Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Gourmet Longaniza

So, first of all, what the heck is Longaniza?  Well according to Wikipedia "Longaniza is a Spanish sausage similar to a chorizo and also closely associated with the Portuguese linguiça. Its defining characteristics are interpreted differently from region to region." But these didn't really taste like that at all. 

Essentially, they're a slightly spicy pork sausage, and at Thames Farm it is likened to a hot dog but made with pastured pork instead of beef.  And since longaniza means "long and thin" that is why they are referred to as gourmet hot dogs. Keep in mind though, unlike traditional hot dogs, these are uncured, and completely raw. They do need to be fully cooked before serving. I prefer mine with with diced white onion, yellow mustard, and pickle and/or relish. They're just as delicious plain and simple with ketchup and mustard. Or you could do spicy mustard and sauerkraut, or a chili-cheese dog.

purchased some during our recent farm visit, and just grilled them today! Oh my goodness ... they are amazing, with just a little bit of spicy bite to them. I will definitely be buying more.

1 pkg. Gourmet Longaniza
1 pkg. Hot dog buns
1 small onion, diced
Mustard, ketchup, pickle relish, sauerkraut, chili, cheese

Grill Longaniza approx. 8-10 minutes over medium heat, turning several times during grilling to insure even browning and cooked completely. Remove from grill and serve as desired on hot dog buns with your choice of toppings.