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.


Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started 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.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and 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'm loving 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'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

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