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.

Don’t banish the barbecue grill to the shed just yet. Summer may be officially over but that’s no reason to put down the horseradish products and grill aprons. There are still warm afternoons on the horizon and there’s always the trusty stove nearby waiting to pick up the slack. And as for us, we’ve got some cool recipes guaranteed to keep you chillin’:

1.) Marmalade and Horseradish Products

Do you want a sweet sauce with a lot of heat? Try blending equal parts of your favorite marmalade with one of our horseradish products. If the marmalade isn’t sweet enough, add a little more sweetener. Generally, honey, powdered, brown or granulated sugar will do. When you’ve got the perfect blend of sweet and heat, go ahead and use it as a dipping or basting sauce. It goes great with grilled pork, seafood and chicken.

2.) Pie Filling and Horseradish Sauce

Do you love the taste of lemon pie filling? Okay, what about other pie fillings like cherry and apple? Believe it or not, they mix well with horseradish products too. Scrape one cup of your favorite pie filling into a food processor, mixer or blender. Then add the following:

To give it a smooth consistency, add virgin olive or canola oil at the end. A cup of oil or less should take care of it. Afterward, use the modified pie filling as a glaze, dipping or cocktail sauce. It works well with meats and various desserts (e.g. tart fillings).

3.) Salad Dressing and Horseradish Products

Finally, try blending horseradish products with your favorite salad dressings and some honey. It is a great substitute for barbecue sauce. Plus, it works with late season veggies, deviled eggs and salad greens too. The list of good dressings to consider includes, but shouldn’t be limited to French, blue cheese and Italian.

To discover other tasty, late season ways to use horseradish products, please contact us.

Horseradish has a long delicious history. For centuries, it has served as a natural healing treatment, promoting and maintaining good overall health, and to top it off, its sharp spicy taste is amazing!

 A Few Good Health Benefits of Horseradish

Containing important vitamins and minerals including magnesium, calcium and potassium, horseradish is often used as a natural medicine. It aids with the digestive system, helping the body to process foods faster, serves as a diuretic and decongestant, and its qualities are thought to be helpful in slowing production of cancer-causing cells. To top off these great qualities, horseradish adds a wonderful touch to any dish!

A Few Different Ways to Eat Horseradish

There are many ways to eat horseradish. Served as a dip, or a side condiment it will spice up any meat or cheese dish, adding a touch of zest to a sandwich or wrap, and on eggs or in your potato salads you won't be able to keep the smile from your face! Horseradish tastes great with just about everything.

Horseradish Recipes to Make Your Lips Tingle with Pleasure!

Apple Parsley Coleslaw

  • large Golden Delicious apple, peeled and cored
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and trimmed
  • wedge of red cabbage, about 6 ounces
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and trimmed
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • lemon wedges

Shred all the vegetables and apple, either with the grater disk of a food processor, or by hand with a box grater. Place in a medium bowl. Add onion to the bowl.In a measuring cup, combine the cream honey and horseradish and mix well.Pour cream mixture over the vegetables and toss to combine, until it's all well coated, season with salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze a couple of lemon wedges over the coleslaw mix and chill before serving (if you like raisins it is excellent with those added in as well).

Horseradish Sauce

  • 3 Tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp chopped chives

Mix ingredients together. This sauce is fabulous with hot or cold sausage, beef or pork. It is the perfect amount of bite to make your meal fabulous!

Our horseradish products are just the thing to bring a smile to someone's face. Give the gift of the deli! Horseradish cheese, pocket radish, perky pickles, and mustard. Perfect with our meat baskets, adding a zip to the flavor explosion, the ideal combo to brighten the day, and a wonderful surprise for anyone!

For information on these and our other products, please contact us. We will be glad to help you find exactly what you need.

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.

Horseradish gets a tough rap in some circles. With its strong scent and taste, this kickin' little root is sometimes better associated with sinus clearing than tasty treats. A lot of us think of it as a bitter herb, then never think of it again.

The problem is all in presentation! If you've been forced to eat it pure with a forkful of roast beef and thought it was too strong, you may have been tempted to write off a wide world of horseradish delicacies.

And a wide world is what we've got! If you're hesitant to dive right in, we've got some fantastic treats whose showcase of horseradish along with other flavors just might convert you!

Our Kickin' Tomato Horseradish Dip has a smooth bite with a cool aftertaste, meaning you can savor the flavor without rushing for a glass of water. It's on our most requested list for a reason!

Dicks Perky Pickles score a cool 1 out of 5 chilies on our special hotness ranking system. The horseradish gives the pickle chunks a great lift! Buy them by the gallon!

Horseradish and Wisconsin White Cheddar pair terrifically together for a zippy flavor that is not overpowering (but does register a 4 out of 5 chilies, so proceed with caution) in our Horseradish Cheese Spread. We also have a Horseradish Cheese Block that clocks in at 3 out of 5 chilies for more sensitive taste buds.

If you're a full-on fan of horseradish, do not be deterred! We're sure you'll love these celebrations of your flavor of choice. And just for you, we have Super Hot Horseradish, Rocket Radish (Three times hotter!!) and the Horseradish Heaven basket to help you attain all your horseradish hopes and dreams.

Contact us to begin your horseradish adventure!

It makes a heckuva chip dip, a sauce for everything from Prime Rib to a roast beef sandwich and an exquisite accompaniment to seafood of any type. It opens up the sinuses, makes the eyes water and the brain freeze. No, it’s not ice cream, it’s horseradish. It’s been used as both medicinal and condiment since the Egyptians. No one seems to know the origins of the root, but its good effects have been clearing respiratory tracts around the world.

History

The main ingredient of horseradish products has a bit of a sneaky history. It is thought to be first described by Pliny the Elder as Armoracia, a member of the broccoli family. It has appeared from Russia to Europe as Cochlearia macrocarpa, a plant closely resembling and used much like Armoracia, but slightly different. So we have a plant masquerading as another and appearing right about the same time-frame, around 3,000 years. People looked askance at it at first, but soon found comforting uses for it.

Medicinal Uses

In olden times, horseradish was used as an expectorant, a rub for arthritis and other joint aches, a cure for chilblains and much more. Taken internally, the root clears the chest, helps with flu and cold symptoms, aids the digestion and is a diuretic. Modern science, however, has found a new facet of the root to be useful, which is glucosinolates. These aid the liver in “detoxifying carcinogens and may suppress the growth of tumors” reports research entity Life Extension. Horseradish’s antibiotic properties fight urinary tract infections, coughs and bronchitis. Got muscles aches or dandruff? Use horseradish. Searching for an aphrodisiac? You got it. Horseradish. This is one of the few roots for which processing actually increases its medicinal efficiency.

Condiment

It wasn’t until the 17th century that horseradish began to be used as a condiment. The root was mainly used by persons performing hard labor jobs and country folk. No one knew what to do with it, so they tried it on everything. Traditionally used on meats and seafood, prepared horseradish sauces can be used in a variety of ways such as:

  • Mix two teaspoons Deli Direct Super Hot Horseradish Sauce with one quarter cup sour cream as a baked potato topper
  • Combine four strips of finely chopped bacon, one quarter cup sour cream, two teaspoons Deli Direct Super Hot Horseradish Sauce, salt and pepper to taste and one pound of Brussels sprouts. Cook until sprouts are done, about 20 minutes
  • Stem 24 mushrooms and dip them in butter. Place on a cookie sheet. Stuff mushrooms with one clam. Top these with a mixture of five tablespoons Deli Direct Super Hot Horseradish Sauce, eight tablespoons mayonnaise and one teaspoon Worcestershire. Broil for approximately eight minutes or until ingredients are browned
  • Mix one tablespoon Deli Direct Super Hot Horseradish Sauce, one tablespoon Dijon mustard and one tablespoon fresh chopped parsley into one half cup mayonnaise for an eye-opening beginning to a great sandwich

Now, we leave it up to you if you want to rub this versatile product into sore knees, achy lower backs or even on your chest in the event of congestion. Rubbing it in your hair to defeat dandruff might feel a little strange, but we’re confident it will do the trick for you. As an aphrodisiac, well, we’ll leave that up to you. However, we are experts at making a product that will enhance many more recipes than those included here. So, bon appétit and make sure to contact us with any new uses for this spicy addition to meals.

Did you know that the uniquely named horseradish plant is actually a close cousin to broccoli and cabbage? The horseradish plant grows to about five feet tall and is distinguishable by its thick, waxy leaves and clusters of white flowers. However, the star of the show that is made into many different horseradish products, is the long, white root of the horseradish plant. Horseradish is known for its pungent, spicy flavor and is typically used to add intense flavor to sauces, salad dressings, cocktails and as a topping for roast beef.

If you're new to the idea of horseradish, here are three of our favorite horseradish products to get you started. They're perfect for holiday parties or can be an extra-special treat for you to have on hand for your own weeknight dinner!

1) Horseradish Cheese Spread:

One of the best ways to introduce yourself to the unique flavor of horseradish is through a blend of smoky cheese and horseradish. The cheese adds a rich, creamy flavor to the horseradish and is the perfect topping for a burger! Check out our award-winning Horseradish & Wisconsin White Cheddar Cheese spread!

2) Horseradish Cream Sauce:

For a versatile and delicious dip for vegetables, spread for crackers or topping for roast beef try this recipe for horseradish cream sauce!

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until well-blended. Refrigerate for at least four hours so flavors can blend. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Enjoy!

3) Horseradish pickles:

If you want to ease you way into the flavor of horseradish try out one of the many vinegar and horseradish soaked pickles that are available. Our Dicks Perky Pickles are extra-delicious and always a hit!

Contact us to see our catalog of appetizing appetizer and tasty treats! We have the perfect menu for all your holiday parties or end-of-the-year entertaining!

Just in case you did not know the first Saturday of August is National Mustard Day! It is true that last Saturday was the first of the month, but it snuck up on us so fast that we decided it would be best to celebrate this glorious day now! Here at Deli Direct we have many delicious specialty sauces that are an easy way to change up the same old boring dinners we are all guilty of making. They are great dips, toppings and marinades! However, even though all of our specialty sauces are great we are going to focus on our mustards. After all we are celebrating National Mustard Day!

We have three different mustards that fulfill a large range of flavors. To start, for our horseradish lovers out there we have our Horseradish Mustard! Our savory blend of coarsely milled brown mustard and zesty horseradish is a great addition to any sandwich especially roast beef! A delicious but super easy recipe that includes our yummy Horseradish Mustard is a horseradish sauce. This sauce is great for an array of meats, such as steak, pork and roast beef.

Horseradish Sauce

Makes: ½ cup
Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 5 minutes 

Ingredients:

Directions:
  1. Mix all ingredients together and serve.

Our next celebration worthy mustard is our Santa Fe Sauce. This mustard is a delicious blend of slightly sweet stone-ground mustard and a little “bite” of the southwest. This is a perfect zest to spread on your sandwiches and is perfect for dipping your veggies and pretzels too! It’s one of my favorite sauces!

We have saved the best for last, our Triple Treat Honey Glaze Spread and Dip! Spread it! Dip it! Glaze it! This mustard has a unique blend of fresh stone-ground mustard and honey. It is perfect for a holiday ham, sandwich or just as a pretzel dip. Our Triple Treat is also very near and dear to our hearts. It is one of our first sauces and was name after our set of triplets. You get a little piece of Deli Direct history when you have this mustard! Get a peak into our triplet’s lives with their baby picture on the back and how they look today graces the front of the bottle. This sweet mustard is the absolute perfect way to top off National Mustard Day!

