Andouille is a spicy and smoked Cajun sausage that is made with ground pork, spices and onions. It has its roots in the French immigrants who came to southeastern Louisiana from Canada. It is popular in gumbo and jambalaya.
Types of Andouille
The first type of andouille is andouillet, which has its origins in France. It is made with tripe and pork intestines and has a milder flavour. The Cajun-style andouille has a smoky flavour and is more spicier.
Uses of Andouille
Aside from gumbo and jambalaya, andouille can be used as a breakfast sausage with grits and eggs. It can also be used in pasta dishes, Mexican dishes and savoury pies.
Popular Andouille Brands
Some major producers of andouille sausage in Louisiana include Savoie's, Richard's, DD Patton's Sausage and Manda's.
Where To Purchase Andouille
If you live in Louisiana, your local supermarket will have various brands of andouille to choose from. If you live elsewhere, there are local companies that sell it online.
A relative of andouille sausage is tasso, which is made from the shoulder butt, in a salt cure, and made with spices such as cayenne pepper.