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Archive | November, 2012

Simple & Healthy Chicken Sausage Recipes: Cooking with Deborah Enos

As some of Deborah Enos’ biggest fans we are always happy to see her using Isernio’s in her healthy chicken sausage recipes!

Deborah, also known as the ‘One-Minute Wellness Coach’, is a highly respected television personality and blogger with a flair for delicious, healthy cooking. Her blog ‘Health in a Hurry’ has become popular among busy people looking for quick and simple tips to improve their health.

In a blog post earlier this year she featured Isernio’s chicken sausage in her ‘Better than “Take-Out” Asian & Broccoli Stir-fry’ recipe. And we must say, this is without a doubt one of Deborah’s best healthy chicken sausage recipes! Deborah Enos

Before you can get started, be sure to have the following ingredients on hand:

  • 1 package (roll) of Isernio’s chicken sausage
  • 1-2 heads of broccoli, washed and chopped
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice 
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. ginger root, minced or grated
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil 
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)

Check out Deborah’s blog post for directions and other great healthy chicken sausage recipes!

Love this recipe? There are plenty of other healthy chicken sausage recipes that you can work into your family’s diet on our website. Be sure and peruse our recipes for more great ideas. Here we have a unique blend of our own healthy chicken sausage recipes as well as customer favorites. Have one of your own? Please share it with us today! We’re always happy to hear how you have incorporated our products into your favorite healthy chicken sausage recipes!

We also encourage you to follow our blog for new recipes, product updates and more. While you’re here, be sure and check out these recent blog posts:

Healthy Eating Made Simple

Healthy Eating on the Go

And as always, please share your questions and comments below.






 

 

Fresh Chicken Sausage: Healthy Eating Made Simple

If you’re like many health-conscious Americans you’re always on the lookout for simple, healthy recipes packed with flavor and nutrients. This is exactly what Frank Isernio had in mind when he first began selling his famous chicken sausage commercially. Frank’s passion for fresh, quality ingredients and authentic Italian flavors are evident in every product we sell.

Isernio's Sausage If you’re looking for some simple healthy eating tips, you’ve come to the right place! In one of our most popular videos Frank not only shares one of his favorite heart-healthy recipes, he teaches us how to grill sausage and vegetables to perfection.

 

Grilled Italian Sausage and Vegetables

This delicious entrée combines fresh, mouthwatering vegetables and Isernio’s famous fresh chicken sausage, pork Italian sausage, chorizo and more. Check out these great tips from Frank himself:

Grilling Peppers:Isernio's-Grilling-Peppers

Be sure and get your grill hot enough, turn it up as high is it will go with the lid closed. Once your grill is warm, place peppers inside and again close the lid. Allow your peppers to cook for 7 minutes before rotating. Repeat this 2 more times for a total of 21 minutes. Finally, place your peppers in a paper sack and allow them to continue steaming.

Grilling Sausage: Isernio Healthy eating grill 2

The key to grilling the perfect pork or chicken sausage is precooking. In order to do this you will need to place your fresh chicken sausage, pork sausage, or other variety in boiling water; off the heat for 7 minutes. This can even be done a day ahead of time. Brush each sausage with olive oil before placing on the grill. Close the lid and allow them to cook for 5 minutes. You now have delicious, perfectly grilled sausage without messy explosions or punctures that allow flavor to escape.

Ready for more tips? Watch the complete video to learn how to grill eggplant, asparagus and zucchini to perfection as well. There are endless options for incorporating fresh chicken sausage into your favorite meals. Want to see more? Be sure and explore the recipe section of our site. Here we have a great combination of Frank’s recipes as well as submissions from our loyal customers. Have one of your own? Please don’t hesitate to share it! We’re always excited to hear how you’re using Isernio’s fresh chicken sausage in your favorite recipes.

We also encourage you to follow our blog for recipes, product updates and more. While you’re here, be sure and check out these recent blog posts:

Fresh Chicken Sausage:  Healthy Eating on the Go

Now Certified Gluten-Free

And as always, please share your questions and comments below.

Bon appétit from our kitchen to yours!






An Italian American Thanksgiving with the Isernio Family

Frank remembers when growing up, Thanksgiving was a double treat. His family’s meal was the best combination of Classic Italian recipes and American dishes. 

