Homemade Andouille Sausage

Total Time:
2 hr 2 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
12 min
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
about 2 pounds
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless pork butt, 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound pork fat, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup Essence, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon file powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Directions

Combine the pork, pork fat, Essence, paprika, garlic, black pepper, salt, file, chili powder, red pepper, and cumin in a large bowl and mix well. Pass through a food grinder fitted with a coarse die. (Alternately, transfer in 2 batches to a food processor and process until finely ground.) Transfer to a large bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

To test the seasoning, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small skillet, and cook about 2 teaspoons of the mixture. Adjust seasoning, to taste.

Using the sausage attachment on a mixer, stuff the meat into the casings, if being used. Twist and tie off to make 4-inch sausages. Alternately, shape into patties.

Preheat a home smoker to 250 degrees F. Smoke the sausage for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the smoker and use as desired.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.


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