Via the wonders of the Internet, I recently stumbled upon what perhaps is the finest boudin of my entire life. It is the product of Stelly’s Supermarket in Lebeau, LA and exudes a quality and character that epitomizes a true labor of love. Made from fresh pork from select parts of the hog, it possesses a remarkable savory richness and flavor. Joel Stelly, the owner and one of the most gracious gentlemen you will ever know, attributes his product’s singular character to the inclusion of pork skin in the mix. What’s more, these are substantial links, made up of about 60% meat and 40% Louisiana rice. Parsley, bell pepper, onion and a heady, well balanced seasoning blend impart a solid kick to the taste buds that penetrates and heats yet does not overwhelm and desensitize.
A hot link of Stelly’s boudin is an impressive sight, fatter than most and slightly darker in color due to the predominance of meat. The wonderful aroma is redolent of spicy pork. The casing, through which bits of green and flecks of spices can be seen, is of medium thickness and produces a crisp snap to the bite when grilled. Steaming yields a casing that will snap but is best served by sliding the boudin out between your front teeth. The very best of the hog can be seen trapped inside, ready to escape into your waiting mouth. The texture of the filling itself is somewhat dense yet neither dry nor mushy. There is plenty of toothsome chew in the lean and shredded parts complimented by the presence of a few deliciously fatty and crunchy bits. Its got it all goin’ on inside.
Want some? Stop by Stelly’s in Lebeau on Hwy 71, just off Interstate 10, or give Joel Stelly a call. He can arrange to have some shipped right to your door.
8611 Highway 71
Lebeau, LA 71345
8621 Highway 71, Melville, LA 71353
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