Bayou Boudin & Cracklin (White Bean and Tasso Boudin) – Breaux Bridge, LA
Ambiance: Bayou Boudin and Cracklin is a first rate place to stop for a link of boudin: white bean, pork, or seafood! The historic building packs a tremendous amount of charm and the owners, Lisa and Rocky Sonnier, could not be kinder. They also rent out cabins along the bayou, so there are frequently out-of-towners with fun stories of their journeys.
THE WHITE BEAN AND TASSO BOUDIN
Price: 3.69 lb.
Presentation: They’ll heat a link up for you or you can get a pack of frozen links to go. Two good options.
Casing: The casing is mildly crisp, but not enough to eat and the overall style of the filling is not conducive to casing eating.
Meat/Rice Ratio: In this situation the “meat to rice ratio” is really one of bean to rice to meat. And . . . . . . it weighs heavily in favor of the legumes. There are, in fact, only small amounts of seasoning meat.
Texture: Dry and sort of pasty. The beans are mostly mashed. You’ll only find a few whole or half beans interspersed within the filling.
Spice: Medium/Mild – The link has a nice warmth to it.
Overall Flavor: Rather tasty overall. There is a slight smoky taste to the mixture and it is satisfying and filling. Basically it is like taking the white beans that you might have as a side dish and putting that in a casing. More meat (both tasso and bacon are listed on the ingredients) and a little more moisture would add a lot to the link.
Comments: This idea (white beans and tasso) has a lot of potential and with just a little tweaking I think they’d have a real winner here. Still, it is tasty and fun for a change of pace.
Reviewed March 2011