Why should you shop at Rouse’s Supermarkets? Surely one chain store is equal to another, right?
In a word, no. Where else will you find crawfish-stuffed mirliton halves? Not at Winn Dixie or Fresh Market or Whole Foods, and certainly not at Wal-Mart. Rouse’s is still locally owned with roots in the bayous of Lafourche & Terrebonne parishes, so the stores’ grocery offerings often have a Cajun spin. Look for fresh sausages, smoked sausages, stuffed meats & poultry, boiled seafood, live crawfish (in season), wild-caught Gulf shrimp & Louisiana oysters, in addition to the usual supermarket stock.
And when was the last time you saw a “seven steak” for sale? This cut, from the chuck region, was once common and is named for the shape of the bone at its center. The seven steak (or entire seven roast) is a chewy cut, best braised with onions, or used in a gumbo (see Paul Prudhomme for an excellent recipe), or cooked in the manner of New Orleans-style grillades.
My favorite Rouse’s find? Fresh hog casings, sold in small packages for home sausage makers.