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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.

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

Make These Five Delicious Chicken Burgers Now

Burgers: One of summer’s all stars and one of our very favorite things to eat any season of the year. But if you’ve realized that eating all that ground beef might not be the healthiest way to get through the warmer months, there’s another way to eat burgers without the guilt: Chicken burgers.

Now, before you go running away because of a flashback to a super dry, flavorless patty of the past, remember that using great ingredients and a little cooking sense will keep you on track and sated. For all of you trying to be a little healthier, we salute you. Here are five delicious chicken burgers you should make now.

Rachael Ray’s Chicken Sausage Burgers with Balsamic Onion BBQ Sauce
Honey, fennel seed, garlic, balsamic… what’s not to love about something so flavorful? Start with ground chicken and pancetta, and build from there with this rad recipe from Rachael Ray.

Chicken Sausage Patties with Apple and Sage
A classic combination, apples and sage are great with everything from pork to fish to apple sauce. So, of course they turn ground chicken breast into one of your next favorite summer burgers. Try this Epicurious recipe and tell us what you think.

Greek Chicken Burgers
Greek food is one of our very favorites, with bold, fresh flavors kicking our mouths into gear. Oregano, basil, feta cheese, and sundried tomatoes are the key to this super highly rated AllRecipes recipe for Greek chicken burgers. Bonus: Including prep time, they take under 30 minutes to make.

Green Chili Chicken Burgers
Ready to get zesty? A mix of green chilis, jalapeños, and green onions give plenty of zip and pizzazz to these excellently rated AllRecipes burgers. Not enough flavor for ya? Well, fear not, because they’re topped with cheese and guacamole, to make up for the super healthy chicken base, we suppose…

Serious Eats’ Spicy Buffalo Chicken Burgers
There are few sites we trust more with a recipe than Serious Eats. So, when they put together this Spicy Buffalo Chicken Burger recipe, you know it’s going to be good. All the classic flavors you love with your wings are accounted for, minus all that fryer oil. Plus, there’s plenty of that buttery saucy goodness mixed right into the burger. Yes please!

What’s your favorite chicken burger made with Isernio’s Ground Chicken?

Chicken burger recipes to make right now. #chickenburger #healthyeating

Mac ‘n Cheese, Please!

All year long, there are funny little food holidays that celebrate things like chocolate and pepperoni sticks and ice cream sandwiches. They’re very specific and very frequent, and we kind of ignore a lot of them. But apparently July 7 is national Macaroni and Cheese day, and it’s hard to ignore something that delicious — especially when you add Isernio’s sausage to the mix.

The cool thing about mac ‘n cheese is that there is really no wrong way to make it. It’s all about personal preferences and it’s a very forgiving dish. For many of us, it was one of the first things we ever learned to cook by ourselves, and whether or not that involved pouring powdered cheese from a box into a stove, it was a pretty cool thing to know how to make.

These days, we recommend you leave the powdered cheese to the kids, and focus on using great ingredients to make your macaroni and cheese shine. Here are some great ideas:

Hot Italian Mac ‘n Cheese
It’s a proven fact that our Hot Italian Pork and Chicken Sausages are one of the most versatile foods on earth, fitting in well in everything from lasagna to sandwiches to breakfast casseroles. But when you’re taking it to cheeseville, add in flavors that will complement it. With spices like paprika, fennel, and garlic pumping up the flavor, it does well with any kind of cheese, but especially fontina, jack, and pecorino. Toss in some roasted red peppers, maybe a little extra garlic, and top it all with breadcrumbs before popping it in the oven. Bellissimo.

Chicken and Double Feta Mac
Colorful and flavorful is a solid combo, every day of the week, and our Chicken Spinach Feta Sausage accomplishes both of those feat on the regular. To make it into mac, we like to pop it out of the casing, and sauté up the sausage until it browns a little, then set it aside. In the same pan, you can add tomatoes and mushrooms, letting things soften, and then toss in a little spinach to wilt at the end. Mix the sausage with the veggies and fold it into a cheese sauce made with a Quattro Formaggi cheese blend, then toss in your choice of pasta — lumache is especially interesting and delightful. Before popping it in the oven, crumble feta over top of the pan; or, if you’re not going to bake it, just add crumbles into your bowl for a little extra burst of salty, cheesy goodness.

Summery Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese
It’s always a good day for mac ‘n cheese, but summer is an especially lovely time to make a big batch highlighting great seasonal produce. That’s why our Chicken Basil & Sun Dried Tomato Sausage goes so well in this dish. We like to bump up the basil factor and make a bit of a non-traditional mac. When we make our cheese sauce for this one, we use fontina, a little cream cheese, and a bit of tomato sauce. The creamy sauce is more gooey than stretchy, and is perfect with big bites of the sausage and rigatoni or another totally tubular shape. Tuck in chiffonade basil, a few capers, and chopped Mama Lil’s goat horn peppers for a truly good meal.

Happy Macaroni and Cheese Day!

Macaroni and cheese - three great recipes! #macncheese

Cook Dad a Gourmet Meal With These Delicious Recipes

What are you doing this Father’s Day? If you’re still making plans, we have a few suggestions, and of course they all revolve around cooking.

