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Now Is the Time to Try Isernio’s Ground Chicken (New Recipes Included)!

Your summer probably isn’t looking like you expected it to. 2020 has definitely thrown us all a few curve balls. So we thought it would be timely to bring you some news to brighten your season for the next couple of months:

Isernio’s ground chicken is available at Northwest Costco stores for the summer season!

If you haven’t tried Isernio’s ground chicken, now is the time. And if you’re a tried-and-true fan, it’s time to stock up. Our ground chicken rolls are available in a four-pack in the freezer sections of northwest Costco stores at a fantastic value.

Isernio’s ground chicken can be used as a healthy and flavorful swap in any recipe that calls for ground meat. You’ll immediately notice it tastes lighter and more fresh than ground beef or pork, and is juicier than ground turkey. This is because we only use whole-muscle skinless chicken with no fillers, additives, or preservatives.

Just chicken. Nothing else.

In fact, did you know that a standard 4-ounce serving of Isernio’s ground chicken:

  • has less fat than ground beef or ground turkey?
  • has fewer calories than ground turkey?
  • has the same amount of protein as ground beef?

Chicken wins in every category – including flavor.

Ground Chicken Recipe Ideas

Once you’ve picked up your Costco haul of Isernio’s ground chicken, it’s time to get cooking. Here are some of our favorite ways to use ground chicken!

Burgers: Who doesn’t love a good burger? We have lots of tips on how to keep your burgers juicy. You can also try one of these flavor-packed recipes!

  • Green Chile Chicken Burgers with Cheddar and Grilled Onions – Smoky roasted green chiles, grilled onion rounds, and sharp cheddar cheese make this the next-level burger recipe you’ve been searching for.
  • Grilled White Cheddar Chicken Burgers with Apple Slaw – Whole fennel seeds and melted white cheddar inside these ground chicken burgers adds a pop of flavor into every bite. Topped with a slaw made from fresh ingredients including sweet apples, these tasty burgers will please a crowd.
  • BLAT Burger – Top your burger with bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato for a fresh and flavorful burger! For a cut above, use Hempler’s bacon and support our local PNW cousin!

Meatballs: Lighten up your traditional meatballs by using juicy ground chicken instead of beef or pork.

Tacos: Simply use your regular taco seasoning, or try our original recipe for Baja Chicken Tacos.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad: No bland or dry chicken here. Make flavor-packed chicken patties to top your salads with this amazing recipe!

Asian-Inspired Recipes: Stir-fries are simple when you swap ground chicken for diced chicken. Try these!

  • Spicy Chicken & Cabbage Lettuce Cups – Plenty of tangy crunch and lean protein will make this easy skillet meal a popular choice for the whole family on a weekly basis.
  • Skillet Orange Chicken – Using ground chicken means this classic dish is on the table is less time than it takes to grab take-out!

With so many delicious possibilities, what are you waiting for? Grab your ground chicken at Costco today and get creative in the kitchen!

What’s your favorite way to use Isernio’s ground chicken?

Seven Recipes for Father’s Day that Kids Can Make

We know you want to spoil dad on Father’s Day – but so do the kids! Instead of tackling complex recipes that make them feel excluded, choose simple but indulgent dishes that the kids can have a hand in making. These kid-friendly options are bound to be a hit in any family – after all, the secret ingredient will be love. 

  • Here’s a cute idea – make roasted peppers and onions but spell out “dad” in sausages. Older kids can help cut the veggies, while younger kids can help with assembly.
  • Meatballs! Kids of any age can help mix and form meatballs. You can serve them in traditional marinara sauce, or get creative with one of these serving suggestions.
  • Skewers are fun to make and fun to eat. Little hands will love helping put together this special meal for dad. 
  • Ravioli Lasagna is a hearty twist on the classic. Kids of any age will have a blast layering frozen ravioli in place of regular noodles. Add cooked ground sausage to your sauce for extra flavor.
  • Everybody loves pizza (especially dad!) so make an upscale version by putting together an Italian Sausage Stromboli. The kids will enjoy spreading the toppings and helping to roll up the dough to put in the oven. 
  • Dad won’t complain about pizza for breakfast. Simple scrambled eggs and crumbled ground sausage are easy to make with supervision the night before, and assembly’s a breeze in the morning.
  • Sausage & Pepper Quesadillas elevate the typical fare but are simple enough for kids to manage stove-top. Just make sure you’re close by in case they need help flipping!

