Boudin Balls

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Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 ¾ pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 ounces chicken livers, rinsed and trimmed
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ½ cup diced poblano pepper
  • ½ cup seeded and diced jalapeno pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups cooked white rice, or more to taste
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups oil for frying, or as needed

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Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Stir pork shoulder, livers, onion, celery, poblano pepper, jalapeno pepper, garlic, kosher salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper, chili powder, and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper together in a large pot. Cover the pot with a lid and refrigerate until flavors combine, 2 hours to overnight.
  • Step 2Pour enough water into the pork mixture to cover by 2-inches; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from heat. Pour mixture through a strainer, reserving strained liquid and meat separately.
  • Step 3Transfer drained meat mixture to a cutting board and finely chop.
  • Step 4Stir chopped meat, rice, parsley, and green onion together in a bowl. Gradually add reserved cooking liquid, 1 ladleful at a time, to meat mixture, stirring until completely incorporated between each addition, until mixture has a paste-like consistency. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours to overnight.
  • Step 5Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Step 6Roll chilled meat mixture into 1-inch balls.
  • Step 7Whisk flour, 1 pinch cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper together in a shallow bowl. Pour breadcrumbs into another shallow bowl. Beat eggs in another shallow bowl.
  • Step 8Gently press 1 ball into flour mixture to coat; shake off the excess flour. Dip ball into the beaten egg; press ball into bread crumbs. Place breaded ball onto a plate and repeat breading process with remaining meat balls.
  • Step 9Working in batches, cook boudin balls in preheated oil, turning once, until crispy on the outside and hot on the inside, 3 to 4 minutes.


The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 301 calories; protein 14.3g; carbohydrates 32.7g; fat 12.2g; cholesterol 107.7mg; sodium 1569.1mg.

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