Louisiana Signature Dish: Boudin
Boudin, a spicy Cajun sausage, is one of the region's most popular eat-on-the-go foods.
What is boudin?
Boudin is traditionally a blend of cooked pork, rice, onions, peppers and seasonings stuffed into a sausage casing, although boudin makers today sometimes get creative with unusual fillings like seafood.
How do I say boudin?
This authentically Cajun item is pronounced “boo-dan,” but we know it’s an unusual word. If you’re afraid of getting tongue-tied, just ask for a “link.” We’ll know what you mean.
How do I eat boudin?
Promptly. Most locals don’t even make it out of the parking lot with their links, they just squeeze the filling right out of the casing and into their mouths. (Some folks eat the casing, too). If that sounds too messy, just spread the filling on a cracker or between slices of bread. Though popular for breakfast, boudin is eaten all day long here.
What else can I make with boudin?
One simple (and simply delicious) way to enjoy it is to make boudin balls. Just remove the sausage from its casing and roll it into balls, then bread and deep fry it until perfectly crisp. They’re great on their own, but even better dipped in a creole mustard sauce. Or for something decidedly different, put a savory spin on a classic Mardi Gras treat by making a boudin king cake. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Spicy boudin is baked inside a slightly sweet egg-based cake to create a Cajun taste sensation!
Where can I try boudin?
As the capital of Cajun Country, Lafayette is known for its bounty of boudin and the city has even put together a Cajun Boudin Trail that leads you to the best examples. The trail of delicious boudin continues through the Lake Charles area on the SWLA Boudin Trail, also lined with tons of restaurants and local dives serving up hot links. The best boudin is made in-house and is often found at gas stations, meat shops and independent grocers. A favorite is The Best Stop Supermarket in the town of Scott.