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Isernio’s: Faster Than Takeout

The afternoon is waning, and you’ve got nothing planned for dinner. It’s tempting to hop in the car and run to the restaurant down the street or swing through the drive-through on your way home from work.

But aside from the usual deterrents to takeout (low quality! high cost! all that waste!), you might be surprised to realize that it’s really not much of a time-saver. Between the time you spend driving to your favorite restaurant and the time you spend waiting for your order to be filled, you can usually whip up a healthy and respectable meal at home.

Isernio’s loves being your go-to choice for all those complex Italian meals steeped in tradition. But we can also be your biggest time-saver, too. Don’t believe us? Here’s how.

 


Pre-Cooked Sausages: These are fully cooked, packed with flavor, and ready at a moment’s notice for a meal that’s sure to please. There are a number of ways you can serve these.

TRY IT:

  • Alone on your favorite roll or bun
  • Slice them and toss with pasta and some store-bought pesto
  • Skewer them with zucchini, peppers, and mushrooms and toss on the grill for ten minutes

The possibilities are endless for a healthy, satisfying meal ready in 15 minutes or less.

 


Sausage Rolls: It takes less than ten minutes to brown a pound of sausage, and if you use our bulk rolls you don’t even have to worry about removing it from the casing, saving you even more time. Sausage is so flavorful in itself that you need very little in the way of seasoning for the rest of your dish.

TRY IT:

  • This Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli cooks the pasta and the broccoli in one pot, minimizing both cook time and clean-up.
  • Brown your sausage then add tomato sauce, salt, garlic, and Italian seasonings. Allow to simmer while you cook up a pot of noodles and you’ve got a quick and satisfying spaghetti dinner. It’s even easier if you keep some of our Half Hour Tomato Sauce in your freezer for just such an occasion.

 


Fresh Sausage: Whether you like traditional or chicken sausage, mild or spicy, Italian or Chicken & Feta, we’ve got plenty of options to keep your quick weeknight meal from being anything but boring.

TRY IT:

  • Our Grilled Sausage Sandwiches come together lightning-fast and since your bun is loaded with both meat and veggies, it’s a complete meal in itself and needs no additional sides.
  • Roast sausage, potatoes, and peppers on one sheet pan for easy cooking and clean-up. Cut sausages into bite-sized pieces and roast in a 400-degree oven with diced potatoes and cut peppers. This recipe may take a little longer than takeout in the oven, but the hands-on prep time is minimal. Hint: Give the potatoes a 20-minute head start, and cook on parchment to make clean-up a breeze.

 


Ground Chicken: Once again, browning the meat takes almost no time and you’re ready to assemble a quick, easy, and healthy dinner. Our ground chicken is guaranteed to make your dish a hit; you’ll find it doesn’t dry out like some other ground poultry products and the whole-muscle chicken thighs ensure that it’s packed with flavor.

TRY IT:

  • Our Spicy Chicken and Cabbage Lettuce Cups are perfect if you’re craving Chinese food.
  • Baja Chicken Tacos will be on the table before you know it.
  • Nachos for dinner are even easier. Use store-bought taco seasoning to flavor the chicken, heat up some beans, and assemble a meal everyone in your family will be happy about.

 


We love to savor time at the table, but we know that in today’s busy world it’s not always possible. Serving Isernio’s for dinner can be even faster than take-out – and a whole lot healthier, too.

What’s your go-to quick & easy meal?

You can cook these dinners in less time than ordering takeout! #fastfood #easydinner #takeout

Isernio’s 2018 End-of-Summer Giveaway + Labor Day Barbecue Ideas

Can you believe that we’re halfway through August? Even though summer doesn’t officially end until September 22nd, most people consider Labor Day weekend to be the final “hurrah” of the season.

It’s a celebration that deserves to be done right, so Isernio’s is hosting a giveaway to help make your end-of-summer barbecue the best one yet. The contest runs until noon on August 22nd, and we’re giving away:

  • FIRST PRIZE: a barbecue grill and 10 pounds of Isernio’s products
  • SECOND PRIZE: outdoor dinnerware and 5 pounds of Isernio’s products
  • THIRD PRIZE: barbecue tool set and 5 pounds of Isernio’s products

Ready to enter? It’s super easy – just fill out this form (active until 8/22/18). You can even increase your chances of winning if you refer friends to enter the contest, too.

And as you’re looking ahead to your Labor Day barbecue and waiting to see if you’re one of the lucky winners, here are some recipes for you to consider serving to your guests:

Grilled Sausage Skewers with Salsa Verde: Simple, healthy, and gorgeous, these colorful skewers and flavorful dipping sauce will keep your guests coming back again and again. And if you want to mix it up with some more skewer inspiration, check out these fun ideas.

Grilled Sausage, Potatoes, and Peppers: Who knew a foil packet meal could be so elegant? This recipe calls for using pre-cooked chicken sausages, and we think any of the ones in our line of fully cooked chicken sausages would be ideal.

Grilled Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms: You’re grilling your main dish – grill your side, too! These sausage-stuffed mushrooms can be assembled in advance and then finished on the grill when your guests arrive.

Italian Mozzarella Burgers with Peppers & Onions: Want to serve classic burgers but want to “wow” your guests with a fun twist? Then these Italian-inspired chicken burgers are the way to go.

Italian Potato Salad: Need something to serve alongside your sausages? This Italian-style potato salad from Produce on Parade isn’t dressed with mayo, and is instead flavored with an herbed olive oil and lemon dressing.

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers with Avocado Salsa: Laughing Spatula has these flavor-packed burgers that are great either with a bun or without. Plus, they’ve got tips on how to make sure your chicken burgers are never dry and always juicy.

