Could this creation dethrone the boudin king cake?

There’s a new boudin baby in town that could dethrone the popular boudin and cracklin king cake that made an appearance during Mardi Gras season earlier this year.

This one is called the boucherie pizza, and it can be found at local restaurant Pizza Artista.

This thin-crust, 10-inch pizza is topped with boudin, Cajun sausage, onions, green onions, cracklin crumbs and Steen’s cane syrup. Oh, and the pizza’s cheese isn’t just mozzarella. It’s a ghost-pepper mozzarella cheese blend paired with a bit of American cheese.

“I like everything about this pizza. I truly do,” says Pizza Artista’s managing director Kirk Miller.

While Miller didn’t want to specify where the boudin and cracklins for the pizza come from — “I don’t want to get other people mad at me. Everybody has their favorite.” — he did say that both are purchased locally.

The boucherie pizza was introduced about a week ago and has sold well considering Miller has only advertised its arrival in the pizza shop.

“We just brainstorm and test pizzas a lot,” Miller said. “The idea actually came from a boudin quesadilla I tried at a restaurant in Texas. I said, ‘Let’s come back and make a boudin pizza.'”

The pizza testing crew tried a few variations of the pizza before perfecting the balance of spicy and sweet, porky and pizza-y.

Pepperjack cheese didn’t work as well as ghost pepper cheese. Using just ghost pepper cheese made the pizza too spicy, however.

Adding a bit of American cheese made the pizza perfect.

“It’s been very well received,” Miller said. “We’ve had people come in every day to get the boudin pizza since we introduced it.”

Build-your-own pizzas with seven toppings normally sell for $7.99 without premium toppings.

You can get the boucherie pizza for $11.99.

Pizza Artista can be found at 5409 Johnston St. Visit pizzaartista.comor call 337-706-7631 to learn more.

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