Courtesy of Hot Joy
June 22, 2017

No one could accuse boudin—the traditional Cajun sausage make with pork, cooked rice, and spices—of being insufficiently decadent. Spicy, fatty and delicious, it's a regional favorite for a reason.

So stuffing it into a grilled cheese might be borderline obscene. But also completely brilliant.

Hot Joy, in San Antonio, TX, didn't invent the boudin grilled cheese; they freely cite Johnson’s Boucaniere in Lafayette, LA, as the creator. But with a menu that works Asian flavors into southern and Cajun dishes, Hot Joy created a version that's totally unique.

The bread: A pressed hamburger bun holds this sloppy thing together.

The filling: Hot Joy's house boudin is the star, with nori and dashi to add a distinct Japanese influence. That boudin is pressed into a hot, overstuffed sandwich with melty American cheese, bonito, pickles, Kewpie mayonnaise, and tonkatsu sauce (like a Japanese barbecue sauce in its sweet-and-savory flavors). The result is a sandwich that's half Japanese junk food, half pure Cajun… and who could fault that combination? 

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