Whether you are a competitive sports observer or a competitive eater, Superbowl Sunday has something for everyone.  Deli Direct has a few football themed tips to help you score a touchdown with your Superbowl Sunday participation.  

Don't get intercepted at a busy store! Most stores get extra crowded selling chips and generic cheese dip right before Superbowl Sunday.  Save yourself the hassle by having it delivered. When the price is comparable to the big stores and the quality exceeds what you can purchase on those shelves, buy it online!  

Kickoff your party with flavorful sauces, salsas, and horseradish products! Your guests will love the kick of heat along side their beer as they watch the game (or hover protectively over the snack table). 

If you aren't hosting a party, don't fumble the host gift! Take the effort out of gift buying with one of many cheese and sausage gift baskets options. Your host will be surprised and delighted by your gift and you might even get to share some of the delightful treats if they add it to their spread. Now that's winning!   

Score a field goal with fun dessert dips! While chip dips are expected, dessert dips add excitement to the game.  Try them with strawberries, grapes or graham crackers. Your competitive eaters will appreciate it and definitely score you an extra three points.  

Whatever your Superbowl Sunday plans, score a safety by planning ahead, ordering high quality, american made products like cheese, sausages and dips from company that makes ordering online simple. Contact us here to place an order today!

What do you do with a man who has more than enough cologne and neckties? Should you get him fancy cufflinks that he’ll probably never wear or a smoking jacket that will most likely never make it off of the bathroom hook? Nah, why not take a page out of grandma’s book of proverbs instead? She always said that the way to win a fella’s heart was with something tasty.

If an apron is the last thing you want to put on, don’t worry. Meat and cheese gift baskets can come to the rescue! They’ll give any man a tasty treat he’ll long remember and you won’t have to get your hands or clothes dirty in the process. Simply look, point and click on the perfect meat and cheese gift basket for Mr. Wonderful. Then wait for it to be delivered and hand it over to him with a smile. Shazam! Your gift giving problem solved.

And what if your man isn’t a fan of meat and cheese gift baskets? Hey, it happens from time to time because not every guy on the planet is a carnivore. For the vegans and vegetarians among us, we’d suggest creating custom baskets overflowing with martini olives, fruits, hot sauce, horseradish and Chubby Cheeks. Oh, and we can’t forget about the wasabi peas, party dips, sweet heat salsa and any number of other deli goodies.

What’s that you say? What about those new boyfriends, coworkers and others who may feel funny about receiving gigantic baskets of treats from the ladies in their lives?  Well, you could scale back and make stocking stuffer size gifts out of treats like garam marsala stoneground mustard and beef sticks. They just big enough to say, “Hey, I’m thinking about you”, without making them worry that you’re ready to sit down and plan a wedding.

To learn more about sending any size deli gift to the men in your life, please contact us today. It may be possible to have it shipped to their homes in time for Valentine’s Day.

Watches, baubles, neck ties, widgets and beads are nice but we can only use so many of them. So after a while, they’re no fun to give or receive. Thankfully, there are still products out there that feed the soul. Cheese and sausage gift baskets are among them. They have the ability to transform Scrooges into giddy children and casual acquaintances into good friends. But that’s providing the cheese and sausage gift baskets have what it takes to delight recipients’ taste buds.

Carnivores Rejoice!

For unabashed carnivores, there is nothing better than a sturdy basket full of premium meats. So we’ve designed our Sausage Champion baskets with them in mind. Each offering boasts a full eight pounds of high quality proteins divided up into a myriad of well seasoned options, including Cajun sausages. And those savory, delicious sausages are not alone. They’re joined by gourmet condiments, crackers, mints and a shiny, sharp cleaver. Thus, it’s a true sausage rush for the pork and beef faithful.

Viva Variety!

For those who live by the creed “the more the better”, Gourmet Deli Classic Treasures baskets are unequivocally the perfect fit. They have two pounds less meat than the sausage gift baskets but feature a number of other, hunger satisfying additions. There is pumpkin butter, pickles, pirouline cookies, assorted condiments and wasabi peas. Recipients will also find dips, olives, chocolates, crackers, pickled beans and close to 50 ounces of cheese in each basket.

