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Andouille Sausage

julie_emac Apr 20, 2008 01:03 PM

I live in Calgary AB Canada, and just recently visited New Orleans and loved the Andoille Sausage that is in so many dishes.

Can anyone tell me where I can buy it in Calgary?

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    johnjohnson78 Jul 11, 2013 06:51 PM

    I've tried the Spolumbos Andouille sausage and while there's nothing wrong with it, it's barely any different in terms of flavour and texture than any of their other spicy pork sausage varieties. Doesn't really fit the bill if what you're looking for is real Andouille.

    I too, would love to find an authentic supply in Calgary. I'd also love to try the Andouille from Okotoks that a previous poster mentioned but it sounds like a fair amount of leg work.

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    1. re: johnjohnson78
      Scary Bill Jul 12, 2013 05:32 AM

      Hirsche Fraser Meats in Okotoks is worth the drive, their sausage is the real deal, very similar, but not identical, to andouille from New Orleans that I used to buy in Toronto. And it is vac packed so it freezes well. Spolombos isn't even close to authentic, I don't know how they can call it andouille. You can also pick up some other products, Hirsche makes many excellent products.

      While there go to Bistro Province, I think their food is exceptional. Also, go to La Cucina, a great little cooking store, with an excellent selection of cookware and food products.

      There are a few good reasons to go to Okotoks.

      Also if you are a Costco person, it isn't as crowded as the ones in Calgary!

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      percyguitar Jul 7, 2013 12:00 PM

      Last time I checked (about 2 months ago) Superstore in Edmonton carried Andouille sausage. I believe Spolumbos Sausage out of Calgary makes an Andouille sausage.

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        danchico Jul 7, 2013 08:08 AM

        superstore has discontinued andouille but the better butcher makes it only certain time of year i have been looking also

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          Philx Oct 26, 2009 06:33 AM

          Freybe's in Vancouver http://www.freybe.com/html/products/l... makes andouille sausage but I do not know how authentic it is. I would think many stores in Calgary stock Freybe's and might be able to order it for you.

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            mgpilk Jun 24, 2010 02:18 PM

            Here's the link to get the best smoked andouille i've ever tasted this side of the border. It's http://hirschemeats.com/ . They are located on the main drag in Okotoks, so you don't have to go too far. They sell both the fresh and the smoked. Don't know if they ship it.

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              Scary Bill Jun 28, 2010 10:21 AM

              Agreed. Hirsche does a very credible job largely because they were approached by the owners of a now defunct Cajun resto in Okotoks who presented Hirsche with a recipe and asked them to reproduce it.

              And, btw, if it ain't smoked (pecan wood preferred) it ain't andouille.

              That said, I'm thinking of smoking this weekend and thought I might try to smoke some of Spolumbo's fresh "andouliie". Can anyone tell me if it seems properly spiced?

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            percyguitar Oct 24, 2009 04:12 PM

            Hmm... I can relate to your quest! I too have been looking for Andouille sausage to no avail here in Edmonton for my jambalaya. I used to buy it from a butchers called Cameron Meats but since they closed I have been unable to find it anywhere. All the substitute sausages mentioned are not the same. If anyone knows of anywhere in Edmonton please let me know (The Farmers Market here doesn't have it) or I will have to make a trip to Calgary.

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              truthserum Oct 19, 2009 02:52 PM

              If you're in the deep South this may be as close as some of the other recommendations. The Best of New Orleans restaurant in Okotoks has several Andouille Sausage dishes, and they have their own recipe sausage made for them by Hirsche Fraser Meats in Okotoks. You can buy it there if you are in for a bit of a road trip.

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                teenincalgary Oct 8, 2009 01:28 PM

                I'm from Louisiana and need andouille in lots of receipes, so I know who carries it but you have to keep after them to keep it stocked. They are The Cookbook Company on 11th avenue, SW in Calgary. Friendly folks but not on top of their game re keeping some things in stock, and they're a little high priced but, hey, for those of us who love the true, Louisiana, smoked andouille they will get it for you. Sooner or later.

                1. ByeByeBaby Apr 21, 2008 11:06 AM

                  No line on andouille sausage, but I was thrilled to find file powder (the traditional winter thickener for gumbo) at Community Natural Foods, in the jarred bulk herbs section. (It's filed under "s" for "sassafras leaves".) I was less thrilled to burn my pinky while making a roux for my gumbo.

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                    SpudMurphy Apr 21, 2008 11:32 AM

                    I was in New Orleans last November and was also on the quest for andouille. I found it at the Calgary Farmer's Market, far left entrance. The deli to the right as you walk in the door, across from Innisfail growers. Their andouille is excellent.

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                      julie_emac Apr 22, 2008 09:25 PM

                      Great, I'll give it a try, go to the Market all the time. Thanks

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                        crazy_eoj Jun 28, 2010 10:52 AM

                        I'm not sure if more than one place has it at the Farmer's Marker, but Spragg's Meat definately carries it I noticed it there just this past weekened.

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                        julie_emac Apr 22, 2008 09:24 PM

                        Now I know where to buy file powder when I run out of the stuff I brought back from New Orleans..........thanks!

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                        cancowboy Apr 20, 2008 11:18 PM

                        Spolumbo's has it in their list of products that they wholesale.
                        Maybe they will sell you some or point you at a retailer.

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                          Zydecopapa Apr 21, 2008 09:16 AM

                          I have bought Andouille right from Spolumbo's on 9th, but it is not smoked. I use Regina's (Crossroads Farmer's Market) Smoked Chirizo for Gumbo and Jambalaya.

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                            julie_emac Apr 22, 2008 09:23 PM

                            Thanks, I"ll give them a try, bring their sandwiches in all the time for business lunches.

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                              sidepockets Oct 9, 2009 08:31 AM

                              I have tried the Andouille from Spolumbo's and can report that it is simply a pork sausage with cumin and other chili spices - nothing like the real thing.

                            2. sharonanne Apr 20, 2008 08:37 PM

                              I've seen andouille sausage in Calgary but trying to think where. I'll keep an eye out.
                              I disagree with Epicurious, none of those sausages would be spiced properly.

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                                sarah galvin Apr 20, 2008 08:39 PM

                                I think they were only considering the 'smokiness' rather than spices.

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                                  sharonanne Apr 21, 2008 06:18 AM

                                  Probably but andouille without spiciness is like....April with snow!

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                                    fmed Apr 21, 2008 09:09 AM

                                    I can't help with sources (I'm from Vancouver), but smoked dried spicy Spanish chorizo is a good alternative.

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                                      julie_emac Apr 22, 2008 09:23 PM

                                      And we all know it never snows in April in Calgary!!! :))

                                2. sarah galvin Apr 20, 2008 04:39 PM

                                  This recipe from Epicurious might give you some ideas. It suggests that smoked bratwurst,smoked kielbasa or smoked Hungarian sausage are a good substitute. Maybe Jan's on Crowchild would be able to help you.


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                                  1. re: sarah galvin
                                    julie_emac Apr 22, 2008 09:22 PM

                                    Thanks Sarah, I've gotten some really good leads from asking my question. I actually tried Jan's on Saturday and they didn't know what I was talking about :) the rest of their meat is excellent though !

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