Hurra! It’s almost time to break out the best grilling meats, kick up our kierpces and celebrate National Polka Weekend. Are you ready to eat, drink and polka for 72 hours straight? If not, let us help you prepare for the big weekend, which this year happens to fall on May 22nd. Because it’s also Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll certainly need one of our large, EZ Disposable Grills and several packages of Polish Kielbasa. They’re hickory-smoked and ready for the grill. Each package will be enough to make a dozen Polish Boys, Chicago-style

Of course no Chi-Town, Polish Boy sandwich would complete without a bun and three other items; vinegar based coleslaw, Chicago Hit Sauce and hand-cut French fries. And if you want to replace the hit sauce with Big Bad Bubbas BBQ Sauce, we don’t think too many Polish Boy fans will complain. If they do, you can always point them in the direction of the appetizer table. Just make sure that you fill it with Polish kielbasa chips and a wide variety of hot sauces. The chips are easy enough to make.

Simply grill up some extra Polish kielbasa and let it cool. Then slice each link into bite-size rounds and put them into a decorative bowl. Squirt some of hot sauces or honey glaze into a second bowl and provide an assortment of toothpicks. Afterward, encourage the Polish Boy purists to spear the kielbasa chips with the picks and then dip them into one of the sauces before taking a bite. That should satisfy their hunger without stepping on to their Chi-Town pride. If not, provide heaping bowls full of sauerkraut, Polish coleslaw, garlic stuffed olives and pickles. In Chicago, they’re National Polka Weekend staples too. To learn more about the best grilling meats for Polish celebrations, please contact us at Deli Direct.

The NRA (no, silly, the National Restaurant Association!) recently identified the food trends to watch in 2015, which were gleaned from a survey of 1,300 professional chefs. Pickles were high on the list and dubbed the “Throwback Thursday of food trends.”

Throwback? Yeah… waaay back. Pickles have been around since the Mesopotamians discovered the pickling method in 2400 B.C.E. The average American eats 8.5 pickles a year, with dill being twice as popular as sweet pickles. Many cultures value pickles and pickle juice as a cure for headaches, hangovers, cramps and heartburn.

But sadly, pickles have sometimes been treated like a joke.

What’s sour and green and floats in an aquarium?

A trop-pickle fish.

Groan.

Obviously, it’s time to give the pickle its due—1,300 chefs can’t be wrong!

When you’re getting ready to entertain guests, think like a chef and pop in some pickle flavor. No time to do the pickling yourself? No problem. Deli Direct has the unique artisan-made pickle flavors you need, and the perfect party dips to pair them with.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

Step 1: Order your five-pack of dip seasonings, selecting from the fun flavors available.
Step 2: Order pickles or some Hot and Spicy Pickled Beans.
Step 3: Combine in tasty and interesting ways.

For example, combine Dick’s Perky Pickles (you can even buy them by the gallon) with Kickin’ Tomato Horseradish Dip/Seasoning.

Mix JoJo’s Kick N’ Hot Kosher Dill Pickles with Cha Cha Chipotle Dip.

Or perk up this Tomato, Horseradish & Artichoke dip recipe by adding some chopped Bloody Mary chopped pickles.

Have fun and relax knowing your pickle-laced party dips will be trendy and tasty.

Contact us to get your pickle party started!

Cheese and sausage gift baskets may be alright for some, but an increasing number of Americans are turning their attention towards packages of gourmet martini olives. Why? They are perfect gifts for people who take their cocktails and home wet bars seriously. Plus, today’s martini olives come in a surprising array of varieties. Consequently, cocktail connoisseurs will surely find flavors to match their idea of a Heavenly indulgence. Let’s take a look at a few of those flavors and how well they blend into a bartender’s favorites:

Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives

Redneck Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives are tailor made for bleu martinis. The cocktails are typically made by adding equal amounts of vodka to dry vermouth. Then they’re traditionally topped off with blue cheese stuffed olives and served alongside of cocktail crackers that have the same flavors. But that’s not the only use for these babies. Bartenders like to add them to dirty and French martinis too.

Garlic Stuffed Olives

Redneck Garlic Lovers Stuffed Olives, on the other hand, are ideal for whipping up a batch of Sicilian martinis. They are usually made from combining 1.5 ounces of garlic-infused vodka with 1/8 ounce of Italian dry vermouth. We’ve also seen them added to Cajun and Spanish martinis, which involve gin instead of vodka.