Don’t forget that your final dishes are only as good as the ingredients you choose. Use Isernio’s sausage to make any recipe feel upscale. Choose from links or rolls, chicken sausage or traditional pork, spicy or mild. There’s an Isernio’s variety for every preference!

What will you (and the kids) make this Father’s Day?

What Are San Marzano Tomatoes?

You can pour your soul into your cooking, but at the end of the day your final dish is only as good as the ingredients you use. To that end, you’ll find a lot of classic Italian recipes – including some of our own Isernio’s original recipes – call specifically for San Marzano tomatoes.

But are San Marzanos truly necessary? Let’s take a look at what they are, how they’re different, and whether they’re worth the extra cost.

What are San Marzano Tomatoes?

San Marzano tomatoes are a variety of tomatoes grown in a specific region of Italy. Located near Mount Vesuvius, the volcanic-infused soil and temperate climate produce a tomato that has fewer seeds, less acidity, and is sweeter than the traditional plum tomato. Because of this perfect balance, San Marzanos need very little in the way of seasoning straight out of the can. The resulting sauce is rich, flavorful, fresh, and practically effortless.

How Can I Identify Real San Marzano Tomatoes?

Because San Marzanos are only grown in a small area of the world, they are imported to the United States and command a premium price tag. But like anything, there are plenty of imitators. Real San Marzanos will have a DOP (Denominazione d’Origine Protetta) seal and certification number on the bottom of the can – and they are only sold whole or in fillets. Any “San Marzanos” that are diced or pureed are fraudulent.

Also, be aware of tomatoes labeled “San Marzano Style.” That means nothing – other than that you’re buying plum tomatoes packaged to look like San Marzanos.

Are San Marzanos Worth It?

Of course, we say yes. When you taste the difference you’ll understand why they’ve garnered the reputation they have. However, we also recognize that they’re not as easy to come by as traditional tomatoes and that they come with a premium price tag. Our best advice, even if you don’t opt for San Marzanos, is to try some new, higher-quality tomatoes than you’ve been traditionally using. Taste how it changes your final dish, and we bet you won’t go back to bland and watery value-priced versions.

Quality Matters

It’s always been our goal to bring you the highest quality Italian sausages available. With no fillers and only premium seasonings, you can taste the difference. Try Isernio’s in your next recipe and see how it takes the flavor to the next level. Try a new variety today!

Quarantine Cooking: Make Homemade Pasta!

You’ve probably got a little more time to spend in your kitchen these days, so why not take the time to do something you always wanted to do but never had the courage to try?! Make homemade pasta! Trust us, it’s way simpler than you think. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • add water as needed to combine

To make the pasta dough:

In a food processor – Combine all ingredients until well combined. Knead by hand for 1-2 minutes.

In a stand mixer – Beat eggs; add all other ingredients and blend until well-combined. Knead with dough hook for 8-10 minutes.

By hand – Place flour on a clean work surface. Create a well in the middle; crack eggs into it and add salt and olive oil. Beat eggs while gradually incorporating flour. Mix by hand and then knead until smooth and elastic.

Once you have your dough, wrap it in plastic and allow to rest for 30 minutes. Then roll out the dough and cut it to your desired shape. Cook in salted boiling water until al dente, typically 1-3 minutes for fresh pasta.

Use fresh pasta in any of your favorite recipes! Make our half hour tomato sauce or extra-special Sunday sauce. Toss it with some classic meatballs or cut your noodles extra-wide to make this Pappardelle Pomodoro. The possibilities are endless; make sure to choose your favorite Isernio’s sausage variety to take your culinary experiment to the next level!

Ten Instant Pot Recipes You Have to Try


The Instant Pot has become a staple in many kitchens. With its ability to cook foods quickly, magically meld flavors without hours of simmering, and get dinner on the table without heating up the kitchen, many home cooks have fallen in love with the countertop kitchen appliance.

We’ve rounded up ten amazing recipes that you can make in your Instant Pot using your favorite Isernio’s sausage. Use traditional links, or opt for our easy-to-use rolls if the recipe calls for removing the casings. 

Instant Pot Italian Sausage and Peppers – This classic Italian dish has never been so easy!

Instant Pot Bangers and Mash – Use your favorite type of sausage to make links and potatoes all at one time.

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Chili – Use Isernio’s rolls to make this comfort food in far less time than it takes to make it stove-top.

Instant Pot Sausage Gnocchi Soup – Using potato gnocchi instead of fresh potato chunks gives this take on Zuppa Toscana an elegant flair!

