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Damn! I'm going to have to try that now...since I don't need as much hardware, I could definitely try this out. I wonder if I could sneak a jar of my dad's super spicy vinegar with sili...

When I first read your v1.0 recipe a while ago, I was surprised how little fat it contained. To Filipinos, that is. For me, one of the joys of longanisa was being able to see the tiny cubes of fat before scarfing the sausage all down.

oh damn! the dude's been making home made sausage- we gotta add this to our list. good looking out!

Hey, it's the final hit of the five-point exploding heart technique! (RIP David Carradine.) I think I'm *just* beginning to get the dozens of regional differences in Longanisa and what belongs where. My mom is a fan of the northern type (after all, she is half from there), but I'm not so much, until it's right in front of me and I find myself eating too much. The fat gives it a lot of lovely flavor, but I still pry it out of the cooked product :P

On the spelling: I'm pretty sure it's "longganisa." Generally speaking, in Tagalog, if the sound of the "ng" is followed by the hard "g," then it's spelled with a double "g." Other examples are "tanggalin" (remove) and "bongga" (fabulous). Yes, I'm anal about spelling. ;-)

My heart is seizing up just looking at this. Good job!

Dude, did you just drop a Barry Horowitz reference? On a food blog no less! You deserve a pat on the back just for that! Just one of the reasons I love reading you.

Totally agree w/ what Vic just said. Didn't think it would be possible to love this blog even more but after that Barry Horowitz reference, i truly do! You are the man!!!

Hi Efren. You still do need a meat grinder and sausage stuffer, just mix everything by hand. And I'm sure your dad's sukang sili would be killer w/ longanisa.

Thanks flkdjflkjlj. I'm the first to admit that v1 was not fatty enough, although it was still very flavorful.

Hi Words&Nosh, definitely add longanisa to the list!

Hey manggy. I by no means know anything about any of the other regional sausages, I just know the Ilocano style and I'm happy with it!

Alas, katrina. Spelling is another one of the reasons I'm an "inexperienced hack"! Thanks for the clarification, as I need to learn these types of details.

Thanks jikuu!

Vic and Franz, I'm completely surprised that there is more than one person that got that reference--now I feel all tingly inside. Thanks for reading.

YUM! I'm totally inspired to try it myself now.

I've never added fat back into a pork dish, but for longuanisa ... it sounds completely right.

First time on your blog and already very impressed. *Love* how great these sausages look. Some serious exploration of archived posts is in order, I think.

omg! i am hating you right now for making me want to make my own longanisa now...
<--- is lazy

and come on! what does not taste better when added more fat?

btw, my hubby sadly does not make cocktails as often as he used to when i was his guinea pig since he now serves as a naval officer.

What? Less than 50% fat?:D
Where do you get pork jowls? I'd like to make it into guanciale (and longanisa) if I can find it here in VA.
Okay, I have to go eat now...this post is making me drool.:)

I've only made the skinless version of longganisa, and sadly, I haven't even tried different regional longganisa back then. That's something that needs to be remedied.

Dang right: vinegar is where it's at! Salivating already. . .

Yay for Ilokanos! We may be stingy but we sure can make a mean longganisa :)

i tell ya, fat=flavah!

We've only ever made/eaten skinless longganisa at home -- which seems to be quite different from yours! Ours has brown sugar in the mix.

OMG Marvin, this is so mouthwatering!!! I love longanisa and too bad I have never tried making one myself. Thanks for the recipe, I'll definitely try this :-)

Yum! My golly that would be awesome on the barbie!

Yeah! Part II! Awesome!

And, thanks for making this GLUTEN-FREE as well, for those of use with gluten intolerance! :)

hi, I don't mean to sound offensive and hope you'll publish my comment.

I do not think that Phillipino/Pinoy food is the greatest in the world as you so claim. I find it cultural-centric to assume so.

I think that we can all benefit from trying out all different sorts of cuisine but ultimately what dictates our tastebuds has a lot to do with our upbringing. Although exposure to other foods (hence cultures is more desirable).

I just want you to admit there are lots of similarities to other South-East Asian cuisines and even some European influences. I think your claims of pinoy food being the be all and end all best food in the world is a far cry from the truth. All food should be celebrated but I do not agree that one culture and cuisine is necessarily superior to or better than another. It is different as humans are all different from one another.

Oooohhh...being a sausage fan, I am more than willing to try this out. But maybe it would be better if we cut down on the pork fat used. Could it possibly affect the taste?

Hey there ladygoat. Fatback is actually added to a lot of other sausages, not just Filipino sausage, so it's completely fine to add some extra fatback;)

Thanks very much Leela! I hope you enjoy the archives.

Hi ahnjel. Don't hate me too much;) And I'm sure your husband is still a keeper even though he isn't making cocktails as often!

Hi oggi. I got my pork jowls online from http://cawcawcreek.com/. All natural pork! Also, I made my own guanciale this past January when the weather was cooler, I'll post about that next I think... it's so worth it to cure your own meat!

Hi js. You could make my version skinless too, just leave the hog casings out;)

True dat, Jude!

Thanks Pat!

Hi ts. I've had some sweeter longanisa as well, but I prefer the more savory versions.

Do try it, dhanggit. Making sausage is relatively easy.

I love grilled longanisa, Beth!

No prob, Dione. Though I have completely zero knowledge of gluten-free cooking, I'm glad that this qualifies... if you say so.

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Hello Fusion. I completely appreciate your feedback. However, I don't think I've ever claimed once during the existence of this blog that Pinoy food is the greatest in the world. I may have said things like "such and such a thing is the most bestest thing I've ever tasted times infinity" or "Item X is the awesomest ish evaaaaahhhhh!" but I make such claims with my tongue burrowing a hole through my cheek and poking a hole in my face. And yes, it would be cultural-centric to favor one cuisine over the other... but this is a FILIPINO FOOD BLOG. Of course it's cultural centric!

