Chaurice Sausage Recipe

From Nola Cuisine

Chaurice (pronounced shore-EESE) is a fresh Creole Sausage, similar and probably derived from the Spanish Chorizo, without the curing process. Chaurice is often served, pan fried as a side to Red Beans & Rice, as well as used as a seasoning meat in many one pot meals, such as Gumbo. The legendary Leah Chase of Dookie Chase swears by a good quality Chaurice in her Creole Gumbo. Here is what the Picayune’s Creole Cookbook of 1901 had to say about Chaurice and Creole Sausages:

It has been said by visitors to New Orleans that the Creoles excel all other cooks in preparing appetizing Sausages. From the old Creole women who go about the streets crying out Belle Saucisses! Belle Chaurice! to the Boudins and Saucissons so temptingly prepared by the Creole butchers in the French Market, the Creole Sausage enters largely into domestic cookery and forms a delightful flavoring of many dainty dishes, especially of the vegetable order, while in the preparation of the famous ‘Jambalaya,’ the Chaurice, is one of the most necessary and indispensable ingredients. Though Sausages of any of these varieties may be bought in the French Market and other stalls daily, many of the ancient housewives and cooks prefer to prepare their Sausages…

Here is my version of the Creole classic Chaurice. I like to make a decent sized batch which I portion into vacuum sealed packages and freeze.

Chaurice Sausage Recipe

3 lbs Pork with plenty of fat (I use Boston Butt) Cut into 1 inch cubes
1 Medium Spanish Onion, Chopped
3 Tbsp Fresh Garlic, Minced
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves, Chopped
4 Tbsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Cayenne
1 tsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
4 tsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Ground Allspice
1 pinch Meat Curing Salt (Optional) (Here is what I use: http://www.butcher-packer.com/pg_curing_dq.htm)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss thoroughly.
Cover and let stand in the refrigerator overnight (this step is optional).
Place all of your grinding equipment in the refrigerator 1 hour before grinding. Using the 1/2″ die for your meat grinder, grind all of the ingredients. Alternatively you could finely mince the ingredients in a food processor or by hand. Cook a small patty to taste for seasonings, reseason if necessary. Follow my instructions for Linking Homemade Sausage. I make my Chaurice into about 10 inch lengths. When finished, I vacuum seal the links into individual portions and freeze. They will keep indefinately in the freezer.

Other Sausage and Seasoning Meat Recipes on Nola Cuisine:

Andouille Sausage
Tasso Recipe
Pickled Pork

14 thoughts on “Chaurice Sausage Recipe”

  1. I probably won’t ever make my own sausage, at least not as long as I have a full time job as well as trying to write a blog. But I wish I could rush over to your house and get some of these.

  2. Your homeade sausage looks fantastic. I always wanted to try making some homeade sausage but I don’t really have the proper utilites to do so, I guess I’ll have to wait till the next time I come down for a visit and I can try some of yours :)

    I gotta go eat something after looking at all the great pictures of your food!

    Keep up the good work Dan,

  3. As usual, I’m awfully tempted. Maybe I should go for it – my dad is pretty adept at stuffing sausages, and I bet he’d enjoy the time together. But – meat cure? As in, a powder? Never heard of it – is there another name for it? :)

  4. Kalyn, Joe – If you have the equipment, sausage making is not nearly as time consuming as you may think, give it a try some time! It is well worth the effort.

    Brad – They have some fairly inexpensive sausage stuffing, and grinding equipment, in fact, you can even use a disposable pastry bag to stuff small batches. Being a hunter, you may enjoy making some excellent venison sausages. But for sure, we will feast on some of my stash next time I see you!

    Anne – Sounds like it would be great time spent with Dad, especially the meal afterward. I know from being a regular reader of Anne’s Food that you would create something exciting and delicious with it!

    By the way, I seem to have created some confusion with my wording of “Meat Cure”, I should have been more specific on the ingredient. Here is what I use:

    http://www.butcher-packer.com/pg_curing_dq.htm

    That ingredient is totally optional, especially in a fresh sausage as this, I used it because I was thinking of smoking a portion of this batch. The curing salt protects color and prolongs shelf life. Sorry for any confusion.

  5. This was nothing to throw together and is absolutely delicious. A big thanks from Alaska! I have a batch of your andouille in the smoker as we speak. Your website is a lifesaver. I always thought this stuff was too hard to do.

  6. I made this sausage last night. The recipe I used didn’t call for cumin or paprika, although I wish it did. Instead it called for fresh parsley along with al the other igrediants to your recipe. I didn’t smoke mine though. Is that necessarry for this sausage?

  7. Just an FYI: “Chaurice” is actually a Portuguese sausage, similar to Portuguese linguica. Chaurice is common in the Portuguese communities in New England, but isn’t well known on the West Coast, as linguica is. Many Portuguese settled in the New Orleans area, as they are generally ‘coastal’ people and tend to live in areas where they won’t be far from the sea.

  8. Does anyone out there have a recipe for New Orleans po’boy bread?
    The bread I make does not measure up. Desperate in Alabama.

  9. This sounds delicious!

    I make my own sausage on occasion and this one sounds great. I love red beans and rice and have usually used diced ham, which is very good, but this sausage sounds delicious.

    Making your own sausage is easy and you just can’t get the quality of your own finished product anywhere else. If you haven’t tried making your own you should definitely give it a shot. You can make great breakfast sausage without equipment, though a grinder would come in handy because I’ve rarely had good luck with packaged ground pork.

    Have fun!
    Mike

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