We usually started with an Antipasto platter of cured meats, including Salami & Coppocola, cheeses such as Provolone or Pecorino, sweet and hot peppers, various olives etc. Then it was on to the pasta which would usually consist of Raviolis or Mostaccioli topped with a slow simmered tomato sauce. You’d think that would be enough, but then the giant turkey would come out of the oven roasted to a beautiful golden brown color. Italian American Thanksgiving Turkey with Isernio's Sausage

The sausage stuffing was so fragrant, it’s impossible to forget. The turkey was served with gravy made from the roasting pan with sweet potatoes or yams as well as green vegetables simply prepared. After eating what amounted to two meals, we would then have to take a break and before long the feasting resumed with Pumpkin Pie, from pumpkins that were usually grown in the backyard garden. We would finish the meal with some biscotti and coffee.

I’d like you to enjoy the savory stuffing that my family uses to celebrate Thanksgiving. My wife Margherita has perfected this recipe and added the brining technique which you must try if you have never brined before. Brining with herbs adds a lot of flavor to the turkey as well as juiciness; please try and you’ll do it this way every time.

Buon Appetito
Frank

TURKEY BRINING Ingredients:

  • 1 Brining bag for 16 – 18 lb. turkey (place bag in small roasting pan) 
  • 1/2 Cup Rosemary & Sage – finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 heads of Garlic, smashed skins and all
  • 1 Tbsp. Whole Peppercorns
  • 2 Cups Kosher Salt
  • 3 Gallons Water (enough to cover turkey in brining bag)
  • Ice to place in Brining bag

TURKEY ROASTING Ingredients:

  • 1 – 16 – 18 lb. all Natural Turkey, thawed
  • Thyme & Rosemary, 4-5 sprigs each
  • 4 – 5 cloves Garlic, chopped in half
  • 1 Onion, 1 Carrot & Celery roughly chopped
  • 2 Cups hot Low Sodium Chicken broth (heat in microwave)

Stock Ingredients:

  • Turkey Neck (from inside Turkey)
  • 1/2 Carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 Onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 Stock of Celery, roughly chopped
  • 4 – 5 cloves Garlic, chopped in half
  • *NOTE – The above is optional, can use canned 
  • Chicken broth to add to gravy, if needed.

Place the brining bag in a shallow pan that will fit on the bottom of your refrigerator. Make sure you remove giblets from Turkey (Giblets may NOT be in the main cavity, look in the other end). Add all brining ingredients, except the water, to a large sauce pan. Add enough hot water to dissolve the salt to liquid form. Place turkey in brining bag and pour brine over turkey. Add enough cold water to cover the turkey. Add a couple handfuls of ice cubes, to cool it off, seal up the bag, and place on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator overnight, at least 20 hours.

When ready to roast, preheat oven to 400° on Convection Bake. Spray the Roasting Pan and Rack with Olive Oil Spray. Pour out brine; rinse Turkey well & pat dry. Place turkey breast side up on roasting rack. Place a little of the coarsely chopped Onion, Carrot, Celery, Garlic and Herbs in the Turkey cavity with lots of black Pepper.

Tie turkey legs together with kitchen string. Place the rest of the vegetables & herbs on the bottom of roasting pan. Rub olive oil on turkey breast, add pepper and rotate Turkey BREAST SIDE DOWN on the rack. Add olive oil and pepper to the back, but, do not salt. Add 2 cups hot Chicken Broth to the bottom of the pan. Cover everything with a lid or foil, and place in oven, reduce heat to 350°. After 1 hour, rotate the pan and check underneath foil to make sure there’s still liquid in the pan. Place Digital Thermometer in thigh up towards wing (if it’s too close to breast, it will go off in about an hour) and set to 165°. It should take at least another 1 3/4 – 2 hours to reach that temperature.

Place Turkey Neck and coarsely chopped Onion, Celery, Carrot & Garlic pieces in a small sauce pan with about 2 Cups water do not add salt. Simmer on Low heat for about 1 1/2 hours while Turkey is roasting.

After 2 1/2 hours, remove foil and turn the turkey over for 30 min. just so breast can get cooked. When it’s done, be sure to let the Turkey “REST” for at least a 1 hour, covered with foil. 2 hours is best.

