Tocchetto di Lucera
Place of Origin
Tocchetto di Lucera is a pork sausage of flat shape. Its origins go back to the time of the transhumance when shepherds brought with them this piece of meat to eat during the long journey from the Dauni mountains to the plains of the Tavoliere delle Puglie.
It is thought that the flat shape of the Tocchetto was due to the fact that the shepherds used to put the sausage under the saddle.
It is a product with a sweet and fruity taste, the result of aromas of all of local spices used in the brine.
Tocchetto di Lucera is made using boneless pork loin. This is first hand-cut in pieces, then salted, flavoured and left in brine for a week. After seven days the mixture is stuffed into cleaned guts and hung to dry for some days.
It is then pressed under wooden planks and matured for about 30 days. Each piece of Tocchetto has a weight between 200 and 400 grams.
The production of Tocchetto is limited, to be able to buy one will you need to order one of the local butchers.
Tocchetto di Lucera can be paired with Ostuni Ottavianello DOP or with San Severo Rosso DOP.