When we arrived home tonight, it was too late to cook a big meal. So I cooked Longanisang Hubad-Skinless Cured Pork Sausages. Longanisas are the Philippine native sausage. It is also spelled as longganisa in some Filipino cookbooks. Every province or region in the Philippines lays claim to their own luscious versions of longanisa and though these cured sausages range in flavors from sweet to sour, salty to tangy depending on the region, there is one thing they all have in common – longanisas are a popular breakfast or brunch fare, especially when served with sinangag, the Filipino garlic fried rice.
If you travel around the Philippines, you can discover the different varieties of longanisas like longanisa de hamon, de recado, hamonado, hubad, Lukban, San Pablo, Sulipan, Tuguegarao, Vigan plus there are probably a few more I am missing.
The recipe I am sharing with you here is like my mother’s Kapampangan version which was on the sweet side. Other regional longanisa varieties from around the Philippines can range from tangy, vinegar-y, garlicky. Since I am a home cook I make skinless longanisas or longanisang hubad (no casings) because I don’t have a sausage maker and it is not easy to find sausage casings at the market. And this was a similar approach my mother taught me. She often said that even if I don’t have sausage casings, I should not be discouraged from making homemade longanisas.
So for dinner we had longsilog. What is longsilog? In Filipino restaurants, you are likely to find the term ‘longsilog’ (say “long-seeh-log”) which is a combined word of longanisa-sinangag (garlic rice)- itlog (eggs). This is a heartwarming breakfast meal most Filipinos enjoy. And it is one of the easiest, to make ahead and to cook. Since we were away the whole weekend, I didn’t get a chance to cook these Pork Longanisas for breakfast or brunch. But I did the next best thing, I cooked breakfast for dinner. The meal cooked in under thirty minutes. The bright reddish hue of the sausages glistened invitingly from the skillet. And the sweet-garlicky aromas lingered around us even as we ate. Longanisas for breakfast. Or longanisas for dinner. Both ways it is simply divine.
Longanisang Hubad-Skinless Cured Pork Sausages
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon annatto achuete powder
- 1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- for serving:garlic fried rice
- 2 to 4 whole eggs, cooked sunny side up for serving, or scrambled if preferred
- 1 whole large tomato sliced, for serving
- 1 whole medium-sized cucumber sliced, for serving
- for serving achara or sweet green papaya pickles
- How to make homemade skinless longanisa: In a medium-sized bowl, mix together ground pork, brown sugar, salt, annatto (achuete) powder, minced garlic, ground black pepper, vinegar. When blended, shape the longanisas into 2-inch in length sausages. Arrange them in a plastic container, lined up, leaving 2-inch spaces in between. Cover and seal the plastic container well. Freeze longanisas for at least 12 hours or up to 3 days for flavors to set and sausages to firm up.
- How to cook longanisas: Have longanisas ready thawed at room temperature. Do not thaw in the microwave. In a medium-sized skillet, over medium heat, add vegetable oil. After 1 to 2 minutes, when oil is hot enough, add the longanisas. Pan fry for about 15 minutes till cooked completely. Remove sausages from skillet and drain on parchment paper to remove excess oil.
- Serve longanisas warm with garlic fried rice, fried eggs, sliced fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and achara (green papaya pickle relish).
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