To my astonishment, after procrastinating for weeks in getting an andouille recipe for this page, I received this recipe in email from Chef John Folse! Consider this the ultimate source.
Chef Folse said he is a regular visitor to The Creole and Cajun Recipe Page, and to say I am honored may well be the understatement of the century. Many thanks to Chef Folse for passing this along.
Louisiana-style andouille is fabulous; spicy, meaty, and coarse-ground; you can even see the grain of the meat in good andouille. Louisiana-style andouille is not to be confused with continental French andouillette, which is a tripe sausage and is (in my opinion) icky.
Take it away, Chef Folse ...
Andouille (pronounced "ahn-DOO-wee") is the Cajun smoked sausage so famous nationally today. Made with pork butt, shank and a small amount of pork fat, this sausage is seasoned with salt, cracked black pepper and garlic. The andouille is then slowly smoked over pecan wood and sugar cane. True andouille is stuffed into the beef middle casing which makes the sausage approximately one and a half inches in diameter. When smoked, it becomes very dark to almost black in color. It is not uncommon for the Cajuns to smoke andouille for seven to eight hours at approximately 175 degrees.
Traditionally, the andouilles from France were made from the large intestines and stomach of the pig, seasoned heavily and smoked. In parts of Germany, where some say andouille originated, the sausage was made with all remaining intestines and casings pulled through a larger casing, seasoned and smoked. It was served thinly sliced as an hors d'oeuvre.
It is interesting to note that the finest andouille in France comes from the Brittany and Normandy areas. It is believed that over half of the Acadian exiles who came to Louisiana in 1755 were originally from these coastal regions.
Cube pork butt into one and a half inch cubes. Using a meat grinder with four one quarter inch holes in the grinding plate, grind pork and pork fat. If you do not have a grinding plate this size, I suggest hand cutting pork butt into one quarter inch square pieces.
- 5 pounds pork butt
- 1/2 pound pork fat
- 1/2 cup chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup cracked black pepper
- 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dry thyme
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 6 feet beef middle casing (see butcher or specialty shop)
Place ground pork in large mixing bowl and blend in all remaining ingredients. Once well blended, stuff meat into casings in one foot links, using the sausage attachment on your meat grinder. Tie both ends of the sausage securely using a heavy gauge twine.
In your homestyle smoker, smoke andouille at 175-200°F for approximately four to five hours using pecan or hickory wood. The andouille may then be frozen and used for seasoning gumbos, white or red beans, pastas or grilling as an hors d'oeuvre.
Chef John Folse
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