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Where can I buy ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE???

Hi, I am interested in making jambalaya, and I would love to buy the appropriate "andouille sausage" like they have in New Orleans. I live on the westside. Any suggestions???

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  1. Huntington Meats at the Farmers Market - 3rd and Fairfax

    1. Marconda Meats in the 3rd and Fairfax Farmers Market has a good brand. Tasso, too. I imagine Surfas in Culver City would also have these things.

      1. Both butchers at the Farmer's Market. Also, the Whole Foods there on Fairfax has it from time to time.

        1. Not very authentic but Trader Joe's (and Vons I think) carries Cantella's Chicken Andouille Sausage. It's pretty good.

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          1. re: Oh Robin

            I make Jambalaya frequently, and I use the chicken andouille sausages from Trader Joe's and from Gelsons. They work well.

            1. re: brandygirl

              I disagree. They have neither the chunky texture of good andouille, nor the strong spicy/smokey flavor that leeches out and flavors the dish. They're acceptable if I'm serving people who don't eat pork, but that's the only time I'd use them.

              1. re: Bjartmarr

                BTW, if you're serving folks who are REALLY strict about the "no pork products" view, read your "chicken andouille" label really carefully; as Cam the Chowpup announced to me with dismay from TJ's (a couple of weeks ago, over the cell-phone) almost all TJ's smoked sausage is in "natural pork casing".

            1. I lived in New Orleans for 7 years. A lot of the time the locals used Hillshire Farms Polska Kielbasa.

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              1. re: rnp0123

                I have to disagree with you on your comment about the locals using Kielbasa in their Jambalaya, sorry. I was born and raised in New Orleans and neither myself, my family or anyone I know has ever made Jambalaya with anything other than Andouille.

                1. re: kwf0103

                  I lived in N.O. as a kid and remember lots of Kielbasa used in red beans.

                  Maybe the difference is rich folk poor folk black folk and white folk?

              2. Negative on Huntington Meats -- among their wide variety of house-made sausages is an "andouille" that I suppose has New Orleans-style flavorings, but it's not the real thing. Andouille is smoked, and their sausage is made with raw meat. The texture and flavor are completely different.

                I noticed some andouille at Marconda, but I didn't see if it was the real thing. It may be; I noticed they have tasso too.

                You can definitely get real andouille at New Orleans Fish Market. I know I've seen it elsewhere, so I wouldn't rule out the likes of Surfas, but I don't remember for sure.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andouille

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                New Orleans Fish Market
                2212 W Vernon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008

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                1. re: Cicely

                  It's been a while since I got any, but I think the stuff at Marconda is from an outfit in Louisiana. Vacuum-packed in heavy plastic. I used to buy the same stuff back in Nashville.

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    Thank you all for these suggestions. Sounds like Marconda might be the place!

                    1. re: foodhappy

                      Marconda's is the place. They carry Savoie's which is a brand famous in Louisiana for its sausage and also for its roux.

                      http://www.savoiesfoods.com/

                  2. re: Cicely

                    Are you sure about Huntington's andouille not being smoked? The guy behind the counter claimed that it was made on-premises, then sent off-premises to be smoked (and that's why it was displayed in vacuum-sealed plastic bags instead of unbagged like their other sausages). And it tastes smoked, too.

                    Huntingtons also has an unsmoked "Cajun spicy sausage" that would probably be good grilled and on a bun, but I wouldn't put it in with my pot of beans.

                    Last I checked, Marconda had two brands of vacuum-sealed andouille from Louisiana. I tried one brand and it was just garbage. I guess maybe I picked the wrong one.

                    I used to get some fabulous andouille from Ron and Steve's meats on Magnolia in/near Burbank, but they dried up and disappeared. :(

                    1. re: Cicely

                      I can personally attest to the fact that Huntington Meats sells smoked, pre-cooked, vacuum sealed andouille. (No idea what their andouille was like in 2007).

                      Mr Taster

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                      Huntington Meats
                      6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA

                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        They might still sell Savoy or Savoies, but they make their own that is excellent. The German place on Olympic near Bundy or Robertson is also excellent.

