Shawn’s Cajun Meats – Too! in Delcambre, LA = B+ Rated Boudin

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Ambiance: They’re packing a lot into this little building in Delcambre: groceries, specialty meats, frozen foods, and drinks (not to mention some tasty hot boudin). This tiny shrimping village is best known for the blessing of the fleet and the shrimp festival, but Shawn’s is bringing something everyone can use more of: Specialty Meat!

Location: 210 W. Hwy 14, Delcambre, LA 70528  Contact: 337-685-0920  Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00-7:00; Sat 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Sun 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

THE BOUDIN

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Check out the lumpy link. . . . . chunks of pork and whole grains of rice are snuggly encased in this link.

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Price: $3.39 lb.

Presentation: In a warmer at the register. Hand selected and individually wrapped in foil paper.

Casing: A thin, taught, casing that easily snaps and is strong enough for squeezing the filling.

Meat/Rice Ratio: Nearly equal amounts of rice and meat tending to favor the rice.

Texture: The filling is dry with plump grains of rice and various textures of pork. Some of the pork is pulverized and some small chunks are widely interspersed. The pieces of pork are tender to the point of shredding apart. Particles of fresh green onion abound.

Spice: Medium/Mild

Overall Flavor: A distinctly sweet and meaty flavor defines this link. It is tasty and satisfying with plenty of texture and a hint of uniqueness in the recipe.

Comments: Rumor has it that Shawn’s makes a mean chicken boudin as well and I’ll be looking forward to sampling it the next time I’m passing through Delcambre. Make sure to try some of their other specialty sausage creations, particularly the syrup sausage.

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Reviewed October 2009

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