Now that’s just scratching the waxy top of the cheese wheel my friends! There are indubitably more cheese and sausage gift baskets to choose from. Plus, we can work with customers to build custom baskets for the most cantankerous, persnickety people they know.  To learn more and find the perfect cheese and sausage gift baskets, please contact us today.

Alright all you grilling meats aficionados, how well do you know your cuts of pork? Could you pin the fork on a rib-eye, blade or center cut chop blind folded? What about a porterhouse or America’s cut? If so, you’re going to love our center cuts. Made from the boneless section of the hog, they’re cut into thick, 7 ounce portions. So, they’re ideal for marinating and throwing together a hearty, quick meal.

Why Dive Into a Center Cut?

For those that might not be able to separate America’s cut from a porterhouse, don’t let it curl your pigtails. We’ll explain why they’ll blow your house down and leave the pack howling for more. Let’s begin with their origins shall we? All center cuts are traditionally taken from the area located directly underneath of the hog’s back fat and well behind its shoulders. As such, it’s usually very tender and lean, unlike other pork chop cuts.

Go Juicy or Go Home!

Because it’s boneless, most center cuts in our grilling meats section will cook in 7 minutes, or one minute for every ounce. For the juiciest chops, pull them off out of the heat when their internal temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit and let them rest for a few minutes. Or, if you hate even the slightest bit of pink, let the internal temp reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit but no more.  And stick to the two to three-minute resting period as well.

No Confusion Apple Infusion

Which marinades work best with our pork grilling meats? Many center chop faithful swear brining each portion is ideal, especially if apple cider is involved. To make apple-infused brine for our center cut chops, you’ll need:

  • 8 Cups Sweetened Apple Cider
  • 1 Cup No-Pulp Orange Juice
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Allspice
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 2 Tsp. Black Pepper
  • 5 Whole Cloves
  • 2/3 Cup Kosher Salt

Boil the brine first then add 36 ounces of cold water to the mix. It will help cool it down. Once the apple brine is at room temperature, add the grilling meats. Then place the whole kit and caboodle into the fridge. Let center cut chops marinate in the fruity brine overnight or for up to 24 hours. Afterward, take the pork chops out of the apple brine and cook them as you please. To learn more about delicious, center cut chops and other premium meats, please contact Deli Direct® today.

With Oktoberfest here, we couldn’t resist talking about summer sausage. European in origin, it captured Wisconsin residents’ hearts during the German migration. Many people settled in the Badger State during that time and shared their sausage recipes with others. Of course they also brought that other great staple with them, beer.

Summer Sausage and Beer Please!

So, if you are going to serve a summer sausage on an October afternoon, choose a German beer to match. Smoky, spiced varieties tend to pair well with strong stouts and amber lagers. And let’s not forget the Braunschweiger liverwurst. It generally stands up well to a robust brew too. Light sausages, on the other hand, are probably best served with one of Germany’s pale ales.

Round Out Those Snack Platters

We know that quite a few Germans will also be slicing up cheese to go with those summer sausages. After all, many of those early immigrants went on to start their own dairy farms and sell cheeses to their neighbors. Plus, Germans have always loved cheese. Bearing that in mind, our cheese wheels, spreads and blocks would really compliment a Oktoberfest meal. The same is true for our dipping pretzels, pretzel dips, limited edition steins, horseradish products and pickles. They’ll round out snack platters and bar setups perfectly.

Go for a Meaty, Main Meal

If a main meal is on your mind, summer sausage is still sure to please. Combine it with drunken potatoes, German casseroles, meat pies, European beer breads, hot slaws and other cherished dishes. A few that will taste fabulous are sauerkraut, pierogis, fruited cabbage, beer-battered veggies and currywurst sandwiches.

To find all the German deli essentials you need to usher in Oktoberfest 2015, please contact Deli Direct and place your order today. We'll ship the summer sausages and other items directly to you right away.

No matter their age, they are still our babies and we worry about them when they enter college. We wonder, “Will they make friends?” and “Are they eating enough?” Now there is a way to ensure that they’re doing both. It starts with choosing cheese and sausage gift baskets. Traditionally filled with enough food for more than one, they make excellent going away presents. This is especially true for college kids that plan on rooming with strangers.

Go Back to Cool and Classic

Let’s take our Gourmet Deli Classic Treasures basket as an example. It holds six pounds of meat and more than two pounds of cheese. Plus, there are additional items included, like cookies, chocolates, condiments and wasabi peas. So there is enough gourmet, snack food for our babies and the people who will hopefully become their new friends.

Furthermore, the kids can use the accompanying wicker basket, cutting board and cleaver in their dorm room or off campus apartment for other things. For instance, they may want to toss their keys, mail, student IDs or notes in the basket after all of the cheese and sausage is gone.

As for the cleaver and cutting board, it’s perfect for divvying up other snacks or a quick meal. The kids can clean them up afterwards and tuck them inside of their desks, night stands or allotted bookshelf space. Of course they could put them in the wicker basket too.

Variety without the Cutting Edge

Don’t want to give them a cleaver for the dorm? No worries there. We’ve got cheese and sausage gift baskets that are devoid of sharp-edged cutlery. One that tends to perfect for kids is the Special Variety Pack. It still has enough meats and cheeses for a small gathering of students as well as a cutting board. However, knives and cleavers are not included.

To find the perfect sausage and cheese gift baskets for your big babies, please contact us.

With Summer coming to a close, it's time for your back-to-school party. You may have the guest list, decorations, place, and time, but it's time to start planning your food.

When planning your menu, don't forget the ever important meat and cheese platter. A meat and cheese platter is perfect for a party. Not only is it delicious, but it offers a quick and easy way for you guests to fill up on some food.

What are the best Deli Meats for a meat and cheese platter? Summer sausages are great for platters. Pieces of summer sausages do not fall apart easily and are a cinch to eat on a cracker. Their strong flavor can stand on its own, but it pairs well with the creaminess of cheese.

In a mood for a different kind of summer sausage? You can try our Ragin' Cajun Summer Sausage. If you're in a mood for something a little more traditional, try our Beef Summer Sausage.

Other meat that are a hit on the platter are pastrami and ham. The ham is a staple for the platter, and pastrami is a great way to mix up the flavor profile.

Why buy online? Planning a party takes time and effort. Why not cut yourself a break, and save time, by not taking that extra trip to the store. Buying online gets you exactly what you want, delivered right to your door, without you having to fight crowds and traffic.

If you have any questions about deli meats, or meat and cheese platters, please, contact us.

Let’s face it. It’s summer and sometimes it is just too doggone hot outside to cook a big meal. The next time that “I don’t want to turn on the stove” feeling washes over you, reach for the meat snacks, Wisconsin cheese, diced tomatoes and mushrooms. We’ve got a quick, easy and earthy recipe that you won't want to miss:

Choose a Meat Snack

Start by going through our online offerings and choosing the right smoked meat snacks or beef summer sausages for your family’s palate. Many folks we know love to go with the Smoked Pepperoni Curls & Sticks. Chop or slice up your selection and combine it with some diced tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste before reaching for the Wisconsin specialty cheeses.

Pick a Wisconsin Specialty Cheese

Shred the Wisconsin specialty cheeses and place them into a big bowl. Next, wash the mushrooms and remove the stems. Prepare an open-top, vegetable basket for the grill or choose a non-stick one. When you’re ready, place the mushroom caps, depression side up, in to the grill basket. Then carefully fill each one with a mixture of diced meat snacks, tomatoes and shredded cheeses from Wisconsin.

Achieve Grilling Perfection

Turn the grill on and let it reach anywhere from 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it reaches temp, place the prefilled grill basket on to the grates and let the meat snacks cook for roughly 10 minutes. Afterward, remove the grill basket from the grates and grab a flexible, metal spatula or a pair of tongs. Carefully remove the hot, stuffed mushrooms from the grill basket and place them on to a lovely serving tray.

