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Skinless longganisa refers to a type of Filipino sausage without the casing. It is also known as naked sausage. Filipino Longganisa can either be sweet or garlicky. This version has the best of both worlds. It also has no preservatives. This is best when eaten with sinangag na kanin along with itlog na maalat or salted egg and papaya atchara. I like to dip it in spicy vinegar before eating. Yummy!
Note that this recipe that I am sharing with you today is a basic version. It is delicious and very tasty by itself. However, I challenge you to use this recipe as a baseline to develop a skinless longganisa version that is based on your preference. There are many ways to do it. Try to add vinegar and reduce or eliminate the sugar to make it taste somewhat like Vigan longganisa. You can add oregano too just like what they do in Lucban. How about adding a bit of heat into it and reduce the garlic to resemble the taste chorize de cebu? The choice is yours.
You can refer to a recipe that I previously posted if you are looking for cured longanisa with casing.
How to Make Homemade Skinless Longganisa
Making homemade skinless longganisa is easy and straightforward. This recipe simply tells you to combine all the ingredients and mix it all together until well blended. I suggest that you should focus more on the quality of the ingredients rather than the procedure. Make sure to use fresh ground pork with high fat content. Fat is a main component of Filipino longganisa. It will be great if you can source smoked paprika too.
I started by preparing the garlic. Use fresh garlic as much as possible. Remove the skin from each clove and crush the garlic clove thoroughly using mortar and pestle. This tool is also known as almires. It is ideal to mince the garlic after crushing. This helps release the flavors of the garlic easily when mixed with the other ingredients later on.
Combine ground pork and all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well using your hands. I suggest wearing a kitchen glove. You can also use a stand mixer to help ease the task. Remember to install the dough hook as the wire whisk won’t be of help here.
Refrigerate the mixture for around 2 hours before shaping it. This will help the mixture bind better. I love the idea of using a sheet of wax paper and a sturdy card to help mold skinless longganisa. You can watch the video below for better guidance, but let me explain it anyway.
How to Shape Skinless Longganisa
This is probably the easiest step in the recipe. I think that it is easier and less tiring than mixing all the ingredients together. All we need is a sheet of wax paper and a piece of sturdy card such as a credit card or an ID card. No need for any plastic bags or cellophane for this procedure.
Lay a sheet of wax paper flat on a table. Scoop around 3 tablespoons of longganisa mixture and place over the wax paper. Put it in the middle-top part of the paper, 3 inches before the top edge. Fold the wax paper starting from the top going down until the mixture is totally covered. Lock the edge of the paper by holding your fingers down. Gently slide the longer edge of the card over the wax paper towards the direction of the sausage mixture. Align the card in a 60 degree angle and gently push until the mixture shapes into a sausage. Watch the video below.
How to Cook Skinless Longganisa
There are many ways to cook longganisa. It can be fried directly, it can be boiled, and it can be cooked using a combination of cooking methods such as frying and boiling.
I do it by quickly pan-frying the outer part of the sausage until it turns light brown. This helps hold the mixture together. I then pour a cup or so of water and boil the sausage until the water complete evaporates. This is my assurance that the inner part is cooked well. I then finish it by frying using the remaining oil in the pan.
Can You Cook Longganisa in a Microwave Oven?
You can definitely cook anything in a microwave oven. The question should be, is it ideal to cook longganisa in a microwave? My answer is No. You can reheat it in the microwave, but not cook it there and expect to get the same result.
Try this Skinless Longganisa Recipe. Let me know what you think.
- 1 ¾ lbs. ground pork
- 9 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 ¼ tablespoons coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 head garlic
- Peel the skin off the garlic cloves. Crush thoroughly using mortar and pestle. Mince the crushed garlic. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine ground pork along with all of the ingredients. Mix well.
- Cover the bowl. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Shape the longganisa by laying a sheet of wax paper on a flat surface. Scoop around 3 tablespoons of mixture and put over the wax paper. Fold the wax paper from top to down until the mixture covered. Hold the edge of the paper with your fingers and then slide the card towards the mixture. Push a bit more until a sausage shape is formed. Do this step until the entire mixture is consumed.
- Cook the longganisa by combining 1 cup water and 4 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan.
- Add the longganisa and then turn the heat on. Let the liquid boil, and then adjust to the lowest heat setting. Continue boiling until the water completely evaporates.
- Fry both sides of the longganisa in the remaining oil until it turns brown.
- Remove from the pan and arrange on a serving plate. Serve with rice. Share and enjoy!