Alheira

This Portuguese sausage is actually credited for saving the lives of thousands of Jews during the Spanish inquisition of the late 1400’s. One unique element to this sausage is that it was originally (and most likely still done today) smoked for a week at a time for flavor and preservation.

Where I live, I don’t have the climate to allow me to smoke this sausage for a week at a time, so we’ve modified this recipe to still get that same smoky flavor without having to put it in a smoke house for extended periods. If you live in an area where you have a nice cold winter, it would be fun to hang this is a smoke house for 5-7 days to experience a more authentic version of this sausage.

Here are a few things you might find useful when making a smoked sausage

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Alheira

A Portuguese Smoked Sausage
Prep Time1 d 30 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
How much do you want to make? 1000 grams

Ingredients

The recipe for the stock

  • 1200 g beef and beef bones
  • 700 g chicken thighs on the bone
  • 4 garlic cloves smashed
  • ½ chopped onion
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 bunch fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tsp pepper corn
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 liters water you need enough to cover the ingredients by at least an inch.

The recipe for the sausage

  • 800 g cooked tender beef and chicken
  • 200 g sour dough bread cut up into cubes
  • 14 g salt
  • 3 g black pepper
  • 3 g paprika
  • 2 g red chili flakes
  • 2 g cayenne pepper add more or less (to taste)
  • 10 g minced garlic
  • 45 ml olive oil
  • 5 g fresh parsley
  • 1 liter reserved stock (divided) you might need a little more or a little less depending on how you like the consistency

Instructions

  • Clean and rehydrate your casings
  • Cook raw beef, beef bones, chicken thighs, chicken bones in water with all the stock ingredients, till the meat has become tender 2-3 hours.
  • Strain out the solids and keep the stock for later
  • remove the meat from the bones and weigh out the necessary meat for this recipe. Grind the cooked meats through a medium grinding plate (6mm)
  • In a bowl add the olive oil and half the amount of stock that the recipe calls for to the breadcrumbs. Cover and let the bread absorb this liquid.
  • Once the bread has absorbed the liquid mix the bread with the meat along with the rest of the spices and the rest of the stock.
  • Mix. If you feel like the mixture is a little dry you can add 1/4 more stock at a time till you get to the consistency you want. You want it to be like a thick cake batter.
  • Stuff into casings and place in your smoker to cook for several hours at 200f (93.3c)
  • While your sausage is cooking apply heavy smoke through this process.
  • After your sausages have been smoked, you can eat immediately, or cool them down and freeze them for later.

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One thought on “Alheira

  1. Paulo Barbosa
    Paulo Barbosa

    Fyi, Portuguese Inquisition, not Spanish, thanks for the recipe!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alheira

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Jump to Recipe Print Recipe Post Views: 1,232 Follow basic smoked sausage preparation practices when making this sausage. Clean and sanitize all of your equipment. Keep your meat and grinder parts super cold (below 34F) at all times Any liquid that is added to the mince needs to be ice
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