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Alheiras de Mirandela


An exotic and succulent dish made with lean beef, veal, chicken and turkey. A heavenly dish for meat lovers!













Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


3 pounds beef
lean *
1 ½ pounds veal
½ pound chicken
½ pound turkey
½ pound rabbit
1 ½ pounds bread
day old wheat
¼ pound ham
4 cloves garlic
4 teaspoons olive oil
2 ounces pork fat
1 x paprika
to taste
1 x salt
to taste
1 x black pepper
to taste
10 x sausage casing
tripe casing


  • Or lean pork, or a mixture of both, for cost reasons.

** Probably a modern addition, or replacement for suet.

You may change the proportions of chicken/turkey/rabbit - it may be all chicken, etc., provided the total amount remains the same. You can use partridge, quail, duck, and so on...

Boil the meats together long enough to make the bones separate from the meat by themselves. Reserve the resulting broth and set meats aside.

In a large bowl place the thinly sliced bread and add the reserved broth. Cover with a towel and, as soon as the bread is soft enough, mash it with an wooden spoon. Add the mashed garlic and ground pepper, paprika and a little salt. Add the meats cut in very little pieces. Mix thoroughly.

When everything is completely mixed add the olive oil and the pork drippings, hot. Fill the casing using a suitable funnel. Tie each 'alheira' so that it's about 8" long, with the filling concentrated in the middle section, leaving the ends almost empty.

Smoke for 2 or 3 hours a day, for a week. Tie both ends together before selling or using ~ the 'alheira' should be U shaped. A typical way of serving 'alheiras' is frying them in hot oil, and presenting them with fried eggs and potato chips. Some add broccoli as a side dish.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 907g (32.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 218246% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 111g 171%
Saturated Fat 40g 202%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 597mg 199%
Sodium 1939mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 30%
Dietary Fiber 4g 17%
Sugars g
Protein 386g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 37% Iron 112%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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