New Orleans LA 70130
Upon entering Cochon Butcher, which is right around the corner from Cochon Restaurant and in the same building on Tchoupitoulis and Andrew Higgins, the first thing that I laid eyes on was their Andouille. Nicely laid out in the deli case, deep brown from hours of smoking, and as a true Andouille should be, huge as it’s stuffed into a beef middle casing.
The first thing that I thought of is that New Orleans locals, thanks to Chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski, and Warren Stephens, will no longer have to make the commute out to Laplace, Louisiana (read my Jacob’s Andouille post) to get Andouille if they don’t want to, the real article is right in the city now, along with scores of other wonderful products. All of the sausages, salamis, Mortadella, confits, terrines, rillettes, pickles, Creole Mustard, EVERYTHING is made in house! This place is a Mecca for all things swine, even more so than Cochon Restaurant. Feel like making a Cassoulet? Hell, stop into Cochon Butcher, get your Duck Confit, fresh sausages, cured sausages, whatever you want to include, they will probably have it.
On a related but somewhat side note, I just read that Donald Link has a cookbook coming out next month called
Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link’s Louisiana. I already preordered mine, needless to say, that should be a keeper. (Read my review HERE!)
I was greeted at the deli case by Chef partner Warren Stephens holding out a sample plate of the house made Bacon Praline, which, as my friend Tim at Roux-B-Doo’s says, is like sugary crack. Seriously, it is. This isn’t the Praline Bacon at Elizabeth’s, awesome in it’s own right, rather it’s an actual Praline with chunks of the house made Kurobuta Bacon inside of it in place of the traditional Pecans. Awesome flavors.
After coming off of the rush of the Bacon Praline, I asked Chef Warren if it would be alright to take some pics around the store/sWine bar. He said sure and asked if I would like to go upstairs to see the curing room. I said hell yes, of course. He led me upstairs through the upstairs kitchen to the temperature controlled curing room, one of them actually, there is another one at Herbsaint, as well as the ones in the downstairs display cases.
Inside of the upstairs room was a treasure trove of Salamis, blood sausages, you name it, in various states of cure.
A new batch of Duck Pastrami was recently hung.
Chef Warren told me that when the cured products reach their maturity, they are Vacuum sealed to stop the curing process, and also package for sale or storage.
While we were upstairs he also gave me a tour of Calcasieu the also newly opened catering facility for private events (I will do a separate post on Calcascieu).
The Sandwich board:
The Wine board:
We headed back downstairs so that I could order something for lunch, looking at all of that great food was killing me. I decided to order the Muffuletta, with all house made meats no less. Any loyal reader of my site knows that I would HAVE to order the Muffuletta on my first visit knowing that I am a Muffuletta junkie, and let me tell you, this one did not disappoint.
Cochon Butcher’s Muffuletta has an olive salad that is very finally chopped which I didn’t know if I would care for, as I usually prefer the olives pretty much just crushed a la Central Grocery, but it actually was a perfect accent to the finely cured meats and the cheeses without being overpowering. The olive salad was on the top and bottom of the sandwich. The bread was also perfect, light and crumbly as it should be. The Muffuletta could easily feed 2, in some cases 4, and at $12, especially considering everything is made in house, it’s a steal.
While I was gorging myself on the above awesome Muffuletta, Chef Warren brought me over a Lagniappe to try out, his Tartiflette that he was featuring as a small plate item. It was a lovely pairing of fingerling Potatoes, housemade Kurobuta Bacon, sweet onions, and a touch of heat, baked in a Gratin with of course the wonderfully stinky Reblochon cheese. Phenomenal flavors; the smokiness of the bacon, the sweetness of the onion, tender gold and buttery fingerlings, woodsy Thyme, and the spice of the peppers all tied together with the Robust creamy flavor of the Reblochon. Awesome job.
I can’t thank Chef Warren Stephens enough for the gracious tour, I will always remember it!
I will let the pictures do the talking for all of the wonderful items Cochon Butcher has to offer!
Be sure and check out my ever growing Index of Creole & Cajun Recipes which links to all of the recipe featured on this site!
My new friend Su-Jit’s Post on her trip to Cochon Butcher
Andouille Sausage Recipe
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Jeez, Louise! What a great place and the variety of meats is mind-blowing. Rilettes, too!
What a variety. Can you order from this place? First I have heard of Bacon Pralines.
Your photography is as amazing as your cooking (even though I’ve never tasted it, I’m sure it’s incredible). Your site looks incredible!!
Hey Danno, the pics are wonderful as usual. I really enjoy your site and since I have it on my blog, I always get your latest posts. Visiting your site for over a year helped persuade me to try my own. It is video content and I would love for you to have a look at it and let me know what you think. Looking forward to some more recipes. Thanks for a great site, food and New Orleans insight.
I told you about that awfully awesome bacon pralines. The Tartiflette looks awesome, I’ll see if Chef will give me a tour sometime. Glad you had fun!
Fantastic, cannot wait to visit!
While visiting New Orleans last month my friend took me into Cochon Butcher for sandwiches and the Bacon Pralines. That stuff is totally addictive!
And I see they’ve raised the prices since I was there….
I just flew down to New Orleans from New York City and had dinner at Cochon and then a lunch at the Butcher. I brought back about 10 pounds of meat on the plane with me. I told a friend of mine who is a food marketer and he said “I have something I’m messengering to you”. An hour later I had his personalized copy of Donald Link’s upcoming cookbook. I’ve made about 4 recipes from the book and all were truly amazing. Little tweaks are made, but, everything so far has been astounding (at Cochon, it was Rabbit and Dumplings, the cookbook has Chicken and Dumplings). I’m out of Tasso and sausage now….
Everybody should book a trip to New Orleans and eat here at least twice. Life-changing.
Has your cookbook come in yet? I can’t wait to find out what’s in it.
Not yet Eddie, I had to go to the bookstore as soon as they opened this morning to check it out. It is definately a keeper! Can’t wait for my copy to arrive, at which point I will do a full review here.