Farinheira (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɐɾiˈɲejɾɐ]) is a Portuguese smoked sausage made mainly from wheat flour, pork fat and seasonings (white wine, paprika, salt and pepper). It has a yellow/brown colour and is served in traditional dishes like feijoada or cozido à portuguesa. It is also eaten on its own, roasted or fried. In modern versions, it is previously cooked, then peeled and mixed with scrambled eggs and served on bread or toast as a starter.
Although it resembles a chouriço or other meat sausage, its taste is not meaty; it is tangy (but not hot), with a doughy texture and has a somewhat sweet finish in the palate. It is never cooked sliced unlike other sausages since its dough-like content would pour out of the skin during cooking.
Farinheiras with PGI
Some farinheiras made in Portugal have a PGI status:
- Farinheira de Estremoz e Borba, from Estremoz and Borba area, PGI since 2004.
- Farinheira de Portalegre, from Portalegre area, (PGI) since 1997.
- List of sausages
- List of smoked foods
- List of Portugal food and drink products with protected status
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