source for Tasso?
Anticipating the fall weather and having a craving for red beans and rice I was going to mail order some andouille and tasso from Comeaux's in Louisiana. But because it has to ship either overnite or 2 day the shipping costs are more than the food.
So... anyone have good local sources for andouille? What about tasso ? - that's the hard one to find - with andouille at least there's Aidells.
Andronico's has an unusually wide selection of sausage -- definitely andouille, maybe Tasso as well.
Aidell's also makes Tasso. I've gotten it at their stand at the Saturday Ferry Building Farmers Market. They don't always put it out, but they often have some in their cooler.
Frankly, there is nothing magic about tasso...its just good dry smoked ham. You can always substitute a good natural ham, like prociutto, Westfalia, real Smithfield, Kentucky or even Missouri ham. I don't mean "Black Forrest" and the phony stuff. Real ham.
If you don't know what good ham is like, try this web site.
Remember, with these hams a little goes a long way.
I've bought both andouille sausage & tasso at Andronico's on Irving. The sausage is in the meat department, and the tasso was in the deli department (very expensive, though). I've seen tasso at Whole Foods as well. I've also found hard-to-find things at the housewife's place, but haven't looked for tasso there. Good luck.