Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Orleans: Cochon Butcher

Another good title for this post could be "Jenny in Hog Heaven".  I had read some articles on Cochon Butcher before going to New Orleans and just loved the irreverent nature of the joint.  I mapped out the location and found that it was a little over a mile from where I was staying.  In between all my meetings, I didn't think I'd be able to make it over there.  That was until my contact at the hotel told me he makes it a point to get over there at least 3 times a week.  That's when I made it a point to get over there.

I was glad I did.  They cure their own products there upstairs from the Butcher.  I just so happened to come upon a whole hog being lugged into the building. If you're ok with seeing a dead hog being dragged into the building then click HERE. If you don't then DON'T.

I walked in with the intent to buy a sandwich.  I was instantly distracted by the selection of cured meats.  And bacon praline.  
If you have to ask if I bought any bacon praline, you don't really know me.  At all.

I added kurobuta bacon and salami to my goodies. The salami was so spicy and flavorful, probably one of the best I've had! I wish I bought more. As for the bacon, well, if I could snort the bacon, I would.  It was heavenly.
Upon the recommendation of my hotel contact, I ordered the Cochon Muffaletta, well done.  Warm, cheesy, gooey rich...DELICIOUS sandwich.
Man. I wish I still had a taste of that.  It was fantastic.

I came home from work tonight with the thought that I'd fry up the bacon and sautee some onions in the bacon oil and toss some of my mom's fava beans in.  Unfortunately, I waited too long and the fava beans weren't green any longer. 
So I did something very bad.  VERY bad. I made pasta drenched in bacon grease.  And it was good.  Don't let the arugula fool you.  

2 slices Kurobuta Bacon
1/4 cup diced onions 
1 clove garlic [I really like garlic so I used 2]
1 cup Fava Beans, shelled
1 cup arugula
Salt, pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan
2 inches, whole wheat Spaghetti Pasta
For the pasta: 
Cook per directions on box. Drain and set aside.
For the sauce:
Boil shelled fava beans for approximately 5 minutes.  Take off outer layer.  Set aside.

Fry 2 strips of bacon until crispy.  Remove bacon and drain on paper towel.  

Add onions to the bacon grease, then the garlic, fry until translucent. Salt and pepper to taste.  
Remove from heat.  Add the fava beans, arugula, and pasta, mixing well.  Top with grated parmesan. 

If you're ever in New Orleans, please visit:
Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas
New Orleans LA 70130 
mon-thu 10–10
fr+sat 10-11
sun 10-5


  1. Lady, you're killing me. I'm on a "diet" right now because of g.Diabetes. No bacon, no bread, no carbs... WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Eat more meals like this one just so I know someone's enjoying their food life. =)

  2. I. Want. Now. Can I be your porter next time? I promise I'll actually carry stuff for you. :)

  3. pegs: oh noooo...i need to watch out for that too!! I'm just a very, very bad human being. ;)

    Rachael: come on down, sister!! :) I have to go back again for a tasting. it's even better THAT time around!!

  4. Your blog is making me very HUNGRY and I just had a bowl of oatmeal this morning.

  5. Gary: HAHAHA! oatmeal is NOT the same thing as bacon! =)


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