Instant Pot Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Strata – Breakfast in the Instant Pot? Yes, you can!

Biscuits & Sausage Gravy – Want the quick-and-easy version? This is the recipe you want. Want the “foodie” version that’s a little more labor-intensive? Here you go.

Chicken Sausage Noodle Soup – No need to boil and shred chicken for this version of the comforting classic.

Instant Pot BBQ Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches – This recipe even gives you instructions on how to make it a freezer meal for a super-fast weeknight dinner.

Instant Pot Sausage and Rice Stuffed Peppers – No need to heat up your whole kitchen; just make your stuffed peppers in the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Pasta – We love a good bowl of comforting pasta. This creamy dish won’t disappoint!

Isernio’s offers several varieties in both links and rolls to match your family’s lifestyle needs and preferences. We have both Mild and Hot Italian Sausage made with either chicken or pork, and Classic Pork Sausage or Classic Chicken Sausage. Find your favorite variety in a store near you, and try a new Instant Pot recipe today!

Authentic Italian Sausage Made Right Here in the PNW

We love a good story, so for those of you who don’t know it, we thought we’d tell you ours:

Frank Isernio was born to Italian immigrants who settled in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. With a father who grew the family’s vegetables and a mother who took immense pride in her traditional Italian cooking, Frank grew up with strong work ethic and a sincere appreciation for fresh ingredients, uncompromising quality, and his cultural roots.

Frank began making sausage as a hobby, using his mother’s time-tested recipe as inspiration. Few authentic Italian sausages were available commercially in the area, so eventually he was convinced to begin selling his sausages to local restaurants. It started as a part-time venture alongside his full-time job as a pipefitter, but the quality of Isernio’s sausages spoke for itself and it bloomed into a full-scale commercial operation.

As the product line grew and distribution expanded, it became necessary to relocate production to a facility with expanded capacity. Committed to staying local where the Isernio’s roots ran deep, the company moved into a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Kent, WA in 2012.

Isernio’s is a local company that has received both national and international recognition for its quality, innovation, and authenticity. So the next time you’re looking for high-quality fresh sausage for your traditional (and not-so-traditional) dishes, look no further than your own backyard! Isernio’s brings you the best of Italy straight from the Pacific Northwest. We’re proud to be your neighbor!

LEARN MORE:

The Isernio’s Timeline

The Isernio’s Story

 

 

Why You Should Choose Ground Chicken

In today’s health-conscious environment, there’s no shortage of nutrition advice available. However, the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming and make it difficult to be confident about your personal nutritional choices.

One common food swap many people make when trying to clean up their diets is to swap ground turkey for ground beef. And indeed, this change yields significant fat and calorie savings. But did you know there’s an even better option?

A standard 4-ounce serving of Isernio’s ground chicken is lower in fat and calories than ground turkey, and has just as much protein as ground beef! And because our ground chicken is made only with fresh whole-muscle chicken thighs, it retains moisture better and has a superior texture compared to ground turkey.

If you’ve never used ground chicken in place of other ground meats in your favorite recipes, now is the perfect time to give it a try. We think you’ll be blown away by the quality, flavor, and freshness. Consider the nutritional benefits, and we bet you’ll make our ground chicken your new go-to protein!

 

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Holiday Hosting with Isernio’s Sausage

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends, and when it’s your turn to host you want to serve your guests nothing but the best. We’ve rounded up some great recipes to consider for your holiday menu – try them with fresh and flavorful Isernio’s sausage!

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

Overnight Breakfast Sausage, Egg, and Veggie Strata – Holiday hosting is so much easier when you can do most of the work ahead of time, allowing you more time with your guests. Make this the night before and just pop it in the oven the next morning.

Italian Sausage Quiche – Quiche is the breakfast casserole’s more-refined cousin. If you want something easy but a little more upscale, this is it. It’s easy to customize the fillings to your liking!

Cinnamon Roll Pigs in a Blanket – Part sausage roll, part cinnamon roll, this sweet-and-savory combo will be like nothing your guests have tried before! 

APPETIZERS

Garlic Toasts with Sausage, Pepper, and Goat Cheese – This Isernio’s original is a spin on the classic Italian crostini. The individual portions make it perfect for pre-dinner noshing.

Herbed Meatballs with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce – If you can’t find our Cranberry Sage Sausage, just use our Classic Pork Sausage. The cranberry sauce will give you all the holiday flavor you need!

Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms – These bite-sized apps are ideal for a buffet or open house. Savory and satisfying!

MAINS

Sausage Plait with Caramelized Onions – This braided puff pastry stuffed with sausage, fresh herbs, and sundried tomato paste will steal the show at your sit-down holiday dinner.

Classic Lasagna with Sausage – A lasagna is a true labor of love, and its gorgeous presentation is worthy of any holiday gathering. It’s a great way to feed a crowd and can even be assembled in advance to cut down on your day-of to-do’s. 

Homemade Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce – If you’re hosting a more intimate gathering, treat your family or friends to a real delicacy – homemade gnocchi! Serve it with tomato sauce and browned sausage, or a more cream-based sauce for a holiday indulgence. If you’re crunched for time, you can always buy fresh gnocchi at your grocery store for a shortcut.

Recreate some of these Italian holiday traditions in your home this season, and make your holiday dishes using Isernio’s. We offer classic Mild and Hot Italian Pork Sausage, and lightened-up Mild and Hot Italian Chicken Sausage.

What are you serving this season?

Holiday Brunch Recipes for Every Diet and Lifestyle

These days, holiday entertaining can be complicated. With allergies, dietary preferences, and health-conscious guests, finding delicious recipes that check all the nutritional boxes can be difficult.

Isernio’s is here to help. With filler-free sausages that comply with Whole 30 guidelines and are naturally gluten-free, along with leaner and lower-calorie chicken sausages, you can offer your guests a high-quality, flavorful dish they will feel good about eating no matter their restrictions. Here are some recipes to try.

LOW FAT AND LOW CALORIE

Our chicken sausage is a great option to lower the fat and calories in any traditional brunch recipe. Using lean chicken, it has 80% less fat than the USDA “standard” for typical pork sausage.

Sausage, Cheese, and Veggie Egg Bake – This veggie-packed recipe has only 200 calories per serving!

Skinny Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole – Low-fat dairy and cottage cheese make this recipe creamy while keeping the calories low. Use Isernio’s chicken breakfast sausage instead of turkey sausage.

KETO AND LOW CARB DIETS

Keto and other low-carb diets are not necessarily interchangeable, but these recipes should work for any guests that are counting carbohydrates.

Sausage & Spinach Crustless Quiche – You won’t even miss the crust with all the flavors in this filling quiche.

Keto Frittata with Sausage – What’s the difference between a quiche and a frittata? A frittata has more eggs, more veggies, and less cream.

Low-Carb No Egg Breakfast Bake – This is great if you want to offer a dish besides the traditional low-carb egg bake.

WHOLE 30 AND PALEO LIFESTYLE

Whole 30 and Paleo diets are not identical, but there are a lot of similarities. Stick to recipes with fresh, whole ingredients and avoid grains and dairy.

Italian Sausage Breakfast Pepper Bake – This dish offers a beautiful presentation, each perfect portion served in its own bell pepper!

Loaded Paleo Breakfast Hash – Sweet potatoes, apples, and kale give this flavorful dish a ton of gorgeous color. Use sausage instead of ground pork for easy flavor.

Sweet Potato Quiche – Do you typically use shredded potatoes in your breakfast casserole? Swap them out with sweet potatoes like they do in this dairy-free recipe.

OTHER DELICIOUS OPTIONS

If you don’t have to be mindful of dietary restrictions, these recipes look amazing and are bound to be a crowd-pleaser.

Spicy Sausage and Egg Naan – Serve these gorgeous flatbreads as-is, or set up an assembly bar for your guests to customize their own.

Pasta Frittata with Sausage & Mushrooms – Pasta…for breakfast? Yes. Yes you can.

Sausage, Apple, and Cheddar Monkey Bread – This is even made in the slow cooker so you’ll be free to greet your guests as they arrive!

Apple Sausage Pancake – A little sweet + savory action will delight your guests in this oven-baked pancake. 

Overnight Breakfast Sausage, Egg, and Veggie Strata – Make-ahead dishes are best when entertaining. All you have to do is pop it in the oven!

 

When hosting a holiday brunch, it’s best to keep it simple. Avoid made-to-order omelettes or individual pancakes that will keep you in the kitchen and away from your guests. Instead, serve make-ahead or hands-off dishes that will allow you to enjoy your guests, enjoy your meal, and enjoy the togetherness of the holidays.

Check out all our original breakfast recipes here, and check out our full line of breakfast links here!