Although Boudin isn’t uniquely Cajun (or Creole), if you say boudin I automatically think of Cajun food which is actually boudin blanc..the white (no blood) sausage of Louisiana that consists of pork, rice and seasonings. I realize there are other variations but it’s the boudin I have known.
The beauty of boudin in Louisiana is that other then the basic equation of pork rice, and seasonings, the recipe used by every butcher shop and town store is probably slightly different with more distinct differences noticeable as you go from region to region. You can hop over to wikipedia for a general breakdown of boudin types.
Today we are going to review Bodin’s Hot Boudin – hot meaning spice of course. This is a fairly well known boudin and it can be purchased frozen from several sites online including Cajun Grocer, one of my favorite online stores.
This is a pre-cooked product so you are just heating it through (to at least 160 degrees of course). I steamed 3 links in about a 1/4 cup of water with the lid on and then added a little olive oil to make the skin crispy but pliable. Once it was done I split the first link open..
And as you can see, rice, pork, and seasonings. This particular brand had nice flavor and good heat. I always find the frozen boudin products to be a little gummy but what are you going to do except enjoy it or get down to Cajun country for a boudin run? (And I feel one of those runs coming on soon!).
Overall, this is a good product with nice flavor and decent heat and I would buy it again.
Ingredients: Cooked rice, pork meat, water, dried onion, salt, brown kwik, dried parsley, dried green onion, flavoring, spices.
Another Chicken sausage, this one from Esposito’s in New York.
This is a fine ground sausage with a good amount of fennel and fair amount of heat. This does in fact taste like a Hot Italian Sausage but I don’t think it rises to Esposito’s regular Hot Italian Sausage.
BUT, if you like or prefer chicken sausage and you like italian sausage, I’m telling you that this is probably the sausage for you. The flavors would hold up very nicely in a pot of sauce or better yet, stuff a couple of these into some good bread with some onions and peppers and you have a healthier sausage sub with no discernible difference in taste with a premium pork italian sausage.
One thing that impresses me about Esposito’s chicken sausages is the ingredients. I’m a firm believer that in order to have a quality product you have to start with quality ingredients and Esposito’s gets that right with their chicken sausages.
While a traditional pork italian hot sausage would be my first choice, I wouldn’t hesitate to order this sausage again.
Ingredients: Chicken, water, salt, fennel, pepper, paprika.
If you’ve ever been to New Mexico (or surrounding areas) when the Hatch Chiles come in, you know the pleasure of watching these beauties getting roasted and then taking some home and making some fresh green pork chili or just adding them to some eggs in the morning. One of the great eating experiences in life as far as I’m concerned.
I recently received a small shipment of Sausages (gratis) from Stan at Simply Sausage out of Landover Maryland (thanks Stan!). I’ll be posting reviews on some of his varieties in the near future but when I opened the box and saw the chicken with hatch chiles, I knew right away what I was having for breakfast this morning.
The first thing I noticed on the packaging is, much like the chicken sausage from one of my other favorite sausage makers Esposito’s in New York, all the items listed are ingredients I’m betting you’re familiar with and have in your kitchen. We talk about the simplicity of a good sausage from time to time and if you start with quality ingredients, you more often then not finish with a quality sausage. Simply Sausage gets that right with this product.
This came as a raw product so I steamed the sausage for a few minutes in about 2 tbs of water with the lid on. I then put about 1 tbs of olive oil in the pan and tended the sausage for about 4-5 minutes at medium heat so it could brown just slightly and evenly. I measured the internal temperature to be 165 degrees and took them out of the pan to rest a few minutes.
The grind on this was very fine all the way through the sausage and when cut open it had small flecks of spice, some of which I assumed to be hatch chiles. The sausages were beautifully seasoned and gave off a fabulous garlic aroma when cooking that mellowed to just the slightest hint of garlic when eaten. Unlike a hot smoked sausage, the heat was reminiscent of a good pork chili where it starts small and grows slowly and warmly as you move towards the bottom of the bowl (or towards the last bite of sausage in this case).
This is an excellent sausage and as good a chicken sausage as I’ve eaten. Quite frankly, if you didn’t tell me this was chicken, I would have guessed pork. I would definitely purchase this sausage again and would recommend spending some time on their website as they offer a large selection of fresh sausages.
Ingredients: Chicken, hatch green chiles, beer, salt, garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, and black pepper.
One thing I’ve noticed over the years..when it comes to what is “hot”, opinions vary. Greatly. Judging by the spice level in their Hot Smoked Sausage, the folks at Homestyle Foods understand hot.
I picked up a package of their Hot Smoked Sausage on a recent trip to Kroger. This is a medium grind sausage that has the right amount of smoke and a large dose of heat. In fact, if you like your smoked sausage to be spicy, this is your sausage. After cooking and slicing off a few pieces, I decided the heat was a bit much for my palate and slapped two pieces on a nice roll I had picked up at Panera’s earlier in the day. I added some sauteed bell peppers and some mayo to cool things down a bit and quite frankly, it was still almost to spicy hot for me. One note. I’m a fan of sage sausage and since sage is listed as the number 3 ingredient, I expected a little more sage flavor but I didn’t pick up on any.
Considering that I find most sausages that are labeled hot to be anything but, I would buy this product again whenever I’m looking for that extra heat.
Ingredients: Pork, salt, sage, red pepper, msg, dextrose, sugar, black pepper, flavorings, sodium nitrite.