April 10, 2008

Longaniza And Sardines Sandwich

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pandesal filled with longaniza, brisling sardines, shallot, red chile, and oregano

My lunch today was inspired by the movie and novel by Laura Esquivel, Like Water For Chocolate. It is a quirky strange dramedy that was released in 1992 but I never was interested to watch it until Raissa recommended it a few weeks ago. I watch a ton of foreign language movies but I usually ignore Spanish and Italian movies because I find them too melodramatic. I finally watched the movie and I enjoyed it a lot. I also borrowed the book from the library and will read it this weekend. The first chapter has the recipe for the Christmas buns which has the most unusual combination of chorizo and canned sardines mixed with oregano, canned serrano chiles, and chopped onion. I made my own sandwich version using Filipino Vigan-style longaniza, brisling sardines in olive oil, shallots, and fresh red chiles. I had the sandwiches, yes I ate two, with pickled green mangoes and tomatoes sprinkled with sea salt. The sandwiches are very good, strange but good. BTW, the book also has a recipe for making matches just in case anybody wants to make and eat them.:-)

Longaniza And Sardines Sandwich
½ pound longaniza, Vigan-style
1 can brisling sardines or Spanish sardines, drained, deboned and cut into chunks
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 hot red pepper, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
10 pieces pandesal
  • In a medium pan over medium heat, boil longaniza and 3 T water, covered, until all the water has evaporated. Remove casings, lower heat and let sausages fry in its own fat. Do not let longaniza get brown.
  • While longaniza is frying combine sardines, chopped chiles, onion, and oregano. Coarsely chop the cooked longaniza and add to the sardine mixture, mixing gently. Leave for 30 minutes.
  • Slice pandesal and fill with longaniza and sardine mixture. Heat in a 300 degree oven for 12 minutes or until top of pandesal is golden brown. Serve with pickled green mangoes and tomatoes, or salad greens.
Next food inspired by a movie: Adam's Apple Pie from the Danish film Adam's Apples.


Sidney said...

Longaniza with sardines... hmmm... not sure about that combination.
But it must be good if you ate two sandwiches!

cleng said...

Hello! I've been a lurker for quite sometime...I'm a manila mom and I feel quite fortunate to be able to use your recipes without substitutions(for pinoy dishes...aaahhhh!)..this post on sardines and longganisa is quite timely...I may have to slightly tweak this one recipe by using longganiza hamonado as this is what I have on hand at the moment. I like reading your posts and your photos are quite good too...keep it up!!

Oggi said...

Sidney the H said the same thing and refused the sandwich, heheh. I like it though.

Cleng, thanks. Longaniza hamonado sounds really good. I'll see if I can get it from the Filipino grocery.:)

raissa said...

I am so glad to know you enjoyed the film. enjoy the book as well. I havent read this in awhile maybe I should and make some of the food there.

Funny how you are making dishes inspired by movie and thats what I saw last night on Top Chef. =)

I dont know about mixing longganize and sardines but its worth a try =)

Oggi said...

Raissa, longaniza and sardines is a rather odd combination. I thought the recipes are not real recipes, specially the quails with rose petals and of course the matches recipe. But I love to experiment with my food and sometimes I end up liking them including the weird ones.:)

Yeah, I also saw that Top Chef movie-inspired episode. I wonder if the potty mouth Dale is a Pinoy.

raissa said...

I think Dale is pinoy based on his last name. He does have a potty mouth but other than that he doesnt have much drama. he is quite good though.

Ruy said...

Wow... Very interesting. Wow... I'll be trying this out this great looking creation.

Oggi said...

Raissa I googled Dale and yes, he is Pinoy. I agree he's pretty tame but then I think nobody else will beat Marcel in the "drama queen" category!:-)

Ruy let me know if you like the combination.:)

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