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Plan the Perfect Romantic Dinner with Isernio’s

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and what’s more romantic than an intimate Italian dinner with your main squeeze?

An intimate Italian dinner that you made yourself.

So whether you failed to make reservations ahead of time, are having trouble finding a babysitter, need to pinch a few pennies, or just want the bonus points that come with making the extra effort to cook, here are four Isernio family favorites to serve for an extra-special Valentine’s Day dinner.

 

Fettuccine alla Crema di Zucca e Salsiccia – The only way to make this romantic pasta dinner more impressive is to say it in Italian. This fettuccine is tossed in a creamy sauce with butternut squash and sausage, and is the perfect portion for two. Make it romantic by: Splurging for fresh (rather than dried) pasta, garnishing with fresh sage, and pairing with a crisp white wine.

Spaghetti and Meatballs – It’s that one scene from Lady and the Tramp that we’re all familiar with. A giant plate of spaghetti, and he gives her the last meatball. Be still our beating hearts. Recreate the quintessential romantic dinner with this Isernio family classic, made spectacular with sausage instead of traditional meat and a panade to keep the meatballs moist and tender.  Make it romantic by: Garnishing with fresh parmesan and parsley, pairing with a robust red, and adorning your table with a traditional red-and-white checked tablecloth.

Sausage with Mussels – Seafood is always a romantic option, and it also cooks up in a snap if you’re short on time. Think of how dramatic your table will look with a giant plate of mussels for two. Make it romantic by: Adding pasta to toss with the mussels and broth, garnishing with parsley, and pairing with a Pinot Grigio.

Paella – Alright, you caught us. Paella isn’t Italian, but sometimes it’s nice to do the unexpected – especially on a special occasion. Paella is usually served “family style,” so you and your love can share a colorful dish at the table as you linger and talk over their favorite bottle of white wine. Make it romantic by: Quietly playing some traditional Spanish music in the background, decorating the table with a colorful bouquet, and writing your sweetie a love note they find when they sit down to eat.

 

With a little planning, preparation, and Isernio’s we’re confident you can pull off a restaurant quality dish right in your own kitchen. What do you think you’ll make for your sweetie?

Recipes and tips to plan the perfect romantic dinner. Great for Valentine's Day! #romanticdinner #valentinesday #menu

How Isernio’s Chicken Sausage is Different

It’s the new year, and if you’re like many, you may have resolved that this is the year you’ll start taking better care of yourself. But resolutions – particularly those related to fitness or healthy eating – have a reputation for quickly going by the wayside.

Why?

Because it’s hard to stay committed when you’re feeling deprived.

That’s why Isernio’s chicken sausages are your perfect companions on your New Year’s health journey. You get all of the flavor with none of of the guilt.

We only use whole skinless chicken thighs, ground coarsely and mixed with premium seasonings and ingredients to bring you a juicy and flavorful sausage. They’re also very low in fat and calories, with over 80% less fat than what the USDA considers “standard” for pork sausage.

Even better, we never add fillers or other “mystery meats” to our sausage so you know exactly what you’re getting. And since our chicken sausages are all gluten free with no added sugars and zero carbs (except the chicken apple breakfast sausage), it’s a healthy, high-protein option that will fit with any eating plan.

We offer several different flavors so your menu never gets boring, and with a choice of either our links or versatile rolls, you can use our chicken sausage in a number of different dishes. Choose our traditional Italian Chicken Sausage to lighten up your favorite comfort foods, grab our Hot Italian Chicken Sausage if you’re feeling a little spicy, or try our Chicken Spinach & Feta for a savory Mediterranean flair.

We’re proud to bring the best to your table, and we’re honored to have been a part of many of our customers’ journeys to health. We hope we can be a part of yours this year, too!

Our Favorite Recipes for Holiday Entertaining

The holidays are a magical time – enjoying traditions with family and friends, visiting with rarely-seen relatives, enjoying all the treats that the season has to offer. This time of year we find that our homes, our hearts, and our bellies are full.

But with near-constant entertaining it can be hard to find time to search for the perfect recipes to serve your guests. Thankfully, Isernio’s sausages are super versatile and can be used in a number of different recipes. And, as our holiday gift to you, we’ve rounded up some of the best for your holiday table.

APPETIZERS

Hosting a casual get-together? Set out a bunch of appetizers instead of making a full-scale holiday meal. After your guests arrive it will be practically hands-off for you, and – trust us – everyone loves a good app.

Margherita Isernio’s Sausage Meatballs: Make these ahead of time and serve them in a crock-pot to keep them warm throughout your party. Or set them on a platter with their own little toothpicks for a bite-sized treat nobody can resist.

Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms: Up the elegance with these delicious stuffed mushrooms that are packed with sausage, cheese, and savory goodness.

Spicy Sausage Wonton Cups: Crunchy wontons, creamy cheese, and just the right amount of spice make this an app that will disappear faster than you can say Merry Christmas.

Garlic Toasts with Sausage, Pepper, and Goat Cheese: A classic Italian combination of sausage and peppers atop a crunchy crostini come together for a perfect pre-dinner bite.

BRUNCH

When hosting brunch for a crowd, pick recipes that you can serve, and then sit down with your guests and enjoy. Avoid dishes (like crepes, omelettes, or waffles) that will require your ongoing attention to keep your serving plates full.

Pasta Frittata with Sausage and Mushrooms: This dish will have the “wow” factor that a traditional breakfast casserole lacks. Sausage, eggs, mushrooms, and cheese – with pasta for a unique flair. What’s not to love here?

Breakfast Lasagne: Store-bought hash browns make this dish a breeze, and a ton of veggies make this dish practically guilt-free. Plus it’s a beautiful, colorful addition to your brunch table spread!

Maple Sausage French Toast Bake: You don’t want to be stuck at the stove flipping French toast, but you can still serve it to your guests in the form of a casserole. Even better – you can make it the day before so all you have to do before your company arrives is pop it in the oven.

SAVORY SIDES

If you’re serving a traditional sit-down dinner we know that turkey or ham will probably be the star of the show. But these amazing sides are just waiting to steal the spotlight.

Stuffing with Sausage and Rum-Soaked Figs: Love traditional stuffing but just want to give it something…extra? Rum-soaked figs are just the non-traditional twist you need!

Green Bean Casserole with Sausage: Don’t serve the same old side. This recipe adds sausage to upgrade everyone’s favorite holiday veggie dish.

Wild Rice and Basmati Casserole with Sausage and Sage: Rice as a side dish gets a serious upgrade with this flavor-packed casserole.

It really is the most wonderful time of the year, and we love being a part of your holiday gatherings. How will you incorporate Isernio’s into your seasonal recipes?