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Grilled Sausage Flatbread with Caramelized Onion and Figs

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Crisp grilled pizza dough is topped with slow-cooked onion slices, sliced sausage, tangy goat cheese and sweet figs for an impressive and restaurant-worthy dish that’s perfect as an appetizer or ...

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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

Introducing New Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage from Isernio’s!

At Isernio’s, we pride ourselves on bringing you the best. The best flavor, the best quality, the best products.

And now we’re so excited to announce that we’ve combined all of that quality you expect with the convenience that you crave.

We’ve launched a new line of fully cooked chicken sausages, letting you whip up a healthy and tasty meal faster than ever before. They come in three different varieties:

  • Sweet Italian Chicken with Parmesan Cheese
  • Caprese Chicken with Mozzarella, Basil, & Sun Dried Tomato
  • Apple Chicken

All of the sausages are made with chicken raised with no antibiotics ever, are 100% vegetarian fed, and certified humanely raised and handled.

And because we’re committed to bringing you the best, our new fully cooked sausages:

  • Are Gluten-free
  • Contain no MSG
  • Have no nitrates or nitrites
  • Are free of preservatives
  • Have no artificial colors or flavors

They’re also low in carbs and high in protein, making them fit with a number of different dietary lifestyles.

And since they’re fully cooked, they are incredibly versatile. Reheat them and toss them with your pasta, slice & saute them to sprinkle on a hearty salad, or toss them on a grill, wrap them in a bun, and top them to your liking.

Right now you can find the Italian Chicken Sausage and Caprese varieties at Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington and Oregon. All three varieties are available C&K Markets in Oregon and California.

And if you’re not in the current distribution area – don’t worry! We’re working to bring this product to more stores soon! In the meantime, see what products are available in your area here.

How will you use our new fully cooked chicken sausages?

Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage

Five Alternatives to the Traditional Easter Ham

Maybe you’re not cooking for such a large crowd this year. Or maybe you’re just looking to mix things up from the traditional Easter ham. Regardless, here are five delicious and impressive dishes worthy of your holiday table.

All featuring our favorite ingredient – sausage!

Crown Roast of Lamb with Spicy Sausage and Apple Stuffing by Lin’s Food: Lamb is a fantastic Easter dinner, and it couldn’t be more majestic than in this crown. Stuffed with savory sausage and sweet apples, this will be a delight for both your eyes and your taste buds.

Italian Easter Pie by Genius Kitchen: You might think that ham is the traditional Easter food, but the Italian tradition is a savory Easter Pie filled with eggs, meats, and cheese. It is also known as “Pizza Rustica.” This year treat your family to a REAL traditional meal and present one of these at the center of your table.

Grilled Sausage with Asparagus by My Recipes: This would be a great option for a less formal Easter dinner, or a small crowd. The vibrant colors scream “spring,” and the fresh flavors practically pop off the plate. Plus, using Isernio’s sausages you can mix up the sausage varieties to offer your guests a number of different flavor options.

Rock Cornish Hens Stuffed with Sausage by Isernio’s: How cute would these be sitting on a plate? Petite and perfect, this would also be a fabulous option for a small, intimate gathering that doesn’t necessarily warrant a whole ham.

Beef Braciole Stuffed with Sausage by Sur la Table: A formal holiday is worth a real labor of love, and few things are more special than a long-simmered beef braciole. It might not be traditional, but what’s stopping you from starting your own new tradition?

We’d love for Isernio’s to be part of your holiday menu. And from our kitchen to yours – Happy Easter!

What do you typically serve for Easter?

Alternatives to the Traditional Easter Ham - main dish ideas for your Easter holiday menu.