We love this famous charcuterie specialty from southwestern France. Follow our advice to choose it, store it and cook it at its best.
This variety of raw sausage most often occurs in the form of a spiral. In a cassoulet, cooked on the barbecue grill, pan-fried, simmered for a long time or roasted in the oven, the Toulouse sausage likes it in many recipes … and not just Occitan!
History and characteristics of Toulouse sausage
Traditionally, Toulouse sausage was made on farms, when the pig in winter. It was already sold in the markets of the pink city in the XVIIIe century, and it was only at the end of the XIXe that she migrated to Paris! Emblematic charcuterie of the southwest, it is composed of meat coarsely ground farm pork embossed in natural casing. Problem, the name “Toulouse sausage” has no legal protection or official certification (PDO, IGP …) and has almost become a generic term. Faced with these drifts, the butchers have mobilized. In addition to a Red Label, obtained in 1992, they created an even more demanding quality charter, the label “Genuine artisanal Toulouse sausage“, in order to give it back the letters of nobility. It must be composed in 80% lean pork (ham, shoulder, loin), fat and a seasoning. Dyes or liquid smoke are prohibited!
This lean, coarse-chopped sausage is most often presented in breaststroke (rolled up on itself spiral) so that you can purchase any length or weight you want.
Toulouse sausage calories and nutrition facts
One of the strengths of Toulouse sausage remains its high in protein (13 g per 100g). These macro nutrients, the real building blocks of the body, contain all the essential amino acids and play a major role in the growth and maintenance of the organism.
Another asset, its contributions in group B vitamins, essential for the metabolism of nutrients, as well as minerals, such as phosphorus, the magnesium where the potassium. Its salt content is rather reasonable for a charcuterie (1.7).
However, be careful not to overdo it because Toulouse sausage is also a source of lipids (more than 30%) of which a majority of saturated fatty acids, not very advisable for the cardiovascular system.
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Preferably buy Toulouse sausage from a charcutier. If you get it from supermarkets, take a look at the list of ingredients and avoid those that contain colors, flavors, sugar and preservatives.
Toulouse sausage can be stored for approx. 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator, in the coldest part (between 0 ° C and 4 ° C). You can also freeze it for several months.
It is cooked in many ways. The best is still barbecue or on a grill for about fifteen minutes. But a frying pan will also do very well! the four also gives very good results. Just place the sausage in a gratin dish and cook in a medium oven for about 30 minutes. Consider wrapping it in garlic for a shirt, to enhance the flavors. But purists will tell you that it is important not to sting it, at the risk of seeing the taste escape! Toulouse sausage is cooked to perfection when it is slightly brown and crispy on the surface, while remaining moist and firm to the core. Once golden brown, serve it with a mashed potatoes, lentils, a pan of green beans or braised cabbage. Everything suits him! Cut into slices, it fits into a salad, a savory cake or a quiche. We can even prepare it and rougail, with tomatoes and chili peppers. You can also cook it at Cookéo : after having browned it, add a little white wine and broth and cook under pressure for ten minutes.
Toulouse sausage is also a must in the famous cassoulet, Occitan dish made with white beans. The chef’s advice? Grill or fry it before adding it to the cassoulet and simmering gently. Guaranteed treat!