Caprese Pasta Salad: Yellow Bliss Road has the perfect simple summer side. Use your garden-fresh basil and tomatoes in this light and bright pasta salad that will let your main dish shine.

Grilled Sausage Flatbread with Caramelized Onions & Figs: Ready to do something really untraditional? This Isernio’s original recipe will help you serve your guests an artistic, upscale meal that comes straight off the grill.

And if you’re just grilling up simple sausages for your guests, don’t forget to check out our sausage cooking tips to make sure they turn out perfect every time.

What will you be serving at your end-of-summer bash?

Labor Day Barbecue Recipes and a Giveaway #laborday #grillingrecipes

Upgrade Your Grilling Game with These Fun Skewer Combinations

While hamburgers and hot dogs are traditional backyard grilling fare, sometimes you want something a bit different. More unique. More impressive.

Enter the skewer.

Also known as a kebab or kabob, the premise is simple yet elegant: thread a collection of foods onto a metal or bamboo rod and roast it over the coals.

But while it sounds simple, there are some guidelines that we think will help your backyard barbecue creations turn out fantastic.

  • Cut all pieces into similar sizes to help them all cook evenly. If some foods are significantly smaller than others, they may be overcooked or even burned by the time the larger pieces are done.
  • If you use wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes prior to threading and cooking. This will help keep them from catching on fire when placed on the heat.
  • Don’t over-crowd the skewer. Food can be touching, but don’t pack it in too tightly. You want the heat to reach all parts of the food.
  • Par-boil potatoes. If skewering potatoes, par-boil them to reduce the time needed on the grill. Otherwise, they’ll take a long time to cook and other veggies will be done far before your potatoes.
  • Cook raw meat on a separate skewer. While skewers of meat and veggies look gorgeous, they’re harder to cook well since the meat and veggies often require different cooking times. You also risk cross-contamination by having raw meat touching your vegetables. The safest (and easiest) way to cook your skewers is to leave them separate. Better yet, opt for our line of fully cooked chicken sausages and you don’t even have to worry about it.

And now, here are some fun combinations to try with your favorite Isernio’s sausage:

  • Hawaiian Skewers. Sausage, pineapple, and red onion basted with a teriyaki glaze.
  • Mediterranean Skewers. Zucchini, peppers, red onion, and sausage served over grilled flatbread, sprinkled with feta, and topped with tzatziki sauce.
  • Italian Skewers. Sausage, red and green peppers, and onions basted with Italian dressing.
  • Pizza Skewers. Sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and cherry tomatoes basted with garlic and olive oil and served with marinara sauce.
  • Cowboy skewers. Sausage, potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, and small sections of corn on the cob, served with ranch dressing.
  • Fajita skewers. Sausage, red & green peppers, red onion, and small sections of corn on the cob basted with butter and lime, and served with tortillas and salsa.

When cooking skewers, you’re only limited by your imagination. Experiment with different veggies, fruits, and sauces. And don’t forget your favorite Isernio’s sausage!

Tips for the Ultimate Bruschetta Bar

You’re familiar with bruschetta – the classic Italian appetizer that consists of toasted bread with some sort of topping. At its most simple, bruschetta is rubbed with garlic cloves and drizzled with high-quality olive oil.

But there are so many ways to take it to the next level, and having a bruschetta bar at your next group gathering would be an amazing way for your guests to customize it to their liking.

Plus, it will look GORGEOUS.

Here are the components you need for a perfect bruschetta bar, and including Isernio’s will make it extra delicious!

THE BREAD

Traditionally, bruschetta is made with rustic, crusty white or sourdough bread. Its cousin crostini is made with smaller, more petite loaves. So choose a larger loaf of tasty bread that your guests can pile high with the toppings of their choice.

Slice and toast it in advance and, if you choose, rub the tops with garlic. Refrain from drizzling olive oil ahead of time as that can cause them to get soggy if they’re not eaten immediately.

THE TOPPINGS

Here’s where you can get creative. You can either set out a whole bunch of ingredients, or have just a few options for your guests to choose from. Include both spreads and toppings, and make sure that the toppings you offer go well together flavor-wise.

Remember, sometimes less is more. Some ideas include:

  • Garlic paste
  • Pesto
  • Soft cheeses like goat cheese, feta, brie, or burrata
  • Caramelized onions
  • Tapenade
  • Hummus or white bean spread
  • Jam or preserves
  • Halved grape tomatoes, chopped or sliced tomatoes
  • Roasted peppers
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Chopped basil
  • Cooked crumbled sausage
  • Prosciutto
  • Pepperoni or salami
  • Sliced, cooked sausage
  • Chopped or thinly sliced fruit including figs, pears, or apples
  • Olive oil or balsamic vinegar for drizzling

The possibilities are endless!

THE PRESENTATION

Choosing your menu is important, but the presentation is what pulls it all together. You can go any number of ways on this:

  • Display the ingredients in stark white bowls on your table or counter
  • Use colorful, mismatched bowls and plates for an eclectic look
  • Create an appetizer board; throw everything on a large cutting board (be sure to keep the spreads in their own bowls or containers)
  • If you don’t have a large cutting board, use a large piece of tile or cover a piece of plywood with aluminum foil to make your own board

If your board looks too plain, throw in some color with food! Slice some red, orange, and green peppers, layer in a bunch of grapes, add some apple slices, or tuck in stems of fresh, green herbs.

A fantastic bruschetta bar is an easy way to impress your guests, and though it looks complex putting one together is a whole lot easier than you think. Plus, you won’t have to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone mingles since it will all be done in advance.

What’s your favorite bruschetta topping?

Tips for a bruschetta bar #bruschetta #appetizer #italianfood