NOLA Hot Sausage


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!Hot Sausage Breakfast Po Boy

20170809_171523What 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.

Hot Sausage Patty
Hot Sausage Patty and a regular ole hamburger patty

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.

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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.hot sausage.jpg4


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.


A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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