1kg pork shoulder cut into small cubes (meat and fat together)
3-4 tbs crushed coriander
3-4 tbs salt
1 & 1/2 tbs whole “schinia” (or “shinia”) (Note: whole “shinia” looks like black peppercorns, but are not. They also are not pink peppercorns. They are also not juniper berries. “Shinia” come from a plant indigenous to the Mediterranean called pistacia lentiscus in Latin, so it’s best to ask a speciality store for direction when buying these because it’s a very specific type of dried berry that is needed. I suppose you could use pink peppercorn as a substitute if you cannot find “schinia”.)
1 & 1/2 tsps freshly ground black pepper
dry red wine (you will need a few bottles, see below for instructions)
2 pork intestines (cleaned and ready to be used). Tell your butcher you have diced 1kg of meat, and ask how many pork intestines you will need.
1. In a large bowl place the chopped meat, sprinkle 1 tbs salt and add enough red wine to cover the meat completely.
2. Cover and place it in the refrigerator. Every day for 8 days, stir and add about a 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup more wine. During this time, the meat will soak up the wine.
4. Stir the mixture. It is now ready to be stuffed into the intestines. You may need to create a “funnel” at the top of the intestine. (A trick is to get a little bendable twig, and make a circle with it, tie the two ends together. Then, put an open end of the intestine around this to make a firm opening. Also, if the intestines are long cut them in half, it will be easier to stuff and form the sausages.) Tie a knot at the other end of the intestine.
5. Begin to stuff the intestine with the sausage mixture. Once all the mixture has been stuffed into the intestine, tie a knot at the end.
7. Then, hang the sausages to dry in the sun for 2 weeks. (Bring them in at night and if it rains, otherwise leave them outside in the sun). Note that traditionally, people would “dry out” their “loukanika” by smoking them over the fireplace – sometimes burning the branches from wild juniper bushes. But, if you are making “loukanika” in a city, this won’t really be possible.
8. Once the sausages are dry, they are ready to be cooked. Serve them hot, cooked on charcoals, or fried with eggs, and together with (grilled) halloumi and tomato. (Note that the picture below is of the “loukanika” once they have been dried in the sun for 2 weeks. It’s not very appetizing but they taste really good – I promise!)