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Italian Sausage Stew with Farro and Broccolini

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The Italian grain, farro, is a hearty addition to this rustic stew made with sliced Italian sausage, fresh carrots and broccolini, in a simple chicken broth base. (Look for pearled ...

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Sausage Stuffed Squash

We have a lot of fun in the Isernio’s test kitchen. We especially love trying seasonally-inspired recipes that feature our favorite sausage or fresh ground chicken. So when spent an afternoon playing around with stuffed squash, we thought we’d share some of our top tips for making this seasonal dish in your kitchen!

Stuffed squash is easily customizable and super healthy. Plus, is looks so fancy when it’s served that your guests will never guess how simple it really is. You can stuff almost any type of squash, but these tips work best with winter squash, which includes:

  •         Butternut squash
  •         Sugar pumpkins
  •         Acorn squash
  •         Spaghetti squash
  •         Delicata squash

Grocery stores are brimming with all sorts of fun-shaped squash this time of year. You can even try something new that you’ve never seen before!

Here are general cooking guidelines:

  1.       Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
  2.       Place cut-side down in a baking dish with ¼ inch of water.
  3.       Bake at 350 degrees until it’s tender when pierced by a fork (about 45 minutes, but smaller squash may take less time).
  4.       Prepare your filling while your squash is cooking. All filling ingredients (including meats) should be fully cooked.
  5.       When your squash are done turn them over, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt & pepper, and add your filling. Sprinkle with cheese (if desired).
  6.       Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  7.       Serve and enjoy!

When we made our sausage stuffed squash, we made our filling out of Isernio’s Italian sausage, onion, garlic, tomatoes, carrots, and mozzarella, then topped it with parsley and Pecorino Romano.

However, you really don’t need a recipe. Stuffed squash is so easy that you really can use any mix of ingredients that sounds good to you! Here are some more suggestions:

  •         Sausage, onion, diced apples, and sage
  •         Ground chicken, tomato sauce, onion, and garlic with ricotta or mozzarella (great with spaghetti squash!)
  •         Sausage, peppers, onions, and tomatoes
  •         Sausage, kale, onions, and thyme

Make your own combo with any ground meat, veggies, and fresh herbs. You’ll be amazed how easy this dinner is! And if you choose our Isernio’s sausage or ground chicken as your main ingredient, any ingredient combination is bound to be amazing.

Ten Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow for Mouth-Watering Foodspiration

Whether you’re trying to eat healthy, need quick-and-easy dinner ideas, or want authentic recipes straight from the old country, Instagram has you covered. Here are some of our favorite feeds for whatever type of foodspiration you’re looking for.

trackitlikeitshot – Jenni shares her personal health & wellness journey using the WW system and has TONS of recipe ideas that help her followers stay on plan without feeling deprived. 

no_excuses_chick – Sarah Wilkins is a mother of three, business owner, and nutrition enthusiast. She shares AMAZING meals (and treats) that you can feel good about!

italianfoodforever – WAY more than just pasta here. Deborah shares amazing photos of her Italian recipe creations!

queenofmykitchen – Mona is a master at creating whole-food-based recipes fit for royalty. Her photos are gorgeous and will inspire you to try something new in your own kitchen!

laughingspatula – In a dinnertime rut? This mother-daughter duo cooks up fresh, flavorful, and easy-to-prepare meals. You’re sure to find something enticing while scrolling through their feed!

katieswholeadventure – Whole foods. Colorful cuisine. WW sp totals. If you’re looking for inspiration to keep you on track with your food goals, this is it.

foxeslovelemons – Lori writes recipes and takes the most gorgeous food photos you’ve ever seen. We want to taste everything that’s on her feed!

mrfrankstagram – This Seattle local features hearty, delicious plates. Some come from his kitchen, others come from his favorite local haunts, but all of them look absolutely amazing.

sheeatstolive – Lindsay is an ARNP and RD who shares beautiful and uncomplicated real-food recipes. 

rossellarago – What’s more authentic than cooking with an Italian grandmother? These recipes, tips, and little tidbits of culture come straight from nonna’s kitchen.

Inspired to start cooking? Our Isernio’s Italian Sausages give you that authentic old-world flavor for classic recipes, and our Chicken Italian Sausages help you enjoy all the flavor while lightening up your favorite dishes.

What will you be cooking? Follow us @iserniosausage, and tag us in your kitchen creations!

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!