                    2. Whole Foods and Henry's Marketplace.

                      1. The Sausage Place on Olympic near Bundy, can not think of name. Huntington has the stuff from Loiusianna, Papa Cantella's makes a pork andouille that is very good also at TJ's. Remember, andouille is smoked, if it ain't smoked, it ain't andouille. You should also grab some tasso ham from Huntington meats, that is also a nice added flavor and very authentic. Surfas also sometimes has this one very serious looking andouille, very course, I forget the name, but very good.

                        1. The Best Store bought Gumbo was found at the Now Gone STEVIES On The STRIP on Crenshaw Blvd. There is another location in Sherman oaks. But the Sausage in stevies gumbo was Hillshire Farms Polska Kilbasa and Pete's from a Block away..... Stevie was a child Actor from New Orleans.

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                          Pete's Louisiana Style Hot Links
                          3701 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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                          1. re: Skunk2Racer

                            Pete's is sausage, very good, but not andouille. Mans, I mights needs to cook mes up somes tonight.

                            1. re: Burger Boy

                              i Didn't say it was andouille....... Sausage SOOOO good it'll make You Slap YO MOMMA! Oh and The Chicken Hot Link from Money savers meats Make You slap Yo momma 2 times LOL

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                              Money Saver's Meats
                              3233 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

                              1. re: Skunk2Racer

                                I hear ya, just wanted to make sure the did not throw it into the gumbo and have it get water logged and break up.Grill them bad boys and make some breakfast sandwiches or eat them straight. And a BIG have mercy to the good folks at Money Saver, they have the BEST chicken links in town, watch out for the XXXHot, it will bite ya!

                          2. There's a place called the Sausage Factory - was on the north side of Olympic Blvd. east of Century City, near Doheny I think. Had real andouille complete with tasso ham inside. Smokin hot and really good. Don't know if its still there.

                            1. Bruce Aidells has an andouille that both Costco and many supermarkets carry. It's far milder that Maraconda's and I'm not sure how authentic it is, but it is tasty. I prefer the spicier variety, but my family opts fro Aidells.

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                              1. re: ebethsdad

                                Just make sure the Aidell's version isn't pre-cooked.

                              2. Haven't been their in a while but the Cheese Store used to bring it in from Louisiana. Cheese Store is on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills just South of Little Santa Monica.

                                1. I usually use Trader Joe's, which is quite good.

                                  1. I make a lot of creole food and my favorite andouille is Jody Maroni's chicken andouille. It's not too salty and is very nicely seasoned. It's complex rather than just being ridiculously hot. You used to be able to buy it at Costco, but no more. Surfas has it sometimes. But you can get it from their LAX shipping center. Call 1-800-HAUTDOG (428-8364). 5lbs. is the minimum order.

                                    1. In New Orleans, when we were stuck we used Hillshire Farm's Polska Kielbasa.

                                      1. The short answer is that you can't. You can buy several commercial brands of andouille from stores already listed, but if you check the ingredients in those there are things like liquid smoke, preservatives, and most are made from ground pork. Most have to be shipped from Louisiana so your retail cost includes shipping anyway.

                                        If you want real andouille made from lean cubed pork shoulder and smoked to perfection, order some from Jacobs http://www.cajunsausage.com/ . We made the creole bean soup recipe from their website, and it was off the charts good.

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                                        1. You can get homemade Andouille Sausage from Voodoo Kitchen in Fullerton,Ca. Mike makes his Sausage from scratch and also fly's his Bread in from New Orleans. He is at the Fullerton Farmers Market on Thursday evenings.

                                          1. The BEST, BEST andouille sausage can be purchased at WURSTKUTCHE (SP?) -- Downtown. Hewitt Street. They will sell you uncooked ones. (It is a restaurant.) Alligator and pork andouille. The BEST.

                                            1. Marconda's Meat Market at The Grove has Savoi's Andoullie Cajun Sausage.

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                                              1. re: TheScaryVoice

                                                Huntington Meats has andoullie as well, though I don't know what brand it is.

                                                Mr Taster

                                                1. I'm not running any ads here but not only does Huntington Meats carry Andouille but Amazon Fresh will deliver it to your house.

                                                  1. European Deluxe Sausage Kitchen -
                                                    they have Cajun Andouille there...I just picked some up

                                                    9109 W Olympic Blvd
                                                    Beverly Hills, CA 90212
                                                    (310) 276-1331