French Andouillettes

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French Andouillettes

Postby The Idiot » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:42 pm

People seem to have a love/hate thing with Andouillettes. Me? I love them. I’ve been eating them for years, both in England and in France. It was inevitable that one day I’d have a go at making them. There's a bit of a back story to this experiment, and because there might be sensitive folk here it's over on my blog if anyone has any interest in it!

The lack of formulations for Andouillette drove me to improvise, as did the availability of certain ingredients. Now, if you’re a rabid Frenchie with a certificate from the Institute of Andouillettes, don’t bother telling me I’m wrong. The goal was to make something with the taste and texture of what I’d happily accept as an Andouillette.

Recent research in Lyon indicated some pork meat content in the better ones. There was also some undercurrent of bacon in there.

The experiment was an initial small batch, so it's simple to scale up.

500g pig’s stomach
500g pig’s large intestine
500g pig’s uterus
500g pork shoulder
200g smoked bacon lardons
2 tsp Quatre Epices (mine is 6 parts black pepper, 1 each of ginger, cloves and nutmeg)
2 hefty pinches of salt
I coffee cup of rough red wine
Milk
One onion studded with cloves

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I popped the stomach, intestine and uterus into a large saucepan, added milk till they were covered, and then chucking in the onion studded with cloves. This was simmered for around 30 minutes.

Drained the innards and mince on a very coarse plate along with pork shoulder and lardons. When mincing innards, they do splatter a bit, so cover the outlet with your hand. I didn’t, and have a sheen of uterus up the walls.

Once minced, added the Quatre Epices, two generous pinches of coarse salt and put into the fridge for 24 hours to allow the spices to infuse.

The next day add the red wine and stuff. I used hog casings. Typically, Andouillettes would go into something larger, but I’d only made a small amount as a trial, and it seemed simpler to use smaller casings.

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Once stuffed, the sausages went back into the fridge to rest for another 24 hours.

So, what are they like? The spicing is delicate, which will allow any sauce to add its magic without having to be too powerful so it can fight the spice. It could take more, but for me the taste of the sausage shouldn’t be too spiced.

The texture is very good, with enough bite without being chewy, but also not so soft it feels like a ground product. You know there’s innards in there!

The taste? Well, it has the balance and depth of pigness that good Andouillette has!
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Re: French Andouillettes

Postby onewheeler » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:50 pm

Nice. :drool: You weren't tempted to make andouillettes à la ficelle then? Most of the recipes I've seen major on chitterlings / small intestine plus rumen. Uterus? Not sure about that bit! Chitterlings are 'kin expensive here so I've only had them in French restaurants. I suspect the dog food man has cornered the UK market. Where did you get the bits?

Good blog too. Brings back happy memories of Lyonaisse restaurants. Must pester my customer that he needs me... :-)

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Re: French Andouillettes

Postby Dingo » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:41 pm

Awesome!
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Re: French Andouillettes

Postby Swing Swang » Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:12 pm

Apologies if resurrecting an old post isn't the done thing on this site, but I've just got myself a packet of these bad boys from a boucher in Annecy and am going to cook them up for breakfast tomorrow. Yumsk!
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Re: French Andouillettes

Postby wheels » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:34 pm

I tried them in Normandy - YUK!

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Re: French Andouillettes

Postby Swing Swang » Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:19 pm

Actually I quite enjoyed mine - basically 'tripe sausage' and certainly not worthy of the bad press that they get elsewhere on the web:

Emptied into a roasting pan with a little oil and cooked at 120C for about 40mins and finished off at 180C to brown off. Then served with a pasta bourguignon:

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Re: French Andouillettes

Postby wheels » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:40 pm

They don't look like the ones I had in France? Your's look yummy.

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Re: French Andouillettes

Postby Swing Swang » Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:56 am

Maybe it's down to regional variations? Maybe someone who knows more about French sausage will enlighten us. Actually I enjoyed these so much that I'm tempted to develop a Tripe and Onion pudding stuffed into beef runners that I will christen (wait for it), "The Tao of Moo"!
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