Sabadiego or Sabadeña

Sabadiego also known as Sabadeña or Chorizo Sabadiego is a popular sausage in Noreña, a municipality in the Asturias region of Spain. The name means "Saturday Sausage" (Sabado means Saturday). In Spain and in other European Christian countries, the consumption of any meat was strictly forbidden on Friday, with noble meats on Saturday as well. This was rigidly observed during Lent, a 40 day period of fasting preceding Easter. It has been accepted that in the eighteenth century Alonso Marcos de Llanes Argüelles, bishop of Segovia and archbishop of Seville, Christianized this sausage with the approval of King Carlos III, and also authorizing the consumption of a certain type of meat exclusively on Saturdays. This meat was called Saturday Meat, and generally used to be wild game or an injured animal. Offal meats (heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, blood, skin, stomach, tripe) were considered inferior meats and were also permitted. Thus, Sabadiego (Saturday) sausage was invented, and as long as it was made with strict adherence to church requirements (made from less noble meats), there was no conflict. The pigs were slaughtered during Christmas or soon after, so the supply of meat was short lived and Sabadiego sausage was available for only a few months. Today, Sabadiego can be made at any time.

Offal meat: heart, lungs, liver, stomach600 g1.32 lb
Back fat, belly fat, fat trimmings250 g0.55 lb
Beef150 g0.33 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Salt30 g5 tsp
Cure #12.5 g1/2 tsp
Pimentón, sweet25 g4 Tbsp
Pimentón, hot5.0 g1 tsp
Oregano, ground1.0 g1/2 tsp
Nutmeg1.0 g1/2 tsp
Garlic7.0 g2 cloves
Wine60 ml2 oz fl
  1. Cook heart, lungs, stomach in water (below boiling point) until soft. Scald liver in hot water for 5 minutes.
  2. Grind beef and fat through 10 mm (3/8") plate. Grind offal meats through 3 mm (1/8") plate.
  3. Mix meats, fat and all ingredients together. Hold for 12 hours in refrigerator. Stuff into 40-50 mm pork or beef middles.
  4. Ferment/dry at 25° C (77° F), 90% humidity for 48 hours.
  5. Dry at 14-15° C (57-59° F), 70% humidity for 30 days.
  6. Store at 10-12° C (50-52° F), 60-65% humidity or refrigerate.

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