Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ingredient of the Day

Today's ingredient find is a great one:  Aidell's All Natural Cajun Style Andouille

INGREDIENTS: PORK, WATER, SALT, SPICES (INCLUDING RED,WHITE AND BLACK PEPPER), GARLIC, SUGAR, PAPRIKA, CELERY POWDER AND DEHYDRATED ONION.

No MSG, no nitrites, and onion is the very last ingredient.  Even my wife, who can't handle cooked onions, can tolerate onion powder or dehydrated onion.  This has really opened up my ability to make jambalaya and red beans and rice.  My tip for cooks is to brown up the andouille in olive oil before adding to recipes, even though it comes pre-cooked.  I cut it lengthwise, brown the inside and out, and then slice it and brown both sides of the half-moon pieces. 

I'm checking into whether the vinegar in their chorizo is safe for migraine patients.  If so, this would be a great addition to a lot of Mexican dishes.  There are many other sausages on their website, including some organic  versions, that might be just what you need for one of your recipes.  Enjoy!