Thursday, September 11, 2008
There is a large Portuguese community where I live. Though most have come from the Azores, the islands of Portugual, they are not fishermen by trade which is good because we are 2 hours from the Pacific ocean. Many have large dairies instead. They are fun, lively and traditional. I love being in an area where other cultures thrive. Life is more interesting. One thing I have learned is that people are basically the same, we love our babies, we want peace, men drink, women complain and a good friend is a treasure. There is an old Randy Travis song that says "As long as old men sit & talk about the weather. As long as old women sit & talk about old men". We are all just people. It has been fun getting to know the local Portuguese people over the years. Around here Silva's makes some of the best Linguica available in the states. Linguica is a Portuguese sausage, spicy and made of pork, remember the cows here are for milk. It is great instead of a hot dog and in what we call 'Portagee Beans'. I wanted to try for a Tapa's type of appetizer, simple, earthy and robust.
1 Silva's linguica about 10" long
1 red bell pepper
10 fresh sage leaves
Roast red bell pepper under broiler or over flame or on BBQ till skin begins to blacken.
Place in paper bag, close and let steam for 10 minutes.
Peel off skin, clean seeds out and cut into 10 pieces, set aside.
Slice linguica on angle into 10 slices.
In a grill pan, cook on medium to medium-low until linguica begins to carmelize.
Place pepper on top, then sage, and secure with a toothpick.