Know Your Sausage: Linguiça
Linguiça is the national sausage of Portugal, just as chorizo is to Spain. Still made using the same basic ingredients and ratios as it was a hundred years ago, people consume this mild pork sausage all across the Iberian Peninsula. The key ingredient is vinegar, which gives linguica a soft but unique flavor. Wine or sherry is also prevalent, along with garlic. Add these to pork butt and a few other spices (oregano, paprika, cumin, etc) and you’ve got yourself the spicy building block of portugal.
Ugly, full of cholesterol and heartburn-causing ingredients, Linguica is not your ideal comfort food. But that doesn’t stop people from making linguica sandwiches, one of the most popular forms it’s consumed in here in the United States.
Fun fact! McDonald’s sells linguica as part of their breakfast meal in Hawaii. Also on the plate: spam, eggs and rice. Do not try and order this at McDonalds in Spanish Harlem, as I did. You may be beaten with hot apple pies.
If you’d like to try some Linguica, I’d suggest ordering from http://www.gasparssausage.com/ in Massachusetts