Archive for the Sandwiches Category

Know Your Sausage: Linguiça

Posted in Linguiça, Sandwiches with tags , on October 8, 2008 by chomposaurus


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

McDonald’s Southern Fried Chicken Rip-off

Posted in Chicken, Fast Food, Sandwiches with tags , , , on July 11, 2008 by chomposaurus


It’s just not as good as the original Chick-fil-a masterpiece, several sites report unsurprisingly, although it seems McDonald’s did a decent job copying it.

But where does Bojangles’ fit into all of this?

The $100 Cheesesteak

Posted in Sandwiches with tags , on May 15, 2008 by chomposaurus

This monstrosity of luxury beefing has been available at Philly restaurant Barclay Prime for a few years now, full of Kobe beef, truffles and the best cheese money can buy. It even comes with a small bottle of champagne. What’s most striking, though, is how well it’s selling: five or six sandwiches per night, meaning this place is grossing $250,000 per year on luxury cheesesteaks.

Now if someone would put together the $100 version of Arby’s Big Montana, they would be very rich, because they would soon have all of my money.

Best Meaty Blogs in Town

Posted in Beef, Burgers, Chicken, Fake Meat, Fast Food, Fowl, Hot Dogs, MEAT POLITICS, Pork, Sandwiches, Sausage, Seafood with tags , on May 8, 2008 by chomposaurus

Click here for our new page dedicated to keeping track of new meat blogs. Whether they be regional reviews or reports focused on a specific type of meat, you can find the best carnivorous reporting here at Chomposaurus. E-mail us at the address on the sidebar if you have a blog you’d like to suggest.

Porto’s Magic Slab

Posted in Beef, Pork, Sandwiches, Sausage with tags , , , on April 1, 2008 by chomposaurus

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The francesinha, or little French thing, is supposedly a signature dish of Porto, a city in northern Portugal famous for, well, Port. I’m not sure if this is true – it didn’t seem to be on the menu many places, and it definitely had a bit of a touristy look to it. But that doesn’t matter at all. Because there is one thing I am sure about when it comes to the francesinha: It is a magical meat lamp containing a crazy meat-loving genie who will grant all your wildest carnivorous dreams.

Ham, linguica (spicy portuguese sausage), regular sausage and steak are squished between two thick pieces of bread. Next, a huge slab of cheese is melted around the big brick. Then, the sandwich is served in a bowl. Why? Because it’s up to its waist in a thick beer and tomato sauce.

Safe to say, you have to eat this thing with a fork. And every bite contains a different array of meaty magic. On the one hand, you never know what combination of flavors you’re going to get. On the other hand, you could say it all has the same flavor: the flavor of awesome.

Definitely try this if you’re in Porto (it’s better than their other signature dish, tripe stew). But I think it might be just as good if made with American ingredients, and I’ve found one recipe that looks accurate:

http://www.bbcfood.com/offthemenu/Series2/episode10_recipe.htm

Rub this baby at your own risk. You might not be able to handle what the magical meat genie has in store.