Alheira Strudel

Alheira Strudel is a recipe that uses Portuguese Alheira . It derivates from Alho ( Portuguese word for garlic ). This type of sausage became known by the Jews in Portugal. In 1497 they were in a crossroad between being expelled from Portugal or the conversion to the Christianity.

Originally the sausages were made with other meats such as poultry and game, besides garlic to season and bread to give some texture. They were hanged on the smokehouses mainly in country side avoiding the Portuguese inquisition.

Ingredients Alheira Strudel

1 Alheira ( Portuguese, based on poultry mainly )
1 Onion
3 sheets of filo pastry
1 clove garlic
2 tomatoes
1 bunch of spinach
Olive oil


Remove the skin from the alheira and cut into small pieces. In a frying pan, prepare a stir fry with olive oil, an onion and chopped garlic. Join the Alheira and crush it . Add the spinach with a little of olive oil over the top and seasoning with salt and pepper.

Remove from heat and let cool down. Cut two tomatoes in cubes, removing the inside so the water does not pass to the puff. Add the tomatoes to the filling and mix. Wrap it well. Use filo pastry for this recipe. Brush the filo pastry with butter. Add two more layers of filo pastry on top. 

Place the filling in the center and wrap the filo mass by closing the ends. Brush the top with melted butter and make cuts for the interior to bake better. Season with salt and pepper and place in a greased pan. Let the strudel bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at 180º C  ( 356º F ).

Take out from the oven , now its ready to serve. Enjoy your meal and relief your senses. This recipe has an amazing taste, serve it with a red wine.

This recipe uses Portuguese Alheira and usually we dont make it in our food and wine experiences, market tour with cooking class or the cooking class.

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