Pleșcoi sausages

Pleșcoi sausages are a Romanian sausage made from mutton spiced with chili peppers and garlic,[1] traditionally made in and around the Pleşcoi village, in the Buzău County of Romania.[2][3] If the mutton contains too much fat, it can be balanced with beef, but with no more than half of the mutton content.[3]


Legendary origin

Formerly, robbers lived dan Buzau Mountains. One day they caught a sheep, and to get supplies, they went to town to turn it into pastrama and sausages. The people of Buzău learned the method of making sausages, and they noticed that the sheep which is used to make sausage was better, due to the basement area of Buzău rich salt deposits, which gives the meat a special taste and aroma especially.

It is also claimed that Napoleon, retreating after the disastrous Russian campaign would have stopped one night in Buzau, in a house where he ate sausages Pleşcoi. With the much appreciated, the Emperor won for the return route, several kilograms of sausages. But it turns out that Napoleon is known more for his lack of taste in the kitchen. Then, any credible enough source, mentions the passage of Napoleon by Romania to the return of Russia.

Serbian origin

A second story, seeming a little more credible, says that the recipe for sausage Pleşcoi is due to a Serbian greengrocer moved to Pleşcoi in the nineteenth century with a Serbian sausage recipe: the Babic. But in a region where the sheep is predominant, unlike Serbia, the merchant was inspired to adapt the recipe to the local stress and new flavors masked by strong spices, and then by drying and smoking sausages.



Today, Traian Papuc is the only licensed producer of the village of Pleşcoi in Buzau.

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