiting underground wine cellars in the area. Another typical local product is oil cake, which is elaborate, round bread in the traditional style. Recognized as Marca de Garantía or lechuga de Medina, oil cake is unusual because of its high iron content, as well as its relaxing and diuretic effects.
If you like tapas, remember that the the Hotel Association of Aranda de Duero and Duero Bank organize the Local Tapas Contest that lasts ten days in the month of March. It’s a great occasion to visit the area and eat in Aranda de Duero! A wide variety of desserts is offered to complete the delicious menu, such as puff pastry filled with cream and Castilian goat cheese with quince.