One of our favorite family traditions is cooking a delicious Sunday meal together. And whether your Father’s Day plans revolve more around getting out of the house and running around all day, or hanging close to home — and close to the stove — there’s a great recipe for all types of nights.

Little Time:
Arugula & Mixed Green Salad with Sausage and Fennel
Looking for a light lunch or dinner that also ticks the box of “hooray, I’m eating a salad!” but without sacrificing flavor? This one is fresh and fabulous, with fennel, arugula, and a quick olive oil and balsamic dressing.

Medium Amount of Time:
Chicken Chile Lemongrass Dumplings
Dumplings aren’t just the perfect food to get by the dozen at your favorite Chinese restaurant — they’re also a fun family project. It sounds complicated, but it’s really not much more than a little prep, some time to let the ingredients meld together, and having enough hands to put the little packets together. Enlist your siblings to roll out the wrappers and you’ll be feasting on healthy little dumplings in no time.

Lots of Time:
Sunday Sauce: Ragu Napolitano with Italian Sausage and Pasta
One of the all-time classic, best recipes, this super thick sauce fuses together amazing flavors in a dish that takes over three hours. Thanks to its long braise and slow cook time, the sauce is rich with meat juices from short ribs and sausages fusing together. The result is a stunning family favorite that also makes amazing leftovers.

Happy Father’s Day to all our favorite dads! 

Sausage and Seafood Pasta

Sausage and Seafood Pasta copyOur very own Taylor has been busy in the test kitchen and put together this easy yet delicious pasta dish with spicy sausage and seafood.  The simple flavors all combine for a hearty and fragrant main dish.  Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Any seafood can be used in this pasta according to your preference (substitute in shrimp, scallops, etc. instead of the clams or calamari if you like).  Precooked/frozen seafood can be used to speed things up as well.

Sausage & Seafood Pasta

Ingredients:

2 Tb. olive oil
1- 1 pound roll Isernio’s Hot Italian Sausage (pork or chicken), or 4 links removed from casings
2 shallots, minced
1 head of fennel, medium sized, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 pound cooked clams
1/2 pound cooked calamari or squid
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 pound angel hair pasta

Preparation:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Crumble sausage into skillet and cook, stirring, until it begins to brown.
  3. Add in shallots, fennel and garlic and cook until sausage is no longer pink.
  4. Pour wine over sausage mixture, bring to a boil, then simmer until wine has reduced 50%
  5. Add in chicken stock and stir to combine.
  6. Put clams and calamari into pan and cover for about 5 minutes.
  7. Add in heavy cream and cook uncovered for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Pour mixture over noodles and enjoy.

Easy Sausage Vegetable Bake – Fall Comfort Food

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There’s a definite chill in the air these days, the leaves are starting to turn yellow, and at least here in the Great Northwest the rainy days have returned – that means it’s time again for our favorite fall comfort foods.  There’s nothing better than a warm, hearty dinner this time of year, and with such a bounty of vegetables available from the fall harvest, the time is perfect for a recipe like this one for a Sausage & Vegetable Bake.  This recipe was developed by our friends Kim H. and Cicely W. (of Rusted Van Photography) – not only is it full of fresh colorful vegetables and delicious sausage, it has the added bonus of being super easy!  We’ll turn it over to Kim and Cicely from here to share their recipe:

 

Easy Sausage Vegetable Bake

Adapted by Kayotic Kitchen: http://www.kayotic.nl/blog/lazy-sunday-casserole

We love this easy recipe! A delicious combination of vegetables and sausage links that bakes up to perfection in the oven. It is so easy to adapt to your family’s tastes and we can almost guarantee you will find yourself adding it to your regular dinner rotation during the fall!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 4-6 Isernio’s Hot Italian Sausage Links (Pork or Chicken)
  • 5 red potatoes
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • ½ pound carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt (to taste)
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Wash and chop all of your vegetables into similar sized chunks (1 1/2 inch-ish chunks), evenly spreading into a large roasting pan. Cut onion in wedges in order to keep them in “chunks”.

Grate the garlic and add to a small bowl with the oil, italian herbs and chicken broth. Pour over all of the vegetables, gently tossing to ensure all vegetables are covered. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cover with foil and bake for approximately 45 minutes.

While your vegetables are baking, prepare your sausage, according to package directions and cutting each sausage into 2-3 pieces. No need to cook entirely through, just until browned on all sides as the sausages will finish off in the oven.

When your vegetables are fork tender, add sausages. Pour balsamic vinegar over entire mixture. Bake uncovered for an additional 25-30 minutes, flipping sausages and gently tossing vegetables halfway through this final bake time.

 

Note: Do yourself a favor and take the time to get regular carrots vs. pre-washed baby carrots – the difference in the flavor is WELL worth the extra effort

 

This recipe has endless combinations! If you don’t like something, leave it out or replace it with another root vegetable! Diced butternut squash, acorn squash, fennel, turnips, beets, brussel sprouts, and rutabaga all work wonderfully in this recipe! Even an apple would be a yummy and unexpected addition to this vegetable bake! The key is to keep them all similar in size to ensure even cooking.

 

(Thanks again to Cicely at Rusted Van Photography for the photos!)