In 1497 Jews in Portugal were given the choice of either being expelled from the country or converting to Christianity. In order not to attract the attention of the Portuguese authorities they started to make sausages with other meats, such as poultry and game which were mixed with bread. The sausages tasted good and in time became popular amongst Christians who started to add pork to them. Alheira sausages made today may contain any type or combination of meats. The geographical area of production of “Alheira Mirandela” is limited to the municipality of Mirandela.