Saucier’s Sausage Kitchen – Near Mamou = B- Rated Boudin
Ambiance: Saucier’s Sausage Kitchen is the definition of “Ambiance.” First the location is marked by several weather-beaten hand painted signs: some of which are virtually unreadable; second you have to take several dirt roads to find it; third you have to honk your horn to let the owners know that they have a customer (so they can come out of the house); fourth there is nothing around but rice fields; fifth, they keep their boudin in a little insulated cooler and only have a few links on hand at any given time, sixth the owner will happily show you his very old-school smoker room (the smoker is a metal cart, the bottom of a 50 gallon steel drum, and piece of metal roofing).
Location: 2064 Saucier Road off the Lanse Meg Road, in the country between Mamou and Eunice.
Price: $2.49 lb. (a bargain in 2009)
Presentation: A uniquely beautiful presentation. It is kept warm in a small insulated cooler on the counter. Mrs. Saucier will pull it from the cooler with a pair of long tongs.
Casing: The link is cut into pieces (unless you direct otherwise), so the casing is compromised. However, it is pliable and conducive to the squeezing technique if that is what you so desire.
Meat/Rice Ratio: More rice than meat.
Texture: A loosely packed link with lots fluffy (if overcooked) and moist rice. Limited onion and other greens.
Overall Flavor: An “off” flavor is detectable amidst the peppery and fatty filling.
Comments: This is a must stop for anyone looking for a little boudin adventure. Check them out. You’ll be better for it.
Reviewed November 2009