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Hatch Chile 101


We recently announced our newest addition to the Isernio’s family, our Hatch Chile Chicken Bratwurst. So we thought it was timely to give you an overview of why Hatch Chiles are so sought-after this time of year, and why people love them so much.

A “Hatch Chile 101,” if you will.

What Are Hatch Chiles?

Hatch Chiles are a specific type of chile pepper that hail from the Hatch Valley in New Mexico. The season for these chiles is quite short, basically extending from the beginning of August through the end of September. Due to this brief season, its arrival at grocery stores is typically celebrated at the end of summer; it’s not uncommon to see stores hosting roasting events or displaying the peppers prominently at the entrance for the few short weeks they’re available.

What Makes Hatch Chiles So Special?

The Hatch Chile actually has the same origin as the Anaheim Pepper, but it’s the growing conditions that set Hatch Chiles apart. The high elevation of the Hatch Valley allows for lower overnight temperatures which has a distinct effect on its flavor, as does the soil from the region in which they’re grown.

Hatch Chiles have a more “earthy” flavor than traditional chiles, and when roasted properly their flesh turns into a buttery texture, rendering a smoky and slightly more mellow taste.

Are Hatch Chiles Spicy?

There are several varieties of Hatch Chiles, and their heat levels vary widely. While many have a mild kick, some can be as hot as a jalapeno. But like the jalapeno, you can reduce the heat by removing the seeds.

Hatch Green Chiles tend to have a spicier kick, while the Hatch Chiles that are left on the plant until they turn red tend to mellow a bit.

Our new Hatch Chile Chicken Bratwurst delivers a flavorful, satisfying sausage with the smoky and spicy Southwest flavor of the Hatch Green Chile. If you’re ready to try it, use our product locator to find it in a store near you! 

Tips for a Better Pasta Salad

At Isernio’s, we love gathering with good friends and good food. This time of year, that usually means coming together for a backyard barbecue, a potluck picnic, or another get-together where you’re expected to bring a dish to share. 

Pasta salad is a pretty popular party food, but that doesn’t mean that yours has to look anything like the other guy’s. We’ve come up with a comprehensive list of all the possible pasta salad components so you can put together a combo that’s uniquely and deliciously yours. 

Pastas: Don’t make the mistake of believing the pasta is simply a vehicle for the rest of the ingredients so its shape doesn’t really matter. Instead, choose your pasta specifically to match the rest of your dish. Avoid long noodles (like spaghetti or linguine), and opt for sturdier options that will hold up to the other components.

Penne, Rotini, Farfalle, or Shells
Mini versions of the above shapes
Orecchiette
Gnocchi
Tortellini
Orzo
Tri-color pasta for visual interest

Veggies: Most often, veggies add great color to your pasta salad. But you can also use them to flip the tables on the traditional pasta salad by making it vegetable-heavy and using pasta as a complement; envision a spinach salad with gnocchi sprinkled throughout. 

Peppers
Cucumbers
Cherry tomatoes
Spinach
Peas
Green beans
Corn

Dressing: Pasta salad is usually tossed in a vinaigrette or mayonnaise-based sauce. Especially during the hotter months, skip the mayo-based dressings and opt for something that won’t spoil so quickly.

Italian salad dressing
Balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Lemon juice and dill
Pesto sauce

Cheese: Think outside the box here! There are so many great options at your local grocer, from sweet-and-smooth fruited varieties to sharp and spicy cheeses. You might even pick your favorite one and build your whole recipe around it! 

Cubed cheddar
Fresh mozzarella
Shaved parmesan

Feta cheese
Blue cheese
Goat cheese

Meats: Meat is optional, but we love the addition of a good, savory protein to round out the dish. Most recipes call for your meat to be cooked and cubed, but in the right dish you could also get away with a ground meat if it’s seasoned well and fits with the rest of the ingredients.

Cooked, diced sausage
Cubed chicken
Bacon
Diced ham
Pepperoni, salami, or other cured meat

What’s in your signature pasta salad? We’d love for you to make one this summer using our fresh, premium Isernio’s ingredients. Try our Italian Seasoned Ground Chicken, our Italian Chicken or Pork Sausages, or our Chicken Spinach and Feta for a perfectly paired flavor.

