As I came into my house I immediately discerned what was cooking in my kitchen, hot sausage! Who was cooking it didn’t matter or if it would be a po-boy or the meat to accompany a meal. All I was concerned about is if there was enough for me.
I will try my best to describe what only a true New Orleans native would relate to regarding hot sausage. How just the smell of it cooking puts a smile on your face, a pep in your step and have your tongue watering in anticipation of that 1st bite. It’s so deliciously addicting that even my little girls run with excitement for what they call a “Hot Sausage Burger.” Poor babies don’t know any better; they are from Minnesota, but that taste is in their soul. The uniquely delicious taste of Patton’s Hot Sausage brings back comforting fond memories for me and my family. Honestly, all things New Orleans give me that feeling, but today I’m talking HOT SAUSAGE!
What exactly is Hot Sausage you may ask?? I’ll start with telling you what it is not. It’s not a sausage you can go to your grocery store to get, its only sold in New Orleans. Actually, you may find it other parts of Louisiana and in Houston, TX, but it’s pure luck when you do find it outside of New Orleans. It’s not a red hot link, hot Italian sausage, andouille sausage, Cajun sausage or the rest of those sausages that attempt to fool you into thinking you have true New Orleans Hot Sausage.
First of all if its not Patton’s Hot Sausage in the red and white bucket, don’t bother. It has to be Patton’s simple as that. Patton’s Hot Sausage, was created in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, the company is now located in Bogalusa, LA.
New Orleans Patton’s Hot Sausage is beef not pork with a magical blend of seasoning and spices. Hold up, the casing is pork skin just as with a regular sausage link, maybe that’s why some prefer the patty. NO PORK please. It can come in patty or link form, both taste the same. You will find a patty served on a Hot Sausage Po-boy, cheese please on mine’s. The cheese balances that spiciness that I have become unaccustomed to living in Minnesota.
Now, I will risk a lil tongue & butt burning when a link is thrown on the BBQ grill ; ooh that skin crisp up and the smoke adds a whole other level of flavor.
Also, I love Hot Sausage served as the breakfast meat with buttery cheesy creamy grits and over easy eggs. Now, that’s a good way to cure a New Orleans Hang Over.
When you come to New Orleans be sure to get a Hot Sausage Po Boy at Gene’s Po-Boy on Elysian Fields Ave & St.Claude Ave.Its pretty easy to find and just a short trip on the street car and a short distance from Frenchman St. Gene’s is open 24hrs a day; celebrities such as Jay Z and Beyonce where spotted there?? Anything is possible and Gene’s Po-Boys serves sone of the best Po-Boys in the city. I love their french bread, OMG!
1040 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Free Off-Street Parking: No
Handicapped Accessible: No/Unknown
I love Anita’s Restaurant late night early morning breakfast. I’m not sure if the owner brought up all the old fashioned ya Grandmo Grandmother’s bags of grits & recipes. I’m unsure how something as simple as grits can taste so good.
2122 Tulane Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
Hours: Mon-Sat 6am-2pm, Fri-Sat 10pm-5am, Sun 6:30am-2pm
So, go on ahead order yall a bucket or two of Patton’s Hot Sausage, you won’t be disappointed!!!