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Quick Easy Portuguese Sandwich – Linguica Recipes

When I was a kid, my grandma would make mass quantities of this Portuguese Sandwich for her big family.  I really don’t remember what she called these sandwiches, but I wish I did.

I recall her frying the linguica and everyone (my grandma had eight kids and lots of grandkids) lining up and assembling their own linguica sandwich.  I like keeping traditions and I’m semi-obsessed with linguica so I make these sandwiches frequently for my own kids.  It’s a nice quick lunch or when my husband is out of town, quick dinner.  😀

The roll I’m using here isn’t the type of roll my grandma would buy, her’s were about half the size.  I think she used dinner roll, the type that comes in a big bag like you’d find at Costco.  I just went with what was cheapest and it worked.  This Portuguese sandwich is super filling and in retrospect, I’d probably cut these rolls in half for easier handling.

Portuguese Sandwich

How to make a Portuguese Sandwich

I cook multiple times every day for my family and my favorite cutting board shows it so please excuse the appearance of my well-used and beloved cutting board.  It looks like I cut a bunch of carrots on it, doesn’t it?

Cut the linguica into manageable sections.

Linguica Recipes

Slice the pieces of linguica in half but be careful not to slice all the way through.  I really have no idea why linguica is cooked this way, but it is traditional for my family and it works.  Since the linguica is nice and flat it’ll brown evenly.  I especially love the little burnt edges.

How to Cook Linguica

In a non-stick pan add a few tablespoons of oil and over medium heat cook the linguica.  In the picture below, you can see I flipped one piece, I think it took about 9 minutes to get to this stage.  I actually like my linguica a little darker than the center piece of linguica in the picture below but to each their own, cook linguica the way you like it.  😀

Cooking Linguica

These are the rolls I used for these Portuguese sandwiches.  The bag had eight rolls in it.  It was a great deal that I couldn’t pass up!

How to Make Portuguese Sandwiches

Below, I have flipped all the linguica pieces and am getting the backs nice and browned.  When linguica pieces are browned to your liking transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels.

Best Way to Cook Linguica

Assembling Your Portugues Sandwich

Split the bun open and assemble the Portuguese sandwich.  Insert browned linguica into a split bun, what could be easier?

Portuguese Linguica Recipes

Two of my four kids like to dip their Portuguese sandwich in mustard.  As a kid, I didn’t dip my sandwich in anything so that’s how I like them now, nice and plain.  My 15-year-old son thinks mayonnaise would be good on this sandwich but he has yet to try it because he’s sticking with tradition.

I ALWAYS used Silva Brand linguica.  In my opinion, it’s the very best linguica I can buy.

I love making linguica just like described above as breakfast meat.  I actually prefer linguica a little bit better more perfect oven baked bacon but they are both equally yummy.

If you like this Portugues Sandwich – Linguica Recipe have a look at my other linguica recipes

What’s is your favorite way to eat linguica?

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Monday 6th of February 2023

Linguica sandwiches are my favorite. We use the soft white Hoagie rolls, add a little mayo and sometimes a little horseradish mustard. Another way is to put a good Portuguese salsa on the linguica. For those that like a little kick in your sandwich, we will toast and peel a long green pepper that is soaked in olive oil. These are addicting.

Frankie H

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

My grandmother used to fry up diced linguiça and minced onion to use in her simple scrambled egg omelet/pancake shaped portions. The edges were crispy brown and the eggs had an orange tint to them from the linguiça. We'd visit her mouthwateringly scented kitchen band she'd have foil wrapped packages of these waiting for us. Sooooo good!


Tuesday 5th of December 2017

I forgot to add this to my comment.. Over the years we have had, just about every brand of linguica in stores through out California, Oregon and Missouri.. Our, by far, favorite has always been Silva's out of San Jose, Ca. I am in no way connected to Silva's, other than an ardent fan of their linguica.. I doubt I have ever even tried any of Silva's other products.. Just thought I'd add that and urge linguica lovers to try that brand.. :O)


Tuesday 5th of December 2017

In 1962, my wife and I were a young couple. I was sent to the small community of Newman, Ca to manage for a variety store chain. Newman, then and still, has a large Portuguese population.. We were quickly introduced to Portuguese cooking.. We fell in love with linguica.. After 55 years, I still buy linguica constantly.. A linguica sandwich is my comfort food, While shopping this morning, my wife asked me to make them this afternoon.. My traditional method, which I learned all those years ago, is a simple slather of mayo on sturdy white bread (I picked up fresh Francisco sour dough today).. Sometimes I add thinly sliced yellow onion but, today its just linguica, Best Foods mayo and sourdough bread.. That's the way I like it, uh huh, uh huh.. :O)

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