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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!

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! 

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!