Linguiça is a highly spiced, garlicky Portuguese sausage that must be fully cooked before serving. It can be eaten on its own, added to omelets, or used as part of a main dish.

It’s something TrishUntrapped grew up with. “My family always kept it simple,” she says. “[W]e would slice it in circles and fry it in a pan … then serve it on a roll with mustard for a sandwich.” Nowadays, she also dices and fries the sausage, then uses it to top pizza. She especially loves a linguiça and onion pie.

Linguiça can also anchor a one-pot meal. “My absolute favorite way to cook it is with kale and white beans, a classic combo,” says escondido123. To make the dish, slice and brown the sausage, then remove it from the pan. Sauté onions, carrots, and garlic in the rendered fat, then add chopped kale, cooked white beans, the browned sausage, and either water or chicken broth. Simmer until the kale is tender. You can also turn this dish into a soup by increasing the liquid. This is “much more than the sum of its ingredients—the sausage flavors it very nicely,” says jeanmarieok.

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