Su zurette

Barbargia, Sardinia

Su zurette – Photo & text Sarnow

Sheep blood pudding, which is considered the most ancient dishes in the world, is still made in Barbargia for festivals or for the sheep shearing at the end of the Spring. Sheep’s blood flavoured with herbs and flavoured with grated cheese and mixed with entrails is poured into a sheep’s stomach as if it was a container.

The stomach is then sewn with a needle and thread and is cooked in boiled water or roasted over an open fire until it becomes semi-solid.

This dish, known as “zurrette” is not far from corresponding traditional ” haggis” from the Scottish “highlands”.