Sausage with Pineapple Skewers (Brochetas de salchichas y piña) is a favorite summer tapas dish in Spain.
In the aftermath of the Black Plague, sausages gained popularity throughout Spain and the rest of Europe. People learned that smoked sausage could last longer and stretch farther than fresh meat, and the sausage really stepped up to the plate as a food choice.
There are many varieties of sausage in Spain, and fresh sausages made their comeback and are known as “salchichas.” They are usually found in short links with seasoning that varies from bland to very spicy. Since they are fresh, they must remain refrigerated until their use.
The pineapple is a star in the fruit world not only for its flavor, but its presence in history of being brought to Europe from the New World. On his second voyage of discovery, Christopher Columbus and his crew came upon them in 1493 on the island now known as Guadeloupe. Columbus brought the first pineapple to Spain and the Spanish thought it resembled a pine cone and named it piña (pine).
On the islands of the Caribbean, the pineapple symbolized hospitality. If a pineapple was placed by the entrance to a village, then strangers were welcomed. This symbolism spread to Europe, then to colonial North America, where it became the custom to carve the shape of a pineapple into the columns at the entrance of a plantation. The fruit found in the mainland of Spain, however, is grown mainly in the Canary Islands.
The Canary Islands add a tropical touch to Spanish cuisine. Located more than 500 miles from Spain and only 70 miles from the coast of northwest Africa, their climate is perpetual springtime.
Sausage with Pineapple Skewers (Brochetas de salchichas y piña) is a favorite summer tapas dish served with a cold beverage. The tapas can be created by using this recipe or adding in a few ingredients of your own choosing.