In Southwestern Louisiana, boudin and cracklins are a delicatessen that can be enjoyed any time of the day and year round. I myself love boudin for breakfast. Who am I kidding, I want boudin all the time.
Boudin is made with cooked pork, green onions, parsley, onions, cooked white rice, pork casings along with other spices and seasonings made into sausage form. Once the boudin is formed, it is traditionally steamed or boiled to heat thoroughly then served with crackers.
Cracklins are made of pork skin, fat and meat that is fried to a crispy texture. Once cooked, cracklins
are seasoned with Cajun spices.
Boudin and cracklins can be found in places like the grocery store, gas stations, restaurants and boudin shops. If you are traveling to or through Louisiana, here a few places that has great boudin and cracklins.
Where to try Boudin and Cracklins:
The Original Ray's Boudin
6028 HWY 182, Opelousas, LA 70570
Don's Specialty Meats
104 HWY 1252, Carencro, LA
730 I-10 S. Frontage Rd., Scott, LA 70583
Billy's Boudin and Cracklins
904 Short Vine St.
Opelousas, LA 70570
Lagneaux's Meat Market
445 Ridge Road
Lafayette, LA 70506
This list may be a little biased because these are some of the go to places for me. Hope you all get to try boudin or cracklins. The taste definitely won't disappoint.
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