How to make Boudin – Cajun stuffed Blood Sausage

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The Best Boudin

If you love Cajun recipes then you’re going to love Boudin.  And this recipe is by far the best I’ve ever had and I’m not just saying that, either.  I’m telling you that this is hands down 1st place, blue ribbon material right here.  This recipe could easily compete with Dj’s, Zummo’s or your grandma and grandpa’s recipe, it’s that good!

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Boudin Dressing

Once you’ve cooked the bulk of this recipe it can be served as is, turned into sausage links or rolled into Boudin Balls and deep fried.  The majority of the ingredients is virtually the same for all 3 recipes, only one is served as a dressing, one get’s stuffed like sausage and the other gets dipped in an egg wash and breaded before they’re fried.  They are all delicious and fun to make but today we’re going to focus on stuffing hog casings to create Links that can be smoked, grilled, baked or pan fried.

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Stuffing Boudin into Casings

In order to stuff the casings, however, you’re going to need a mixer with a meat grinder and horn attachments to form the links.  Another thing you’re going to need, obviously, is the casings themselves.  You can purchase Hog, Lamb or edible artificial casings from your local butcher or order them online.  I was fortunate enough to find Hog Casings, here locally, at my Harmon’s Grocery store.  They matched the bone marrow price in the meat department, which ran about $1.29 per pound, and 1 lbs. of these Hog casings goes a long way.  Plus they store in your refrigerator for up to six months if you keep them soaking in salt water.

Remember that Mardi Gras is in full swing, starting today(Fat Tuesday), so be sure to check out Crawfish Etouffee and my Homemade Jambalaya recipes.

Boudin Ingredients:

4 cups white rice, cooked
1 lbs Ground Andouille Sausage
1/2 lbs Chicken liver
1 Celery stalk, chopped
1/2 Red Onion, chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 Jalapenos, chopped
1 Bell Pepper, chopped
1/2 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
1/2 cup Scallions

2 Cups Chicken Broth
1 Cup Clam Juice
2 tbs Butter
1 tbs kosher salt
2 tbs freshly ground black pepper
1 tbs Worcestershire
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup Red Wine

Use Hog, Lamb or Artificial Casings for Stuffing the Boudin.

Mexican Style Grilled Corn on the Cob

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The Best Corn on the Cob

This Mexican Style Corn on the Cob recipe, otherwise known as Elotas, is the absolute best way to grill your corn.  It’s the street style Corn on the Cob you get from the push carts in L.A. so I’m tellin’ ya, you’ve got a winner here with this recipe.  It’s absolutely, hands down, the best Corn on the Cob I have ever had!

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

I find that the best Corn on the Cob always tastes better when it’s been grilled.  In the video tutorial, I just use an electric grill for filming but it’s not even close to the same thing.  So if you’ve got an outside grill with propane or some charcoal, that’s definitely the way to go.  The smoke and the flame will take the Elotas to a whole new level.  Also, be sure to use regular Mayonnaise, not light.  You’ll cheat the flavor.  The Cheese I used here is a Mexican Cheese called Catija but you can use Queso Fresca or even just Parmesan if that’s all you’ve got.  It really won’t make that big of a difference.  Just don’t replace any other ingredients unless you want to stick to plain chili powder instead of the taco seasoning.

Other grilling and picnic style recipes, including my Hawaiian Mac Salad and Coleslaw, are listing in these links here below.

CLICK HERE for Hawaiian Mac Salad
CLICK HERE for Coleslaw

Mexican Style Corn on the Cob Ingredients:

5 Corn Cobs
1 Lime, juiced
1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 pkg Taco Seasoning
1/2 cup Catija Cheese, grated
1 cube Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup mayonnaise

Be sure to watch the video tutorial and Grill your Corn on the Cob for 8 to 10 Minutes, constantly turning, over Medium High Heat and top with all of the above ingredients.

Barbecue Spare Ribs – P.F. Chang’s Barbecue Sauce

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This Barbecue Spare Ribs recipe is fall off the bone tender and absolutely delicious.  The best part is, you can use any barbecue sauce you want and still get the same results.  So if you’ve already got a favorite recipe you like to whip up or one that is already bottled, you can skip the barbecue sauce preparation altogether.  Just a rack of ribs and a cup of sauce is all you’re going to need to bake these ribs to perfection.

The secret lies in the slow and low method.  This recipe takes a total of 3 hours from beginning to end but it is worth it.  As you can see in my video recipe tutorial, the meat will just melt in your mouth.  And as far as P.F. Chang’s recipe is concerned, the truth is, this recipe is better and I say that for two reasons.  First, Chang’s doesn’t season their ribs; just a barbecue sauce marinade for 24 hours. Second, they cook their ribs in half the time I’m recommending and at a higher temperature, so the ribs aren’t as tender.  That being said, I highly suggest that you use this slow and low method if you want the best results.

Barbecue Spare Ribs Ingredients:

1 rack Spare Ribs
1 cup Barbecue Sauce
1 tbsp Seafood Boil Seasoning (Zatarains, Slap Ya Mama or Old Bay), optional

CLICK HERE for P.F. Chang’s Barbecue Sauce recipe

Clean and cut Ribs.  Bake covered at 300 degrees f for 2 1/2 hours.  Then bake uncovered at 350 degrees f for 20 minutes.