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Boudin vs. Andouille: Which Cajun Sausage is Better?

Do you ever visit your favorite Cajun food restaurant – Razzoo’s Cajun Café of course – take one look at the menu, and go “what the heck is that?!”

We’re got some “funny” names on the menu, and that’s simply because Cajuns have a language all their own and many Cajun ingredients just sound funny. Sound funny…but taste awesome!

For example, you might notice that we’ve got two types of Cajun sausage listed in various dishes across the menu: Boudin and Andouille. Not sure what either one is? Want to know which is better? Read on as Razzoo’s Cajun Café explains:

Boudin

Boudin is one of those staples of Cajun cooking. Just take a drive through the Cajun country of Louisiana and you’ll see many a gas station offering hot boudin! Boudin dates back to the 1800s when French and Spanish settlers were moving into Louisiana. Times were hard, people were hungry, and they did everything they could to stretch the meat they had. So, when they made sausage, they started adding rice as a filler to make it go further. Boudin is made a variety of ways, but each is made of a combination of meat, rice, and spices.

Andouille

Andouille sausage is the “high brow” counterpart to boudin. Andouille became popular as French settlers came over and began settling the cities of Louisiana. These city folk began making Andouille with pork, spices, garlic, onion, and wine and using it in their Creole cooking. Each batch is smoked twice to really draw out the flavors and spices in each bite.

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Can we pick a favorite? No way! Both are delicious! Try them both by ordering our Boudin Balls for a starter, then order our delicious Cajun Combo Skillet for an entrée, complete with grilled Andouille sausage, shrimp creole, crawfish etoufee, and red beans ‘n’ rice.

We’ll save a seat for you at Razzoo’s Cajun Café for the best Cajun food in Texas!




What the Heck is Boudin, Anyway?!

If you have any knowledge of classic Cajun cuisine, then you’ve heard of the fabled – and famously delicious – boudin sausage. We’ve had our fair share of first-timers visit Razzoo’s Cajun Café and skeptically ask, “what the heck is boudin?!,” so we are here to set the record straight on this staple of Cajun cooking.

 

It all started with the boucheries.

 

Boucheries date back to a time when refrigeration was non-existent and Cajuns cooked up every ounce of meat before it went bad. A Cajun cookout of epic proportions, a boucherie was an all day party where the entire hog was cooked over an open fire and every last ounce of meat was used up in some form or fashion. The result: delicious boudin sausage.

 

No, it’s not just pork.

 

Early Cajuns blended all of their favorites and created greatness. Boudin goes beyond just the pork. Sure, the pork is the highlight, but boudin wouldn’t be boudin without the perfect blend of pork, rice, onions, and Cajun seasoning, all enclosed in a natural casing. Boudin can be served grilled, boiled, fried, or smoked – all are delicious.

 

Razzoo’s: Cajun boudin sausage at it’s finest.

 

Each establishment has their own specialty blend, and here at Razzoo’s, we tend to think ours is the best boudin around.

In fact, we couldn't find anything we liked from the typical sausage distributors, so we searched high and low until we found one worthy of putting our name on. We found the winner in amazing boudin from Poche's Specialty Meats in Breaux Bridge, LA. Our menu is laced with their boudin sausage goodness, but here are a few suggestions to get you started:

 

·      Boudin Balls: One of our most popular appetizers, and for good reason! Chow down on boudin balls, battered and fried to crispy perfection. You will not be disappointed!

·      Boudin Stuffed Chicken: Chicken breast served over delicious boudin sausage, it’s a match made in Cajun heaven. Accompanied by veggies and potato mashers, you’ll be rolling out of the restaurant.

·      Traditional Boudin: There’s nothing wrong with sticking to the original. Linked boudin sausage served over Cajun dirty rice.

Enjoy boudin and the best Cajun food in Texas this week at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!