Heritage Foods now offers linguiça from the sausage maker the Mayor, in Richmond, Va. The signature Portuguese sausage harbors the paprika spice of chorizo but with the fire dampened, and a finer texture, but it brings on the garlic like kielbasa. It’s perfect right off the grill, or sizzled and sliced into thick coins in a mess of Little Neck clams steamed in olive oil with sweet and hot peppers. Kyle Morse, a chef who owns the Mayor, uses heritage pork shoulder for his sausage. The name linguiça derives from the Portuguese word for tongue (língua), but is thought to be a reference to only the shape.
The Mayor Linguiça from Heritage Foods, $65 for three 12-ounce packages of two sausages each, heritagefoods.com.
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