My Culinary Adventure With “Blade Meat” At This Massachusetts Fair
North Attleboro Kid’s Day was the first time I had ever seen the infamous “blade meat.” I was hired as their musical entertainment for the night. But I couldn’t help visit the food tent before I took the stage.
I asked my friends, “What the heck is ‘blade meat?'” because I was intrigued. I had never heard of such a thing. My two girlfriends, Tracy and Heather made me take a bite.
So, What Is “Blade Meat?”
“Blade meat,” has its roots in Portuguese cuisine. This dish features a cut of meat from the shoulder of the cow. After being meticulously sliced and marinated, it’s slowly cooked. The signature note of the dish, however, is its distinct spicy kick. Talk about exciting the taste buds!
The blade meat I ate in North Attleboro came served in a bun. This choice of serving, I learned, is quite popular. A sub roll or bun is the traditional way to serve it.
The Tasteful Experience
With a mixture of anticipation and trepidation, I took my first bite. The heat of the spice hit me first, followed by the rich meaty flavors. I hate to say it, but the sandwich wasn’t exactly to my palate.
The thing about food is, it’s a subjective experience. What might be a delightful flavor sensation for one might not hit the same for another. For me, my heart (or rather my stomach) lies with the traditional, smoky allure of pulled pork or the tender, juicy goodness of a well-cooked brisket sandwich. The spicy extravaganza of the this meat was interesting, yes, but not my preferred choice.
Despite that, I don’t regret trying it! It was an intriguing experience that broadened my horizons. Have you ever tried it? I’m sure they will have it at the Feast of The Blessed Sacrament in New Bedford this weekend! Or, you can make some at home with this recipe: