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Recipe Ideas for Isernio’s Meal Starters

We launched a line of Meal Starters to make meal time faster and easier than ever. The pre-seasoned chicken sausage in these Meal Starters adds effortless flavor to any recipe, meaning you can whip up dinner in minutes – and with minimal need for additional seasonings.

Our Meal Starters come in three varieties and we encourage you to get creative with how you use them, but if you’re the type of home cook that prefers to follow a recipe, we’ve got you covered. Here are some Isernio’s original recipes developed specifically for our line of pre-seasoned Meal Starters.

Roasted Garlic & Herb

This variety is seasoned perfectly for classic Italian dishes. Use it in soups, casseroles, as a pizza topping, or to make meatballs. Here are some quick-and-easy recipes you can make using our Roasted Garlic & Herb Meal Starter:

Skillet Lasagna with Herbed Ricotta

Simple Stuffed Peppers

Sweet Chili & Ginger

This variety is ideal for Asian-inspired dishes. Stir-fries, lettuce wraps, and salads need practically no additional seasonings to make them full of flavor. Here are some recipe ideas using our Sweet Chili & Ginger Meal Starter:

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Vietnamese-Style Noodle Bowls

Southwestern Style Chile & Garlic

Looking for south-of-the-border flavor with a little extra heat? This variety is for you! Make tacos, casseroles, omeletes, or salads with this Meal Starter. Some other ideas are:

Street-Style Tacos with Avocado Cream Slaw

Easy Empanadas with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Ready to get cooking? Find our Meal Starters in a store near you using our product locator!

Introducing Isernio’s Chicken Patties!

BIG NEWS! We’ve launched a new line of chicken patties – flavorful chicken burgers have never been easier! Our new chicken patties are available at Safeway stores in Washington State and come in five flavor varieties:
✔️ Classic Seasoned
✔️ Caramelized Onion & Bell Pepper
✔️ Spinach & Feta
✔️ Teriyaki & Pineapple
✔️ Hatch Chile & Queso Fresco
Our chicken patties are all natural and made from fresh, whole muscle chicken and contain no fillers. They are also free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, MSG, and nitrates & nitrites.
Some of the varieties are seasonal, so grab ’em when you can. Use our product locator to find them near you.

Ground Chicken Fritters

Want a new recipe that your whole family will love? Look no further than these ground chicken fritters! They’re savory, cheesy, and can be seasoned any way you’d like. Plus, the almond flour means they’re low carb and gluten-free! Serve them on a salad, on slider buns with a tasty sauce, with mashed potatoes & smothered in gravy, or as an appetizer with dipping sauce. They’re really versatile – get creative!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Isernio’s ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella or cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • cooking oil of choice

Cooking Instructions:

Mix all ingredients (except cooking oil) in a bowl.

Heat 1 Tb. cooking oil on medium to medium-low heat. When oil shimmers, scoop meat with an ice cream scoop or soup spoon and use the back of the scoop/spoon to flatten it into a fritter. Fry 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through. Cook in batches and do not crowd the pan.

 

Easter Breakfast Ideas from Isernio’s

Making your Easter breakfast menu? We’d love for our sausages to get an invitation to the table. Here are seven recipes that would be great for the holiday – you can’t go wrong with any of them!

Italian Easter Pie: This traditional Italian Easter dish is packed with two pounds of meat, gooey cheese, and wrapped in a buttery crust. Make it the day ahead so you can be hands-off on Easter!

Apple Sausage Pan-Cake: This isn’t something you see every day! “Wow” the family with this sweet-and-savory delight.

Ground Chicken Breakfast Hash: This ground chicken and sweet potato breakfast hash is filling, nourishing, and loaded with sweet and savory flavors that will leave you coming back for more. Serve it with eggs on top!

Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Pastry Muffins: Puff pastry is formed in a muffin tin and loaded with breakfast sausage, sharp cheddar cheese, and eggs and then baked to crispy perfection. A great upscale twist on the standard egg cup!

Egg & Sausage Hash Brown Nests: These are so cute – they resemble spring on a plate!

Everything Bagel & Sausage Casserole: Everyone’s got their go-to breakfast casserole recipe. This one takes it up a notch with everyone’s favorite bagel!

Breakfast Sausage Bread: This stuffed, golden baked loaf is simple but impressive. A guaranteed hit!

The best recipes start with the best ingredients. Choose Isernio’s sausages – pork or chicken, classic, mild Italian, or hot – to make sure your Easter breakfast turns out amazing. Find them in a store near you!

Family-Friendly Ground Chicken Recipes

Dinnertime can be a huge challenge for busy families. Between hectic schedules and picky eaters, the idea of sitting down to a meal can feel so stressful it’s hard to even try for family meals.

At Isernio’s, we want to help. Our ground chicken cooks up quickly and is a great component of a number of easy and flavorful meals. Here are several to try with your family – one is sure to make its way onto the weekly rotation!

Anytime Chicken Meatballs – Who doesn’t love meatballs? This oven-baked version will give you plenty of hands-off to pull together the rest of your meal. Serve them with pasta & sauce, mashed potatoes & gravy, or even barbecue sauce & coleslaw!

Creamy Skinny Pasta Casserole – Pasta night! This cheesy, savory baked pasta dish can be assembled in advance and popped in the oven for a satisfying, hands-off dinner.

Baja Chicken Tacos – Elevate taco night in a way that gets even the pickiest eater on board. Everyone chooses their own toppings so everyone gets a customized meal they love.

Thai Chicken Meatballs in Coconut Peanut Sauce – Serve this creamy dish over rice, noodles, or your favorite veggies!

Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes – These sloppy joes have veggies hidden in plain sight to make them extra healthy. Want something a little different? Try cheeseburger sloppy joes instead!

Skillet Orange Chicken – Is the fam craving take-out? This version comes together faster than running to your local restaurant!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets – This is the one meal you’ll never hear a complaint about. These nuggets are packed with juicy, flavorful protein and invisible veggies. Make a bunch in advance and freeze them for a super-fast meal you can feel great about!

Chicken Parm Burgers – Chicken parmesan made simple. Burgers are always a hit, and these cheesy, sauce-y burgers will hit the spot with everyone in your family.

Glazed Japanese Chicken Meatballs on Skewers – Garlic-and-ginger-infused meatballs served on cute little sticks! Your kids will love this!

Chicken Fritters – Cheesy chicken fritters go great on salads, with sliced veggies, or with frozen tater tots or fries. They can be a fork-food for the grown-ups, and a finger food for the littles!

Want more recipe ideas? Check out our complete recipe collection and try a new dish tonight with your favorite Isernio’s product!

Our Top Ten Facebook Posts of 2020

It’s always fun to look back on the year and see what you guys were into on our social media pages. Turns out, you all love sausage and ground chicken. We knew we liked you! Here’s our countdown of the Top Ten posts on our Isernio’s Facebook page in 2020.

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Isernio’s Biggest Fan!

Five-year-old Bennett is a huge Isernio’s fan. When his dad contacted us looking for some Isernio’s swag to give him for Christmas, of course we had to help him out. Here is a video of his priceless reaction!

Merry Christmas, Bennett! We’re honored to have you as our biggest {and littlest} fan!

Christmas Morning Casseroles

Breakfast casseroles are a popular choice for Christmas morning. They’re easy to cook, easy to eat, and many can be assembled the night before. If you’re looking for a special Christmas breakfast recipe to try this year, here are ten that are all loaded with sausage. Make them with your favorite variety of Isernio’s to make the morning extra special!

We here at Isernio’s wish you the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of holidays. Here’s to a season of good food and full hearts; we’ll catch you again in the new year!

Find our products in your local retailer with our product locator.

We Love Meals on Wheels!

Meals on Wheels does fantastic work for seniors in our community. This year has been especially difficult for many, and Meals on Wheels has stepped up their game. In 2020, they have averaged nearly 12,000 meals EACH MONTH to homebound seniors in Whatcom County. Most receive a week’s worth of frozen meals, bread, and milk for each delivery, but some seniors unable to reheat their own meals are visited daily with hot food. Not only does the provide them with a valuable source of nutrition, but it’s also an additional safety net for these vulnerable community members who receive more frequent contact and wellness checks simply by receiving a meal delivery.

Meals on Wheels also has a weekly drive-up meal distribution program where seniors can receive a hot meal and six additional frozen meals. This is a much-needed solution for those who were accustomed to visiting a local senior center for a hot meal pre-pandemic. This service is averaging 7,500 meals each month.

Overall, demand for food assistance through Meals on Wheels has increased a whopping 44% since the beginning of the pandemic, and we’re so thankful Meals on Wheels is able to meet the need. Recently we were able to volunteer with one of their distribution programs. In addition, Isernio’s has financially supported their fundraising efforts and contributed sausage to their weekly meal boxes.

If you know of a senior who is struggling, please share this amazing resource with them. And if you have the means, consider donating to support the cause. In this unprecedented year where so many are having a hard time, seniors have been hit especially hard. They’re at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, but they’re also at huge risk right now for undetected physical or mental health issues due to isolation. Meals on Wheels is caring for our seniors in a way that many others can’t right now – with both food and compassion.

Thank you to Meals on Wheels for all they’re doing in our community!