We know that you must be looking forward to this extended holiday weekend! You get an extra day to spend with friends and family to take America’s birthday. Mix up the day with some parade watching, pool playing, beer drinking, meat eating, and firework watching fun! To help make sure that happens for you we want to give you some quick tip must-haves for your 4th of July party!

Must-Have Number 1… Yummy Beverages 

Spice up the day with some delicious bloody mary’s! Obviously drink responsibly but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a couple while you enjoy America’s birthday! Here is the perfect bloody mary recipe for you:

Must-Have Number 2… Dips, Dips and More Dips 

This should be a must-have for all of your parties and not just for the Fourth. This American party classic is the perfect addition to your party. Make sure to have some variety for your guests to choose from so they can make their perfect choice. Pick some dips from our selection of over 20 different flavors! 

Must-Have Number 3… Meat Galore 

Tis the season for grilling! Is any party, let alone the Fourth of July complete without meat? I think not! It is America’s birthday after all so why not celebrate it with some good ole’ American grilling! Getting the perfect meat and cheeses to compliment are key! 

We know that everyone has their own way of topping their burgers. Some like the traditional lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, which of course is a great classic treat! Why not try mixing it up just a tid bit? Instead of the standard pickle why not try our Dick’s Perky Pickles. These are the horseradish lovers dream! Or you should try out our JoJo’s Kick N’ Hot Kosher Dill Pickles. This delicious, crisp dill pickle has a serious kick. It is the perfect combination of hot and flavorful. 

Now go out and enjoy your 4th of July party!!!

There's a ton of reasons to drink bloody marys. Maybe you need a stiff drink to ease your mind after a long day. Maybe you just like tomato juice and vodka. Whatever the reason, the bloody mary is a great drink for brunch (Wait, vodka is food, right?), tailgating and even classy parties. It's versatile and easy to make, but the best part is that the original recipe is so simple that it can be varied massively and still taste the same – like a delicious bloody mary. Check out this simple classic recipe:

For a regular old bloody mary, you will need

o 2oz of vodka

o 6 oz of some kind of tomato juice or any kind of bloody mary mixes

o Lemon wedges or celery

o Worcestershire sauce

o Hot Sauce

Take these ingredients (except the lemon wedge), and pour them in a glass of ice, vodka first, then tomato juice, and the sauces. Pour back and forth into another glass until they are mixed well, and garnish with the lemon wedge. That makes a great classic bloody mary. If you want something more, please, read on

Spicing up your Bloody Marys.

Now that the boring part is out of the way, here's the real skinny on how to make bloody marys. Bloody Marys are supposed to be spicy and fun. Instead of plain old tomato juice, you can use bloody mary mixes such as:

Longbranch Bloody Mary Mix

Seawitch Bloody Mary Mix 

Clamato

V8

These bloody mary mixes generally have the hot sauces and mixes in them so choose carefully. Also, be aware of your salt content – many tomato juices and mixes have added sodium for taste, and therefore salt should be used sparingly if at all

When you are choosing your garnish, pick something spicy and different, and kick the hot sauce and lemon wedge out of the picture. You can choose Hot and Spicy Beans, or if you like olives, use Redneck Habanero Stuffed Olives to give that spicy tang and still have a beautiful garnish.

You can even use pepper vodka to make your bloody mary extra hot. Other than lemon or pepper vodka, do not use other flavored vodkas to make your drinks. Also, try these cool ideas:

o Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of the glass and then dip in salt and pepper, or even just plain lemon pepper

o Add a bit of horseradish or wasabi for an EXTRA kick.

o Smoked bacon is a great garnish for a bloody mary and provides an interesting flavor to boot.

o Try a Caesar – this is a bloody mary with chopped clams or clam juice in

On a more hilarious note: The bloody Mary could very well be considered a meal to itself. Between vodka (a grain), tomato juice and garnishes (vegetables), and lemon or lime wedges (fruit), you've got three food groups. Add a cheese sandwich and you've got a complete meal. (Not really, that's a joke. Please don't make bloody marys a regular part of your nutritional meal plan.) Enjoy responsibly!

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