|3||ft||hog sausage casing |
|3||pound||pork, lean boneless trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces |
|4||cup||onions, chopped large |
|1||each||bay leaf, crumbled |
|6||each||whole black peppercorns |
|1||cup||green pepper, chopped coarsely |
|1||cup||choped parsley |
|1||tablespoon||garlic, minced |
|2 1/2||cup||white rice, cooked fresh |
|1||tablespoon||sage leaves |
|1 ||pepper, freshly ground |
|12||cup||green onions, chopped coarsely |
|2 1/2||teaspoon||cayenne pepper |
|Boudin is the French term fo the blood sausage, or 'pudding', made|
with the blood of the pig. Boudin blanc is a white sausage made with
pork but no blood. This Louisiana version adds rice and is even
whiter. Makes 3 sausages, each about 30 inches long.
Place the sausage casing in a bowl. Pour in enough warm water to
cover it and soak for 2 - 3 hours, until it is soft and pliable.
Meanwhile, put the pork in a heavy 4-5 quart casserole and add
enough water to cover it by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat
and skim off the foam and scum that rise to the surface. Add 2 cups
of onion, the bayleaf, peppercorns and 1 tsp salt. Reduce heat to low
and simmer, partially covered, for 1 1/2 hours.
With a slotted spoon, transfer the chunks of pork to a plate. Put
the pork, the remaining 2 cups of onions, the green pepper, parsley,
green onions and garlic through the medium blade of a food grinder and
place the mixture in a deep bowl. Add the rice, sage, cayenne and
black pepper and the remaining 4 tsp of salt. Knead vigourously with
both hands, then beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth
and fluffy. Taste for seasoning.
To make each sausage, tie a knot 3 inches from one end of a length
of the casing. Fit the open end over the funnel (or 'horn') on the
sausage making attachment of a meat grinder. Then ease the rest of
the casing onto the funnel, squeezing it up like the folds of an
Spoon the meat mixture into the mouth of the grinder and, with a
wooden pestle, push it through into the casing. As you fill it, the
casing will inflate and gradually ease away from the funnel in a
ropelike coil. Fill the casing to within an inch or so fo the funnel
end but do not try to stuff it too tightly, or it may burst. Slip the
casing off the funnel and knot the open end. You may cook the
sausages immediately or refrigerate them safely for five or six days.
Before cooking a sausage, prick the cawsing in five or six places
with a skewer or the point of a small sharp knife. Melt 2 Tbsp of
butter with 1 Tblsp of oil in a heavy 12 inch skillet set over
moderate heat. When the foam begins to subside, place the sausage in
the skillet, coiling it in concentric circles. Turning the sausage
with tongs, cook uncovered for about 10 minutes, or until it is brown
on both sides.