Why People Love Isernio’s

We’re proud of what’s in our products. Or rather, we’re proud of what’s not in them. But no matter how many times you hear that our sausages are all-natural and filler-free, we know that reviews from our real-life customers speak far louder than anything we could ever tell you.

And so, we’ve collected some of our favorite reviews from actual Isernio’s loyalists. Here’s why people – people just like you – love Isernio’s.

Your sausages, and especially your Italian sausages, have been my sausage of choice for many, many years. The quality is excellent, and they just plain taste great. A big thank you for making your products gluten free and for making that information available on your website. But the biggest thanks is for making a quality product that tastes so good.
– Denise, Bellingham, WA

I have to say that Isernio’s makes the best chicken sausages in the world! I have tried all of yours, and try to buy them all the time…Thank you for making it possible for me to enjoy one of my favorite foods, a sausage that is flavorful, moist and delicious, and is made the healthy way.
– Maggie, Port Orchard, WA

I just want to say that your chicken breakfast sausage is the BEST I have ever eaten, bar none. I am very impressed that there are no unnecessary chemicals added yet it has a better taste than other brands I have tried.
– Deidre, Shadow Hills CA

As a mother of four children who is trying very hard to make more healthy food choices for my family and I these sausage rolls go a long way toward providing the flavors that we love in our traditional recipes while being healthy.
– Laura, Tacoma WA

I just want to say thank you! My mom found out that she had terrible food allergies about 8 years ago. She is allergic to corn, wheat, and soy…my mom had to cut out almost everything familiar including the sausage we used to make spaghetti sauce, stuffing, casseroles, pasta dishes, etc.

Mom came up to Seattle over the holidays and I made a turkey with sausage stuffing, as I sat there crumbling the sausage into a pan, she “reminded” me of her allergies. I tossed her a package of sausage and she almost cried.
I just shipped a care package to her home in Arizona and included five pounds of sausage among other foods that she can’t get there.

Thank you for bringing flavor back into her life.
– Karla, Kirkland WA

A couple of years ago, I lost 60 lbs eating your Italian chicken sausage as my primary source of protein. It’s just as lean as chicken breast but much better flavor that I never tired of.
– Martin, WA

Truth be told, these testimonials inspire us as much as they inspire you. Because we don’t just do this work to make ground chicken and sausage, but we do it because we want you to have a choice at the grocery store that fits your dietary needs, your expectations of quality, and your personal budget.

If you love Isernio’s, we’d love to hear it. Tell us your story and help inspire us! Leave us a review on our website, on Facebook, or Yelp. We can’t wait to hear how Isernio’s has enhanced your life!

How to Make the BEST Chicken Burgers

Grilling season is here, and there’s nothing like a great backyard burger. Using ground chicken is a fantastic way to lighten up the classic patty, but chicken burgers have developed an unfortunate reputation for being dry and flavorless.

Now we’re pretty familiar with ground chicken, and we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. Selecting the right product and preparing it properly is key to making juicy, flavorful burgers that are completely satisfying. Here are our top tips.

Choose the right ground meat. A good burger starts with the meat. Isernio’s ground chicken is fresh and 96% lean so it’s healthy and full of flavor, and since it’s made with whole muscle breasts and thighs it retains moisture beautifully.

Use a panade. A panade is a paste made of milk and bread and is used to boost the moisture content of ground-meat dishes like burgers, meatballs, and meatloaf. Add some seasonings to your panade to help incorporate extra flavor throughout your burgers.

Add mayonnaise. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference – just a tablespoon or two mixed into your raw burger mix. The added fat will help increase the juiciness of your burgers.

Mix in shredded veggies. This trick will help you increase moisture, flavor, and nutrition! Shredded zucchini, white or red onion, and bell peppers are all great additions to your burger blend.

Add cheese. Who doesn’t love a cheeseburger? Mix shredded cheese right into the raw meat! This is a great way to customize your flavor – stick with standard cheddar, use mozzarella for an Italian flair, or opt for Feta for a salty Mediterranean-style burger.

Isernio’s has several varieties of ground chicken to help you make the perfect lean chicken burger.

  • Ground Chicken
  • Ground Chicken Breast
  • Italian Seasoned Ground Chicken

What’s your secret to the perfect chicken burger?

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The Best Chicken Burgers - tips to keep chicken burgers juicy and moist