Serve with a Robust Red

Serve them with a great bottle of wine. Reds like syrah, burgundy, sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon make excellent choices. The same may be said for champagne and dry Rieslings. We promise, you’ll love the way our grilled mushroom and meat snacks taste no matter which beverage you choose. To learn more creative ways to serve up Wisconsin’s best meat snacks, please contact us.

Did you know that July is not only National Grilling Month; it is National Horseradish Month too? So break out the grilling meats and horseradish sauce. It’s time to light a fire in the EZ Disposable Grill and put some sizzle into your life. We’ve got the perfect horseradish marinade and condiment recipes. Just be forewarned. They’re known to spark a round of kisses for the cook, so pucker up and get ready to enjoy one of the best meals of your life:

Horseradish Marinade

To make our National Grilling Month marinade, you’ll need equal amounts of horseradish sauce and Dijon mustard. One tablespoon of each should yield enough to serve four center cut pork chops, NY strip steaks or chicken thighs. Once you’ve got the horseradish and Dijon mustard in the bowl, add two teaspoons of lemon juice and two tablespoons of high smoke point oil to it. Afterward, toss in some salt and pepper to taste before adding the grilling meats to the marinade and popping the bowl into the fridge. Let it remain in the fridge for one to two hours before removing the meats and placing them on to the EZ Disposable Grill.

Horseradish Mustard

If your list of grilling meats includes Polish kielbasa, seasoned bratwurst, jumbo franks or cheddar-jalapeno smoked bratwurst, you’re going to want to douse them with our horseradish mustard. Combine three tablespoons of salad dressing with equal amounts of Dijon mustard and horseradish. Next, mix in two teaspoons of both onion and garlic powder along with a ½ tablespoon of fresh parsley or another herb of your choosing. Once you’re done mixing, the horseradish mustard will be ready to go on to the grilling meats. If you don't want to go through the trouble of making a homemade version try out our horseradish mustard!

Horseradish Mayonnaise

Finally, you might want to swap out the plain mayonnaise for one infused with horseradish, sour cream and Dijon mustard. It’s great as a cold salad base and you can use it as a burger topping or veggie dip too. Simply combine 1/3 cup of unflavored or flavored sour cream with the horseradish mustard we mentioned above and that’s it. It’s dinner time! To learn more, please check out our collection of National Grilling - Horseradish Month products and contact us.

Bolognese schmolanese, who needs pure beef to make great, Italian meals when there are deli meats like old-fashioned bologna there for the taking? For centuries, Italian-Americans have been using the hickory-smoked, pork and beef delight to whip up a variety of tasty meals. Can anyone say, “Fried bologna sandwiches and faux ham spread?” So, why not reach for a two-pound roll and rediscover what our parents and grandparents have known for years? Old-fashioned bologna is one of the most versatile deli meats available.

Remember how your elderly relatives would put chunks of bologna into the food processor and use the shredded mixture to make deviled ham spread and salads? Well, that mixture is good for more than just that. You could use it to make a stroganoff, casserole, meat sauce, stuffed bell peppers or lasagna. Simply treat the ground bologna like you would hamburger meat or pork. If done right, it will deliver a similar texture and outstanding flavor.

Still not sure if old-fashioned bologna is all that and a jar of pickles? Check out what we found on the Food Network. It’s a brown sugar-crusted, baked bologna recipe that is a real jaw-dropper. Maybe you watched Chef Emeril or Chef Jamie prepare it on television. They typically use brown sugar and Dijon mustard to make their out of this world, baked bologna. However, you could try making it with any number of our sweet, hot and spicy specialty sauces. Like really, just imagine how awesome it would be to given a fork full of barbecue, baked bologna.

Want one more great way to use old-fashioned bologna? Try wrapping your mouth around one of Pillsbury’s baked bologna and cheese roll-ups. They’re made with refrigerated dough, old-fashioned bologna and Wisconsin cheese spread or specialty cheeses. Of course you could also substitute the bologna for other deli meats instead. To learn more about making the most of our deli meats, cheeses and other gourmet goodies, please contact Deli Direct today.

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