Yesterday I was watching the news when I was surprised by this commercial! Who would have thought that Apple, John Malkovich and “linguiça” would be all together in a TV commercial?! The word “linguiça” has generated buzz thanks to this ad, but after all what is it?
Linguiça is a Portuguese sausage prepared with minced meat, usually pork meat, seasoned with salt, garlic, onion and pepper. Then it is embedded in natural casings, and by that I mean the small intestine’s thin skin, which must be totally dry and clean. In the end this is a horseshoe-shaped sausage cooked and smoked until it reaches a reddish appearance and a semi-stiff consistency, without casing breakage.
This sausage is one of the oldest forms of processed meat, being mentioned in the “Odyssey” of Homer written in the ninth century BC and Linguiça was actually one of the first sausages to be invented and the word. Here in Portugal we usually eat it with bread as a starter and I ensure you that this is the best way to start a barbeque! You just need to grill it a little bit, catch a slice of bread and it’s perfectly good to be eaten.
I hope that Malkovich had the opportunity to try it either after or before the commercial. And what about you, ready to try some during your stay in Portugal? You won’t regret!
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