I have no problems admitting that there are similarities to other SE Asian cuisines. I think I've even pointed out these similarities in some of my blog posts, and I know for a fact that I've pointed out the Spanish influences many many many many times before.

Lastly, I have never claimed that Pinoy food is "the be all and end all best food in the world" as you say I have. Never. Not once. I weigh 300 pounds because I eat all kinds of food from all kinds of cultures. My wife isn't even Filipino, for chrissakes! Yes, all food should be celebrated. I AGREE WITH YOU! But this particular blog is about ME wanting to find out more about MY culture and MY cuisine, so that means I write about Filipino food to the best of my ability. I do appreciate your feedback, fusion, and I agree with many of your points. But please, read my blog posts before you accuse me claiming things I've never claimed before.
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Oh, hello Soma. Thanks for stopping by. Cutting down on the fat would be OK, but not recommended. The flavor would still be there, but the sausage would be less juicy.

Ever since I started hitting 30, I've always had spasms of being finicky about the food I eat. I love your site. It looks as delicious as your concoctions.

Nice, this post inspired me and i did batch the other day using my own recipe.

I made a patty instead and slipped it in between toast and a slice of tomato. Ayos man!

hey! i love your site! your ube cupcakes were awesome! i just wanted to say, that instead of soaking the casings in water you should use the vinegar. it adds a little more 'tang' to the longanisa. thanks for your great recipes!

Ha! Marvin, I have savored your past PPP's and this one is no different! I have got to find pigs jowl, I know it is close by but my favorite butcher and Italian market do not have it...I am on a hunting expedition here in SoCal!
LL

I picked up some Sukang Iloco. . .now, it's time for a hogwild longganisa ride. . .

Terrific blog. I blogrolled you in my new site: finelifeonabudget.weebly.com.

that longanisa looks good! but, back in the States, on a few occasions when i would eat that - i have a bad habit of picking out the fats. oi... i'll have to wait until november to visit the philippines and try some of the goodies you've been posting.

THe secret to Ilocano Longanisa is the vinegar and the overflowing garlic and instead of ground pork you actually have to grind it yourself; chunky-like ground porklike. and what most fail to do is..With the original Ilocano Longanisa, after filling it in the casing you have to AIR DRY IT OUT IN THE SUN.that's the secret most people will never tell you.

the casings work best when its dried... try it..

also adding loads of bawang tagalog will make it terrific... heheheheh... just suggesting...

I was the same once I hit 30, Phil Guild. But I still find ways to stuff my face with pork fat.

I like your longanisa sandwich idea, Mike!

I'm glad you like the cupcakes, kristina! And great tip about soaking the casings in vinegar.

Thanks LL. I ordered my jowls online, but I'd be interested to see if you can find any in SoCal.

Godspeed on your ride, js!

Thanks fine life folk.

The fat is the best part rita!

Hi Bryan. My dad actually used to air dry his longanisa, but I skip that step simply because I'm lazy.

Thanks for the suggestion, erine! Not sure I could find tagalog garlic where I am though.

hehehe, what's 'fusion' smoking? then again, anyone who would call him/herself 'fusion' is probably just about as pretentious and disappointingly made up as the tasteless term itself... ;P

if you'd like to try another type of longganisa, the one they make in lucban, quezon has copious amounts of garlic and oregano (real oregano, not the stuff in ziplocs eheheh). don't have a recipe for you though, sorry. there's also longganisa hamonado, a sweeter version meant to be the poor sod's ham (that's any generic poor sod, not just 'fusion'). again, no idea how to make it but i do make a tasty hamonado..

i like the one from vigan. :)

I recently made northern Thai sausage from scratch - and MAN was it fun. I'm going to add your recipe to my "must do" file...

And if you start to feel chest pains from all the fat you've been shoveling into your maw, just relax, have a beer, and eat another Longanisa--you only live once.

LMAO!!!

actually here in Ilocos you just see the longganisa hanging on stalls. they sell for P120 for about 10 pieces. easy as pie. and the next best secret that makes longga so tasty is the side dish of crushed (not sliced) local tomatoes (those small fat orangey red kind you can find only here in Ilocos) with salt, a splash of water and a little oil. LOL

funny but that's how we always ate it here. ;)

omg, just had these in ilocos recently, and it is by far the best filipino food i've had...im going to pack some ilocano vinegar back to vancouver and have me a sausage-fest! lol

Hi, i am currently selling authentic ilocos longanisa from Cagayan province. For more information, feel free to visit my site: http://kitchenbq.com/category/ilocos-longganisa-for-sale/

I just found out you updated your longganisa adventures! This is BRILLIANT! Thank you!

Love the sausage... - I've bookmarked your site. -Jacob

wow, great site. i love phils foods.graeme from uk/mindoro/pampanga

where i can buy saltpeter? what is the substitution for saltpeter? what is praque powder?

Trying your recipe without the chili bit. We'll see how it goes. I'm actually trying to recreate my hometown empanada which requires the longganisa.

How much sugar should I add for that balance of sweet and spicy? This is my first time making this. I have fond memories of sharing this task with my mom when I was a child. I cannot wait to pump our my sausage! :)

I came back to re-read your recipe because I have several pounds of pork belly waiting in my freezer. I just got so hungry reading the whole post. I wish I had Sukang Ilocos right now and some Ilocano salt. Must make a note to get hold of some next time. Thanks for sharing this amazing longaniza recipe, Marvin!

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