Okay, I know what you are thinking. Gross! Disgusting! But wait a minute. For the Americans following along here, keep in mind, I’m American too! And yes, I love Boudin Noir (or Blood Sausage) as you might know it. The first time I ever saw it, I too wasn’t touchin.’ But once I smelled it cooking, I was curious. Why not try just a teeny tiny piece? And seven years ago, that teeny tiny piece won me over.
To prepare boudin noir, it couldn’t be much simpler. The key is to buy FRESH. Living by a fresh farmer’s market here in Normandy, we have it easy. I can’t really suggest to my fellow Americans where to go sourcing for their boudin noir, (leave a comment if anyone has suggestions) so maybe you’ll just have to come to France to try it. I’ll even cook it for you! Here we go:
Boudin Noir comes in a long sausage. Ask the butcher to cut you a piece for however many people you are serving. Since we are 2 plus a little one (yes, boudin noir is one of little man’s favorite foods!) our piece was probably around 10 inches long. Cut the sausage into little wedges about an inch thick, like so:
You can also cook your boudin in the original sausage form, but I like these little “rondelles” as the French call them, and they are easy to cook. Add some butter to a frying pan and put in the boudin pieces along with enough apple cubes to fill up the skillet.
Cook the boudin for about 7 minutes before flipping on to the other side. After both sides are cooked, I generally try for a few minutes on the side. Turn the apples when they have a lovely golden brown coating.
Serve over your favorite rice (today we had Thai rice but we also enjoy Basmati). Throw a sprig of Parsely on the plate for color, and bon appetit!
Did you know Boudin Noir is extremely high in iron? One serving (about 100 grams) contains 35% of your daily iron and 30% of your daily protein. It also contains 53% of your daily fat. This is not a bad thing, but to be taken into consideration. Remember, you need fat in your diet. Just make reasonable portion sizes and make other choices during the day that contain less fat and you’ll succeed in having a diet which is “équilibré” (balanced). And I almost forgot to mention, you’d be following the Full Fat Diet!