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What to do with Tasso? [Split from Site Talk]

johnnyb510 Dec 27, 2012 04:25 PM

I've brought back Tasso from New Orleans...what can I do with it besides flavoring bean dishes?

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    ricepad Dec 27, 2012 11:15 PM

    I received some Tasso in a gift basket this year, and I'm going to use it in gumbo. Still haven't decided on a recipe yet, tho.

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      fourunder Dec 27, 2012 11:17 PM

      Shrimp and Grits......Maverick Style from the Maverick Kitchens in Charleston.....Slightly North of Broad aka SNOB.

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        sedimental Dec 27, 2012 11:41 PM

        I had a really great eggs Benedict recently with Tasso (cubed) in the hollandaise.

        1. deet13 Dec 28, 2012 12:00 AM

          You can dice tasso up and add it to jambalaya, gravy, dressing, or crab cakes.

          1. LindaWhit Jan 16, 2013 09:32 AM

            Put it into étouffée or jambalaya; make a tasso cream sauce for shrimp; it's great in various soups when finely diced; diced and cook some up and add it to scrambled eggs.

            1. mudcat Jan 19, 2013 09:38 AM

              Use as flavoring in just about anything or make sandwiches with it.

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                shallots Jan 20, 2013 08:17 AM

                Puleo's restaurants near Knoxville make two gravies to serve with their fried green tomatoes: a classic white gravy with chunks of pork sausage and a red gravy with tasso as the base meat. The Tasso is a thick, rich experience that is worth aiming to copy. Not very tomato based, they may use Guajillo pepper for the rich red color and gentle heat.

                1. lilpixy Jan 20, 2013 09:23 AM

                  I'm sorry but what is tasso?

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                    LindaWhit Jan 20, 2013 09:43 AM

                    It's a spicy, peppery version of smoked pork - usually from the shoulder cut - with a good extra kick to it. Specialty of southern Louisiana cooking.

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                      lilpixy Jan 20, 2013 12:41 PM

                      sounds delicious

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                        mudcat Jan 20, 2013 01:06 PM

                        I gave up trying to find tasso in my area so I make my own. The same with andouille. A summer job at the old Dixie Packing Company in Arabi (St. Benard Parish), Louisiana many years ago is still paying off.

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                          LindaWhit Jan 20, 2013 02:37 PM

                          I live in New England - haven't seen it up here except on rare occasion at Whole Foods. But it can be ordered online from Cajun Grocer.

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                            PesachBenSchlomo Jan 20, 2013 05:03 PM

                            cajungrocer.com has a lot of good quality LA foodstuffs at reasonable prices, including Tasso, Andouille, Boudin, smoked sausage (for red beans and rice), etc.

                      2. hambone Jan 20, 2013 09:53 AM

                        I had Chef Prudhomme's Chicken Tchptoulis (includes tasso) and it was one of the five or ten best things I have ever eaten.

                        One example:

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                          escondido123 Jan 20, 2013 11:16 AM

                          I love it in pasta with cream sauce--adds a wonderful layer of flavor if diced and browned before being added.

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