Spice Stuffed Olives

If you know of a cocktail connoisseur that likes things on the hot and spicy side, there are quite a few martini olive flavors to consider. Among them are Habanero, Fire in the Hole, Garlic and Jalapeno. They could be used to make mystical and Los Altos martinis. The first martini is made with 1.5 ounces of mescal and ¼ ounce of blonde lillet whereas the Los Altos contains 1.5 ounces of Mexican tequila and a dash of Chardonnay.

Asparagus Stuffed Olives

Let’s not forget about Redneck Asparagus Stuffed Olives. Many serious bartenders love to add them to drinks made with bloody Mary mix. So feel free to toss them into everything from a bloody moose to a bloody Caesar. They’re also excellent when paired with gimlets, Jalisco martinis and oyster shooters. The shooters, by the way, are made with ½ teaspoon of horseradish, 2 dashes of hot sauce, raw oysters and draft beer. The raw oysters and asparagus stuffed olives are eaten on the side and the other three ingredients get mixed together.

To learn more about these stuffed martini olives, please contact us. We sell stuffed olives by the gift pack and the jar as well as gourmet snacks, meats, cheeses and sauces.

Although deli meats and sausages should definitely be a part of any holiday party plans, the tasty offerings shouldn’t stop there. After all, neither man nor beast can live on just meats alone. So we’ve compiled a list of incredible finger foods and lip-smacking party treats that go beyond the expected fare:

1.) Hot and Spicy Beans

Why not skip the messy, bland, three bean salads and go with something pickle-icious instead? Yes, we’re talking hot, spicy, pickled green beans baby! They look fantastic on a plate and may be eaten with the fingers or a fork. For added color, combine the Hot and Spicy Beans with other sliced, pickled veggies like yellow and orange peppers.

2.) Wasabi Peas

Pair those beans with another crunchy veggie that’s been given a palatable twist, dried wasabi peas. They are inherently spicy too. So the two foods would just go well together. For a great tablescape look, consider putting the wasabi peas in vegetable baskets instead of regular bowls. Your guests should love it!

3.) Bloody Mary Soaked Pickles

We’ve likely all seen pickles on a party platter before. That’s because they’re an essential part of most party plans. However, you can opt to buck tradition and give your guests something they’re not expecting. Items that come to our minds are pickles that have been soaked with unusual brines. Can anyone say, “bloody Mary pickles?”

4.) Stuffed Olives

Okay, so we know that stuffed olives are typical holiday fare but there are ways to make them atypical. For example, you could stuff them with ingredients that no one would expect. Excellent choices include asparagus, pearl onions, garlic cloves, artichokes, bleu cheese and jalapeno.

5.) Chubby Cheeks

Lastly, why not get a little corny? To do just that, create one or a series of bowls that contain our Chubby Cheeks snack. It’s a churro caramel corn nugget treat that tastes great alone or with a few modifications. To alter the nuggets flavor, think about adding a dusting of powdered sugar, carob or cocoa.

To learn more about these finger foods, deli meats and other items that can really take holiday get-togethers to an unforgettable level, please contact us.

We are always looking for new products that will tickle your taste buds with fresh and snappy new tastes and flavors. When it comes to deli products, we think pickles are a natural, and we’re happy to introduce our newest addition to the family of great Deli Direct products. Farm to Market Single Barrel Pickles are specially crafted using the finest ingredients, with no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial flavors added.

But we especially love the way these pure, natural ingredients are combined to produce a riot of flavors and crispy, crunchy goodness. Our new line of Farm to Market Pickles is a refreshing addition to our wide assortment of specialty olives that you already know and love. We can assure you that, with our unique combination of flavors, these are certainly not your grandma’s olives. Not that we have anything against your grandma, but we think zesty flavors like Cha-Cha Chipotle, Asparagus Queen, and Cheddar Head are no match for those bland old pimento versions.

So it was only right that we pair our great, tasty olives with Farm to Market pickle flavors like:

Bloody Mary Single Barrel Pickles

These unique pickles start with cucumbers fresh off the vine. They are mixed with cracked black pepper, lemon juice, garlic, and red peppers in a zesty and refreshing tomato brine that gives them a distinctive taste that makes them a great snack or garnish.

Sea Salt and Peppercorn Single Barrel Pickles

Those same vine-fresh fresh cucumbers are covered with peppery brine and combined with just enough sea salt to give them a unique flavor that is perfectly balanced. Pair these with a juicy New York steak for a truly exceptional taste experience.


You can trust Deli Direct to deliver the most uniquely-flavored specialty foods that are always fresh, delicious, and far from ordinary. These amazing pickles from Farm to Market are just another great addition to the wide assortment of high-quality products we offer.

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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