Chosco or Choscu

Chosco is a large diameter sausage very popular in Asturías. The sausage is made from chunks of pork tongue, lean pork or pork loin and dewlap (double chin). Pimentón delivers characteristic red color which will be even stronger if red cuts of meat were selected and sodium nitrite (cure #2 or cure #1) was used. Chosco is a fully cured sausage that is ready to eat at any time, however, if the same Chosco sausage after being stuffed is only lightly cured it becomes Choscu and must be refrigerated, and of course cooked before serving. In other words, both sausages include the same ingredients, but due to different drying times, they carry different names. It would be simpler use just one name and add semi-dry or dry at the end. Fully cured (dried) chosco can be consumed raw or added to other dishes, but partially dried choscu must be cooked, usually in water, before serving. The sausage is usually served with cut boiled potatoes (cachelos) or added to the famed Spanish bean stew (fabada asturiana).
MeatsMetricUS
Pork tongue500 g1.10 lb
Lean pork or loin350 g0.77 lb
Dewlap or jowls150 g0.33 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Salt30 g5 tsp
Cure #2*4.0 g3/4 tsp
Pimentón10 g5 tsp
Garlic10 g3 cloves
Instructions
  1. Cut all meats into smaller chunks.
  2. Mix with all ingredients and hold in refrigerator for 2 days.
  3. Stuff firmly into pork caecum (bung cap – beginning of a large intestine), 60-70 mm pork middles or 70-90 mm pork bungs.
  4. Dry at 15-12° C (59-53° F), <65% humidity in a dark, well ventilated rom for 2-3 months. When the sausage loses 30% of its original weight it is ready to eat.
Notes
* Optional. For stronger color and decreased possibility of meat spoilage a curing salt with sodium nitrite may be added. American pink cures #1 and cure #2 both contain 6.25% of sodium nitrite. In other countries curing salt usually contains only 0.6% of sodium nitrite and can be directly substituted for salt (30 g in this recipe).

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