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Boudin Blanc with Cheese

Boudin Blanc with CheeseBoudin is a type of Cajun sausage deeply rooted in Louisianian cookery, and is made with a variety of meats, fillers and seasonings. This tasty version of the sausage was created by Chef Jamie Bissonnette. Chef Jamie serves his homemade boudin with "spaghetti squash choucroute" (pickled squash) and whole grain mustard, but you can serve boudin anyway you like, including for breakfast or with any other meal of the day...as well as with pickled cabbage, better known as sauerkraut.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 pounds boneless pork butt, cut in 1/4-inch dice
1 pound mixed boneless chicken, cut in 1/4-inch dice
1 pound pork fat back, cut in 1/4-inch dice
2 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pound Wisconsin Muenster cheese, cut in 1/4-inch dice
Kosher salt to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Grind meats and fat through meat grinder using plate with small (1/8-inch) openings.
  2. Place ground mixture in large bowl of standing mixer and add all ingredients except cheese and salt. Mix with paddle attachment. Fold cheese into the farce.
  3. Case sausages in pork hank, twisting to form 4-ounce links. Dry for 1 hour in walk-in cooler.
  4. To poach, bring 4 to 5 gallons of water to a boil. When boiling, turn off heat. Add sausage and cover with lid. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes or until sausages reach interior temperature of 145°F (approximately 60°C).
  5. Cool sausages on sheet pan lined with kitchen towels. Store in refrigerator up to 5 days.
  6. To reheat: Grill, broil or bake sausage until hot. The sausages can be made into patties and sautéed until cooked through.

Makes 24 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.