Gravy: Pour pan drippings in gravy separator cup. Pour a little of the fat, back into roasting pan. Save some fat drippings for the top of the Stuffing or to make more gravy, if you run out. Don’t use Flour. Add Stock, scraping brown bits on bottom; bring heat up to a boil. Add 2-3 Tbsp. Potato starch with cold chick broth, whisk well, and add to boiling broth to thicken. Taste for Salt, since turkey was brined, the pan drippings are salty add Pepper to taste.

Stuffing Ingredients:

  • About 6-7 cups homemade or natural bread cubes (an entire loaf of Rosemary bread cut-up*)
  • 4 – links or 1 lb. roll of Isernio’s Italian Pork or Chicken Sausage
  • 1/2 stick unsalted Butter
  • 1 med. Yellow Onion, finely chopped
  • About 3 stalks of Celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Sage, finely chopped 

*To make bread cubes, cut Rose loaf into 1/2″ pieces for 2 pans. Bake @ 300° top rack 7 min. 2nd rack 7 min, rotating pans.

Take casings off sausage or cut roll open and place in large skillet, breaking up with wooden spoon, cook meat until pink disappears. Place cooked meat aside. Melt Butter in same skillet; add Onion, Celery, Garlic and Salt, Sauté until soft.  Add Rosemary and Sage and cook for a few more minutes. Add meat to Butter/Onion mixture. Place bread cubes in large bowl, add Sausage/Onion mixture and mix well. Heat the Chicken broth in microwave and add to bread crumb mixture (can make ahead at this point). Add Eggs at very end. Stuffing should be very MOIST, add more Chicken broth, if needed!

Place stuffing in sprayed enamel dish, top with turkey drippings, cover and place in oven after Turkey is done for 1 hr.

To view this recipe on our website, please visit our Turkey Stuffing Recipe page.

Or watch Frank make the Sausage Turkey Stuffing recipe.



 

 

Fresh Chicken Sausage: Healthy Eating on the Go

We often hear from mom’s who love our products and like to share their favorite fresh chicken sausage recipes with us. We’re always excited to receive new recipes that incorporate our fresh chicken sausage into healthy meals that kids and parents can enjoy together. We do however understand that with hectic family schedules there isn’t always time to prepare a complicated meal. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our favorite fresh chicken sausage recipes that can be prepared ahead of time and enjoyed on the go.

If you’re juggling a busy schedule be sure and check out these delicious recipes that can keep you and your family out of the dreaded drive-thru:

Breakfast Sandwich Isernios SausageItalian Breakfast Sandwiches

These delicious breakfast sandwich can be prepared ahead of time with our famous Italian sausage or fresh chicken sausage. The kids will love them and you can rest assured that they’re starting the day out right. Check out more breakfast recipes.


Italian MinestraItalian-Minestra-Soup-Isernios-Sausage

This bold, hearty soup will be a crowd pleaser! Whip it up over the weekend and the family can enjoy it throughout the week. Mix in some of our fresh chicken sausage for a high-protein meal that the family is sure to request time and time again. We also encourage you to check out our famous white bean chili.

Chicken Scarpariello with Isernios SausageChicken Scarpariello

This delicious dish is one of Frank Isernio’s favorites and is sure to be popular around your dinner table. A great dish to prepare ahead of time; this nutritious, mouthwatering dish is perfect for heating up at the office or at the end of a long day. A wonderful combination of vegetables, fresh chicken sausage and seasoning, this one is sure to become a staple around your dinner table.

Want more great dinner ideas? Check out these delicious entrees.

There are endless options for preparing on the go fresh chicken sausage recipes. Want to see more? Be sure and peruse the recipe section of our site. Here we have a unique blend of Isernio’s recipes as well as customer submissions which we just had to share. Have one of your own? Please share it with us today! We’re always happy to hear about your favorite fresh chicken sausage recipes!

We also encourage you to follow our blog for recipes, product updates and more. While you’re here, be sure and check out these recent blog posts:

Hold the Sugar, Please

Isernio’s: Slime free Sausage

And as always, please share your questions and comments below.

Bon appétit from our kitchen to yours!