Caramelized onions add a deep, rich flavor to most any savory dish. Sometimes, though, you don't want to take the time to cook them before you can start the rest of your recipe. Taking a shortcut with our Caramelized French Onion Dip mix gives you all the flavor without the fuss.

Try these seven crazy, ingenious recipes with our Caramelized French Onion Dip to make your family or dinner guests think you slaved over the meal. Then use the time you save for an extra cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

1. Hearty Roast Beef or Pork

Not only does the dip mix save you time you'd usually spend measuring spices and mincing herbs, but you can save even more time by popping it into the oven or the slow-cooker and using that cook time for other tasks.

For quick clean-up, prepare your meal in an oven cooking bag. This also keeps the meat moist, while the "low and slow” cooking technique makes it tender.

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of flour into the bag and shake it well to coat the inside.

Next, place a beef or pork roast inside the bag. You can use any cut of beef or pork, but a rump roast or sirloin roast works well. Scrub baby carrots, small potatoes, and baby portabella mushrooms; if the potatoes are large, cut them in half.

Mix a package of Caramelized French Onion Dip mix with 3/4 cup of water. Pour the sauce over the roast, massaging it through the bag to be sure the whole surface is coated. Add the carrots, potatoes and mushrooms and close the bag with its tie. Cut five or six 1/2-inch slits. Bake the roast for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until it is tender.

2. Not Your Mama’s Meatballs

Mix up a batch of Caramelized French Onion Dip meatballs; you won't need your mama’s marinara to top them. They're perfect all by themselves or served up on crusty French or Italian bread rolls as sandwiches.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix 1 package of dip mix with 1 pound of ground turkey, 1/2 cup of oatmeal, and 1 egg. Use your hands to blend everything thoroughly and then form the mixture into meatballs. For an extra touch, tuck a small piece of mozzarella or cheddar cheese into the center of the meatball.

Place the balls on a 9-inch x 13-inch baking sheet that you've lined with parchment paper, and cook them for 20 minutes or until they are cooked through.

If you still want a sauce after you taste these yummy treats, mix a little softened cream cheese, sour cream, and dip mix together in a saucepan, and heat it through on low heat.

3. Palate-Pleasing Cheesy Bread

Cheese and onions: what more do you need to know about this dish to know it's going to be a new favorite?

You can use any cheese blend that you have on hand if these aren't your favorites. And you can even make this ahead of time and freeze it for later. Just pop it into zippered freezer bags before baking, then thaw and bake it when you're ready to nosh.

Grate 2 cups each of sharp cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses. Mix them with 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (the good, fresh stuff), 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 4 tablespoons softened butter, and a package of Caramelized French Onion Dip mix.

Cut a loaf of crusty French bread in half lengthwise, and spread the cheese mixture on both halves. Bake the bread at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or if you're baking it straight out of the freezer, bake it for 20 minutes.

4. Kicked Up Grilled Cheese

It's hard to believe, but there might be times when you actually have a bit of Caramelized French Onion Dip leftover after a party. Don’t let it go to waste!

Spread one side of two slices of whole wheat bread with the dip. Place one slice dip-side down in a skillet or on a griddle (or panini press). Then, top with your favorite cheese (a smoky Gouda would be terrific) and add the second slice of bread, dip-side up. Toast the sandwich on the first side and then flip it to toast the other side.

5. Too Tired to Cook Pasta

If you have Caramelized French Onion Dip and pasta, you've got dinner!

Mix the dip according to the package directions, add a little olive oil to the dip to thin it slightly, then toss it with cooked pasta. Serve it warm with a green salad or chill it for a unique twist on pasta salad.

6. (Semi)Homemade Salad Dressing

Impress your family or guests with a special salad dressing. Make Caramelized French Onion Dip according to the package directions, then add a splash of milk to make it pourable. Toss a variety of salad greens, some walnuts or almonds, a bit of feta or bleu cheese, and a handful of dried cranberries, and then top them with your "secret recipe" salad dressing.

7. Creamy French Onion Chicken and Rice

While you are preparing the chicken, cook 1 cup of brown rice in 1 cup of chicken broth and 1 cup of water until it is tender.

Slice and sauté one onion in a little olive oil until it is translucent and just beginning to turn golden. Add 1 cup of chicken broth. Season two skinless, boneless chicken breasts or four thighs; add them to the onion and broth, and cook them for 8 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup Caramelized French Onion Dip, 1/2 cup of milk, and 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning, stirring it in thoroughly. Cook it for 4 minutes longer or until the chicken is cooked completely.

Spoon rice onto a plate and top it with the chicken. Pour the pan sauce over the top of the dish.

Want more ideas? Contact us today for more simple deli-delicious recipes and gift ideas!

 

 

The holiday season is past us, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of gift-giving has to end. The new year is sure to be filled with all sorts of birthdays, holidays, special celebrations, and reasons to be grateful. As we were all recently reminded, choosing the perfect gifts for the people in your life can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Couldn't someone special on your gift list use the mood boost that comes with a sausage and cheese gift basket?

Here are a few people you may want to consider.

1. The Over-Doer

Everyone has an over-achiever in their life, that person who has their New Year’s resolutions planned out months in advance—and actually sticks to them. That person might seem to have it all together, but one thing is for sure: that person needs a break.

If you have an over-doer in your life, a gift basket with decadent sausage and delicious cheese can be just the thing for a calm moment to themselves.

2. The Party Hosts

Who consistently throws the best party of the year? Which couple makes it a priority to invite everyone over for a beautiful dinner every few months?

The party hosts are people who love good food and good conversation. They pour over recipes, comb shops for the perfect ingredients, and spend hours cooking their creations. They know and respond to everyone's dietary needs and food preferences.

If you know people like this, you know that they go out of their way to provide fantastic meals for everyone they know. They also probably get tired of cooking.

The next time you are invited to a dinner party or cocktail gathering, bring the hosts a sausage and cheese gift basket. They'll appreciate it when they are cleaning their kitchen the next day and don't even want to think about cooking.

3. The Person With Too Much Stuff

Maybe it's your friend, your brother, or even you own mom, but there is surely someone in your life who simply has too many things. The last thing you want to do is give them another mug, figurine, or sweater that is just going to take up space.

A sausage and cheese gift basket makes a great choice for this person because they can eat it, enjoy it, and even use the basket for holding odds and ends that are scattered throughout their home.

4. The Lonely Guy (or Gal)

Do you have a friend whose relatives live too far away to visit? Or maybe you know someone who was recently divorced and having to spend their birthday or a special holiday away from their kids. People who spend a lot of time alone can easily become depressed.

Bring some light into this person's life with a sausage and cheese gift basket. Then offer some time and companionship in helping them eat it.

5. That Person You Don't Know Very Well

Nothing is quite as awkward as the relationship you have with someone who you barely know but who is important enough for you to feel obligated to give a holiday gift. This could be your dad's new girlfriend, a great aunt who suddenly sent the kids sizable savings bonds, or the neighbor who cut the lawn when your leg was broken. You want to give something special, but you have no idea what the person would want.

A sausage and cheese gift basket is a great way to show appreciation for someone, even if you don't know them well. It's a lovely and thoughtful surprise that is sure to please.

Is there someone on your 2017 gift list that could use a delicious dose of specialty cheese and sausage? This simple gift could truly make someone's day. Contact us for more information and to order a basket for someone in your life.

With a brand new season of the hit TV series “The Walking Dead” upon us, nothing beats a Sunday night watch party with friends. And what better way to keep the theme of the night than with some spooky and spicy snacks to share. If you're brain-dead on what to bring to your next showing, try one or more of these creative hot sauce recipes.

Each of these recipes is made with our “Colon Blow Hot Sauce,” which is a Habanero sauce that easily lives up to its name. But for a milder snack, try any one of our delicious hot sauces. With these zombie-themed treats, your snacks will be the life of the party.

Beefy Brains

Don't worry, you're not cooking real cow brains here, but your guests won’t know by looking. This recipe will create a hot nacho dip that goes well with mini-burritos, tacos, or tortilla chips.

Start by cooking ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Break it apart as you cook and remove from the heat after about 10 minutes, or once the meat is crumbly and brown.

Drain the grease from the skillet into an appropriate container, run the meat briefly under cold water and place it in a large saucepan. Cover your beef with our hot sauce and add any peppers you like to boost the heat index. We find that green and red peppers go best with this particular recipe.

For more taste, add some yellow mustard seeds and tomato juice. Heat the mixture on the stove until it begins to boil, and then simmer for an hour, stirring every few minutes to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Serve it in a bowl or spoon it over nacho chips with our Gringo Guacamole for the best presentation.

Hot Dog Intestines

If there's one thing that zombies love more than brains, it's intestines. Create your own delicious version with this tasty hot dog recipe.

First of all, buy linked hot dogs from a butcher and keep them connected during the preparation process. Why? So that you can better simulate the look of intestines. Boil them in hot water until they are brown and firm and then pour your sauce into a large frying pan. Use this sauce as an oil as you fry your hot dogs. This will help the sauce soak really deep into the skin of the hot dogs.

Severed Chicken Fingers

Last, but not least, is this severed chicken fingers recipe. This will give you over a pound of delicious (and hot) chicken strips that can be dipped in just about anything—from our Western Ranch to our Danish Bleu Cheese.

Start by cutting boneless chicken breast meat into three-inch-long and half-inch-wide stripes. These are the “severed fingers.” Place them in a bowl of our hot sauce and let them marinate overnight. Take them out of the fridge the next day, and mix flour, black pepper, and paprika together in a large bowl.

Mix this together with an egg and a dash of milk and then dip each chicken finger in the mix. Completely coat the chicken fingers and fry them all in hot oil. Let them cool down for a few minutes before serving. Drizzle with hot sauce for an even bloodier effect.

Any one of these recipes will make you the life of the party, but integrate all three to become the true king of “The Walking Dead.” Your friends will not only find your food delicious but will love how true each is to the show.

For more fun recipes like this, visit our blog or contact us today. We’ve gotten plenty of recipes that your friends will be dying to eat.

 

 

A gift basket is a timeless present that can be adapted to practically any occasion or person. Unfortunately, people often think of gift baskets as being generic or lacking the personal touch that makes a gift so special. But at Deli Direct, we’re here to prove that creating a thoughtful and unique gift basket isn’t just possible, it’s also simple!

So, it’s time to think out of the box—literally. When it comes to finding the simplest way to make unique gift baskets, we’ve got you covered. With our assortment of gourmet edibles and gifts, you can find a variety of great items to fill your gift basket or simply let us custom-build a basket for you!

First, there are two things to consider when creating the perfect, personalized gift basket.

  1. What is the recipient's personality? Funny or sober? Light-hearted or intense? Studious or athletic? Bookish or a video game aficionado? A dreamer or a pragmatist? Personality affects taste, so you need to know something about your recipient to put together a gift they'll really enjoy.
  2. What does he or she like? What are their hobbies? What activities do they engage in?

Now, for practice, let's take a few personality types and potential hobbies and activities and see where it takes us!

It's your best friend's birthday. He's an outgoing guy who likes to fish, play baseball, and chuck horseshoes with his kids. Let's build a gift basket.

A fishing creel is an excellent and totally different gift container. Stuff it with some small but interesting fishing gear, a baseball cap, or baseball cards of his favorite players, and a 'family fun' horseshoe set. And don’t forget about the snacks!

For an active man who likes to munch while waiting for a fish to bite, gourmet hot salami is a sure hit. Accompany it with hot pepper cheese, and if the fish don't bite, the food sure will! Up the ante with Redneck Fire in the Hole stuffed olives—whoa! You'll make his day! Sneak in Sea Salt Caramel Delight spice dip and graham crackers so he can share some of the goodies with his family.

Your mother just completed a wood-carving course and really wants to share her new skill. Congratulate her with a gift basket, something fitting for a bright, happy woman who 'goes for it.

 How about a large wood tool box or basket? Whatever you use, maintain the wood theme. Give her a few carving tools that she might not have yet. Perhaps a subscription to a woodcarver's magazine. And, obviously, goodies are a must. Tasty crackers, 95% fat-free Lite Summer Sausage, and Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Cheese will bring a smile. If she loves cheese spread, add a yummy spread like Swiss Almond Cheese Spread. A packet of butter cookies and Chocolate S'Mores Dip will turn that smile to a laugh.

Getting the idea?

It's National Boss Day and you want to show your boss appreciation. He's a quiet man who likes to sit in his lounge chair at home, feet up, reading or watching the news. His favorite outside activity is grilling for family and friends.

 Package your gift in a sophisticated but simple basket. Toss in a couple of books by his favorite authors. Most importantly, give him something to grill like a couple New York Strip Steaks or juicy Smoked Bratwurst and Cheddar links. Don't forget the flavoring. If you go with steak, tuck in a bottle of Big Bad Bubba’s BBQ sauce, but if it's the bratwurst, nothing will do but Horseradish Mustard! Expect to get a raise.

Hopefully, you’re beginning to see how it works. Consider who it is that you’re giving your basket to, then find a unique and useful container that suits their personality, as well as the occasion. Just stuff your gift basket with goodies you know they’ll love for an all-around wonderful gift.

Looking for ready-made gift baskets or need a little extra help compiling a unique gift basket for your friend, colleague, or loved one? Contact us! At Deli Direct, we not only have a wide variety of gift baskets, but we can also work with you to design a custom gift basket for a truly unique gift.

There's nothing quite like our delicious meat snacks, and one of our most popular varieties is our smoked pepperoni curls and sticks. They’re lean enough to be a healthy snack and convenient enough to enjoy anywhere.

Here are a few of our favorite ways of serving these tasty treats. Ranging from casual get-togethers to formal events, our pepperoni curls are sure to delight any palate. Make sure to follow our simple serving suggestions for the best results.

1. Sports Game Finger Foods

When you and your buddies get together to watch a sports game, you want snacks that are both easy to make and delicious. Our pepperoni sticks fit that bill! Simply open up the bag, pour them out into a bowl, and serve.

Some people enjoy microwaving or baking these snacks to give them a slightly different flavor, but that all depends on your personal taste. If you do cook them, you may want to wipe the tops off with a paper towel to remove excess grease.

2. Side-Dishes at Weddings

Weddings require a nice variety of finger foods that can be munched on during the reception. Our pepperoni curls go well with a variety of cheeses, including high-quality cheddar and mozzarella. We also suggest serving them with high-grain crackers, so your guests can create open-faced sandwiches that go well with reception drinks.

Serve them at room temperature or slightly chilled for the best taste. If the reception is outdoors, take care to keep them out of the heat for prolonged periods of time. 

3. Quick Snacks at Work

When you're busy at work, it can be tempting to simply skip lunch when you don't have anything on-hand to munch on. Put a bag of our pepperoni curls snacks in your work fridge for a quick, easy, and healthy snack. Their low calorie count and high protein levels make them a great little pick-me-up that will keep you feeling full and energized throughout the day.

4. High-Energy Food For Hiking

Hiking is a great way to exercise and explore the beauty of nature, but it is an energy-draining process. If you plan on hiking for a few hours, take along some of our pepperoni curls and sticks!

They store easily in many types of containers, and always taste good on the trail. They also give you a burst of pure, protein-powered energy. Avoid eating more than a handful at each stop to avoid cramps and other problems. Pair them with some hard cheese for an even more filling snack.

5. Beach Day Chow

Spending time on the beach always requires some food and drinks. Beyond the grilled hot dogs and burgers typical at beach parties, you should consider our pepperoni sticks. They go well with a variety of dishes and can even be placed directly on top of hamburgers or hot dogs for an even meatier and more delicious meal.

Keep them cold in your cooler for a crisp and refreshing snack. Pair them with cheeses, jams, crackers, and fruit for a truly splendid spread!

As you can see, our meat snacks lend themselves to a variety of fun uses. Keep some pepperoni curls handy for whatever life throws at you and you'll find yourself a life-long fan. Please contact us today if you are interested in purchasing these snacks or if you have your own awesome serving suggestions.

 

Gift baskets are a common part of our modern culture. You got them when you were a kid on Easter morning, and you receive them as tokens of appreciation and well-wishes from hotels, business partners, family, or friends.

However, gift baskets aren't a modern invention. They've been around for centuries, stretching back to the time when baskets were far more than just an interesting centerpiece on your dining room table. Let’s take a look at the bizarre history behind gift baskets and how they’ve evolved into the presents we know today.

Gift Baskets Throughout History

In the long ago and far away, baskets were an important part of everyday life. People used baskets to carry food from the garden or to carry smaller animals back from a hunt. Baskets were hung from beasts of burden like saddlebags and worn across the shoulders like backpacks. They were, in a very real sense, a huge part of day-to-day life.

Because of that daily importance, baskets figured symbolically in our mythology as a vessel for gifts and bounty.

Street Directory points out the significance of the goddess Eostre. Eostre was a pagan goddess who was popular in Germanic cultures and represented fertility and life. She's also seen by some as an older patron of the holiday we now know as Easter (in case the name wasn't a dead giveaway). Eostre carried a basket, and in that basket were young plants, which would be given as offerings on this sacred holiday. This is why, when we celebrate the holiday, we tend to give gifts like an assorted fruit drops basket.

Of course, Eostre is far from the only mythological example we can draw on. The horn of plenty, or cornucopia, was the source of the god Zeus' nourishment as a child, when he hid from his father so he wouldn't be eaten. That same horn was often depicted at feasts, spilling over with fruit and sweets, but rather than made of actual horn it was often woven, making it a strangely shaped basket. And, of course, who could forget the story of Moses, placed in a basket and put in the river (along with crocodiles, hippos, and other cuddly beasts), who floated his way into the home of Egypt's pharaoh?

With baskets given prominence in our myths, it was only natural that we gave them symbolic importance as part of holidays and special occasions. And, as traditions expanded and more people interacted with each other, gift baskets became more common.

Going Beyond Holidays

While there's no saying for certain how gift baskets went from a holiday tradition (something you gave a few times a year or at events like weddings) to an everyday present, the transition has definitely occurred. Today, all you have to do is type the words "gift basket" into a search engine, and you'll find gift baskets of all different shapes, sizes, and fillings, ranging from elegant to unusual. You’ll find everything from a basket full of gourmet beef jerky (like the jerky beer bucket) to an arrangement of beautiful fruits and cheeses (like the sweet treats gift basket), and that's just on the first page of results!

It's impossible to say precisely how the gift basket became such a modern-day staple. It remains one of our earliest recorded methods of gift giving (since baskets were a lot more common that sequined wrapping paper back in the B.C. days), and despite all the advances we've made technologically and culturally, it still clings on. Of course, part of that may be because everyone loves getting gifts, and there's something so whimsical about getting a gift basket that it always catches us off guard. And well, sometimes novelty is really the best part of getting a gift.

For more information about creating your own custom gift basket, contact us today!

 

Summer is heating up, which means many of us are craving lighter, chilled foods to keep us feeling cool and fresh. Summer sausage is the ideal ingredient for summertime meals, as it doesn't require cooking or heating up your kitchen using the stove or oven. This makes it the perfect protein source for all your summer meals.

Here are a few of the many ways you can use summer sausage as an ingredient in these popular summertime dishes.

Protein-Packed Pasta Salad

Add diced summer sausage, as well as your favorite veggies, to cold pasta salad for a quick and easy lunch packed with protein, or a delicious side dish to serve at your next cookout or get-together. This dish stores well in the fridge and is best served chilled, so there is no heating involved when eating at work or serving at a party. No-heat dishes are super convenient, especially in situations where obtaining access to a kitchen may be difficult or even impossible, like a summer picnic in the park.

Fresh Vegetable Salad With a Kick

Like the pasta salad mentioned above, a fresh vegetable salad topped with summer sausage, like our Ragin’ Cajun Summer Sausage, is the perfect chilled, summertime dish with a kick. It’s also highly customizable, as you can add whichever veggies you like (or happen to have on hand), as well as toppings such as cheese, sunflower seeds, fruit, or dressing. This is a great, light lunch or afternoon snack that is sure to keep you full until dinner, thanks to the added protein from the sausage.

Sweet and Spicy Sausage Sandwiches

Serve chilled summer sausage sliced on sweet Hawaiian rolls along with a slice of Swiss cheese and spicy mustard for some sweet and spicy sandwiches for lunch or dinner. These are great served alongside a fruit salad and are perfect for packing in a lunch box. They also make great finger foods at a party, and they are so easy to put together, you won't mind making plenty to go around.

Cooled-Down Kebabs

Nothing is better than food on a stick, but sometimes it's just too hot to grill up traditional kebabs. On those hot summer days, these cold kebabs are the perfect solution. Simply place cubed summer sausage, cubed cheese, and cherry tomatoes on a skewer and serve cold. Just like the sandwiches above, these are great for lunch or for a gathering. To add a sweet touch, serve these savory kebabs alongside some fruit kebabs.

Traditional Summer Sausage Tray

Of course, the easiest way to serve summer sausage is in the traditional way, with cheese and crackers on the side for creating tiny cracker sandwiches. There is a reason this method of serving summer sausage has been around such a long time. It's simple, perfect for parties, and gives party guests the opportunity to customize their little sandwiches. There is absolutely no shame in using your summer sausage in this way at your next event or even in your lunch pail, but be sure to try out some of the options mentioned above as well.

These are just a few of the fantastic summertime recipes you can whip up with our delicious, gourmet summer sausages. At Deli Direct we offer two flavors of summer sausage, as well as a fat-free version, so you can decide which one suits you best—or order all three! Don't forget to order some of our wonderful cheeses as well. These pair perfectly with any sausage and are an excellent addition to all the dishes listed above.

If you have questions or comments about our products we would love to hear from you. Please contact us with any questions or for assistance placing your custom order.

 

Father's Day is coming up quick. Give your dad a gift he’ll truly enjoy with one of our delicious meat and cheese gift baskets. Meats and cheeses are an unexpected treat that will delight his taste buds and warm his heartand if you’re lucky, he might even share!

Our gift baskets are completely customizable, so you can make sure you fill your dad’s basket with his favorite flavors. If you aren't sure where to begin, you might that find one of our pre-selected collections has just what you need. Add and remove items as you see fit, in order to make your basket unique and to create the perfect gift for a perfect dad.

Here are just a few of our tasty gift basket options.

Ham and Cheese Masterpiece Basket

If your dad is the ham in your life, the Ham and Cheese Masterpiece Basket is just the gift for him. Ham, cheddar, crackers, pickles, cookies, chocolates, and more fill this basket to the brim with goodness. With so many treats inside, this gift collection is sure to last your pop for quite some time, giving him lots of opportunities to feel the love.

For a tasty treat, cut the included ham into thin slices, place on a cookie sheet, brush with honey mustard glaze, put a thin slice of cheddar on each piece of ham, and place the cookie sheet in the oven at 375 degrees. Let the slices cook until the cheese melts and the glaze begins to bubble. Remove from oven and serve on Hawaiian sweet rolls.

Some Like It Hot Basket

For those dads who enjoy the spicier side of life, the Some Like It Hot Basket is sure to hit the spot. This collection contains a wide variety of spicy morsels that will perk anyone up. Spicy summer sausage and hot dips, spreads, and sauces are the fillings for this intense basket.

Help your dad start his special day the spicy way by making a spicy sausage egg melt. First, brown several thin slices of spicy summer sausage. After browning the sausage, cook up a batch of scrambled eggs. Add the sausage to the eggs, top with cheddar or pepper jack cheese, and serve with salsa.

Cheese Lover's Basket

Vegetarians will be more likely to appreciate our Cheese Lover's Basket. This basket does not contain meat, but it does include an assortment of delicious cheeses and cheese spreads. It also includes crackers, a cheese spreader, and a knife so your old man can enjoy his gift right away.

Create an amazing macaroni and cheese dish, using the assortment of delicious cheeses included in this basket!

Sausage Champion Basket

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Sausage Champion Basket is the go-to gift for meat lovers. It contains ham, pepperoni, and two kinds of sausage. All of this is presented alongside crackers, mustard, and a knife to make it the perfect, filling lunch to go.

Use the incredible combo of meats included in this basket to make a meat lover's pizza that is to die for.

Gourmet Deli Classic Treasures Basket

Of course, if you are unsure which basket would be perfect for your pop, you could always go a more traditional route with the Gourmet Deli Classic Treasures Basket. This is a huge sampler and includes sausage, ham, cheese, various dips, chocolates, and much more. You can't go wrong with this enormous basket, as it is sure to contain something to please anyone.

Whichever basket you decide to get, your dad is sure to be thrilled and may even start munching right away. If you’re lucky, he may even share some of the contents of his basket with the whole family.

If you aren't sure your dad will want to share or if you have a big, hungry family, you could always order some extra sausage and cheese to share at your family Father's Day get-together. Our snacks are the perfect addition to any party and offer something nearly everyone will enjoy. Just don't count on having leftovers!

If you would like to order gift baskets or snacks for Father's Day, or for any other occasion, please contact us at Deli Direct. We would be happy to help you find the perfect basket or treat for your needs. Don't see what you want? No worries! Remember, we make each basket and collection to order, so we can include anything you like.

Some of the best memories people can make involve cooking with their kids and family. If you have a dad in your life who's a chef at heart, you know the special memories to be had cooking together.

With Father's Day approaching in June, you're sure to be looking for unique gift ideas for the dads in your life, and Deli Direct can help! We have some incredible dip mixes that can make the dishes your dad loves to prepare even tastier or inspire him to try something new.

In order to make your gift even more special, we have some fun, easy recipes for your dad to try. Check out these great Father's Day party dip ideas. When you choose which dip mixes your dad will love, you can include copies of these recipes, and others you think he'll enjoy, with his gift.

Spice Up Your Dad's Life!

Does your dad love spicy food? Our Beat the Heat Habanero Mix is our hottest dip yet! Add it to chili or taco meat as the seasoning, sprinkle it on steak, or mix it with ground beef to give burgers some extra heat.

Another great way to use this seasoning is to make it into a dip for raw vegetables, chips, bread, or crackers. For something a little less spicy choose our Jumpin' Hot Jalapeno Mix, which is one notch below Beat the Heat. Here's a tasty recipe to try:

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Dip

  • 1 jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 1 package Beat the Heat Habanero Mix or Jumpin' Hot Jalapeno Mix
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Serve with an assortment of bread, crackers, raw veggies, or tortilla chips.

Note: Those who are sensitive to dairy products can make this dip with soft goat cheese.

Holy Guacamole!

Guacamole is a wonderful way to get some healthy fats into your diet. Our Gringo Guacamole Dip Mix makes some seriously tasty guacamole. It can be mixed up per the package directions, or you can try this delicious recipe:

Gringo Guacamole

2 ripe avocado, mashed

2 tsp lemon or lime juice

1 package Gringo Guacamole - A Spice Above Dip Mix

1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt

1 medium tomato, chopped

Mash avocado. Add lemon or lime juice and mix. Stir in Gringo Guacamole seasoning, sour cream or Greek yogurt, and chopped tomato. Chill 1-2 hours and serve with tortilla chips, raw veggies, or as a topping for nachos or tacos. You can even use this amazing guacamole in a 7-layer Mexican dip!

Note: Those who are sensitive to dairy can make this guacamole with goat yogurt.

Stuffed Artichokes

If your dad loves artichoke spinach dip, he'll love our Stuffed Artichoke Dip. It's our #1 best seller! Just mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup sour cream and chill. A great way to serve this dip is with warm Hawaiian bread or slices of a French Baguette.

Dessert, Dessert!

Who can forget dessert? Chocolate lovers will rave over this easy to make Chocolate Lover's Dream Pie. The directions on the package explain the simple filling that includes cream cheese and whipped topping. You and your dad can either buy a crust or make your own.

Making a pie crust for a recipe like this is a lot of fun, and kids will have a blast mashing up the graham crackers or whatever is used to make the crust. To mash up graham crackers, put them in a Ziploc bag and roll over them with a rolling pin or a jar of pasta sauce until they turn into crumbs.

If you'd like to add more chocolate to your pie, this recipe for an Oreo Cookie Pie Crust only contains 2 ingredients and goes together in a snap.

Other pie flavors your dad may enjoy making include Sea Salt Caramel Delight Pie, Sinfully Cin-a-Bun Pie, and White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Pie, as well as many others. Each of these mixes can also be made into dips and served with fruit, cookies, graham crackers, or biscotti.

At Deli Direct, we have a large assortment of party dip ideas for your Father's Day gifts. All of our savory mixes are free of msg, preservatives, sugar, and gluten. We also carry many other items that any chef would love. Contact us today to find out how we can help you choose a great Father's Day gift!

 

A cheese gift basket is a unique and delicious gift that is perfect for so many occasions. Whether you want to give a gift "just because" or you're celebrating a special moment in a friend or loved one's life, a cheese gift basket is a great way to show you care. Looking for some great ideas? Consider these three perfect occasions for giving cheese gift baskets.

Birth of a Baby

Cheese gift baskets make wonderful gifts after the birth of a child. The parents are exhausted, and they probably don’t have a lot of time on their hands to prepare meals. In the days and weeks following the birth of their new baby, they’re more likely to snack and graze on whatever they have around. Cheese makes the ideal snackable gift. Have it delivered directly to their home or bring it to them in the hospital to provide a welcomed alternative to bland hospital food. The basket isn’t just practical, though. It’s also an excellent way to let the couple know you care and share in their joy.

Wedding Anniversaries

Cheese baskets make fabulous gifts for friends or relatives celebrating their wedding anniversaries. Most couples want to celebrate over a quiet, romantic evening, and a cheese basket is a perfect addition to their night. Pair it with a bottle of the couple's favorite wine to create a thoughtful and delectable gift. Having a beautiful basket of quality cheeses gives them something to munch on while they enjoy each other's company and reminisce.

Housewarming Gift

A cheese gift basket is also a great way to welcome someone into their new home. In the chaos of moving, unloading, and unpacking, the pantries and refrigerator often sit empty. A basket of delicious cheeses and crackers is the perfect snack to satisfy your friends’ appetites as they get settled into their new home. If your friends enjoy cooking, you can even include the extra ingredients to make a whole meal, including directions for this tasty macaroni and cheese recipe.

The Best Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 pound macaroni noodles
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • Half cup flour
  • 7 cups grated cheese—choose your three favorite Wisconsin specialty cheeses
  • Half teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 small tomatoes
  • Half teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°

Add oil and salt to a pot of water. Bring it to a boil and add macaroni noodles. Cook as directed. Drain and cool noodles.

Heat the milk without boiling it. Milk should be very warm. Melt half of the butter, and add the flour to it. Stir in hot milk, and cook for about two minutes or until the mixture is thick and smooth.

Add the cheese,salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir. Place mixture into a baking dish. Slice the tomatoes and place them on top.

Mix remaining butter and breadcrumbs to sprinkle on top. Bake for 30 minutes.

Next time you’re looking to give someone a gift that they'll truly enjoy, consider a cheese gift basket. Contact us for more information or for help creating a custom basket of your own. We offer a variety of gift baskets that are perfect for almost any occasion. We take great pride in selecting only the best products. When you give someone one of our baskets, you know you are giving the best.

 

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