The Meat Shop (Waltham Cross) - Louisiana

We were initially prompted by an email message that pointed us towards The Meat Shop in the Pavillion at Waltham Cross, in Hertfordshire.  Sausage tip-offs always gratefully received...

We had visited to pick up some cumberland bangers but while there we also bought some LOUISIANA sausages which looked very nice in the display cabinet...and with the butcher there saying he liked these too...say no more!

Now they were quite soft in the raw state like the cumberlands, which was a bit off putting, but, they cooked up completely different to the cumberland samples to be honest. No eruptions from the ends and good even natural skins that browned nicely and only suffered with very minor splits here and there. Slight orange residue in the pan, probably from the chilli/ flavouring escaping, but a good aroma all the same.

Taste-wise the immediate chilli was there as you would expect from a sausage called a "Louisiana" which intimates it's got that "creole" and southern USA states style of flavouring.  Oh yes, after downing a couple, the chilli tingles build nicely on the lips and provides a warming result. Not too hot though, however the most notable thing with the taste was the DEEP smokiness that made these different to just a chilli sausage!

The texture was good and the bite too quite reasonable. Meat percentage we would say comparable to the cumberlands. Weight loss and shrinkage were to a minimum, which was good too.

The troops here gave a thumbs up and voted the Louisiana a "a proper sausage".  Certainly something we would consider buying again!

The Meat Shop (Waltham X) - Louisiana
(Sep 2013)

Here's the sample details:
120x32mm before cooking, 110x33mm after.
89g before cooking, 81g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 5% & weight loss of approx 9%.
Must check prices again: 6 sausages approx. 3.35   (5.18/kg ?)


The Meat Shop
78 The Pavilion
Waltham Cross
Hertfordshire EN8 7BZ

Open 7 Days per Week
Monday Saturday: 8am to 5:30pm
Sunday: 10am to 4:00pm



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