Getting ready to watch the big game with the guys, or having family and friends over for a special gathering? You're going to need snacks! Don't offer those old, tired cheese dips you've been serving to everyone for years. Put out a dip with some kick to it—creamy, spicy, fresh, and unforgettable.

Okay, I know you're skeptical. But if your taste buds love heat, we've got the perfect cheese dip recipe for you. We're not going to use any thin, processed cheese to make this dip. Blah! We're going to use a specialty cheddar cheese. Because as they say, "Cheddar is always better."

You won't need many ingredients, and you should already have in your home all of the utensils that you'll require. Preparation is fast and easy, and the results will have everyone clamoring for more!

Ingredients

You'll need one large mixing bowl; make sure it fits into your microwave. Find any cheese slicer that you have around. You'll also need a colander. Grab a large spoon. Just something to stir with. You'll need some sort of cling wrap or plastic lid, and some pot rags or oven mitts, so you don't burn your hands.

How to Prepare

First, slice the cheese. Super thin slices aren't necessary. It will still melt just fine. Once done, toss those pieces into the bowl. Empty the can of chili right on top. Take the jar of jalapeños and dump the contents into your colander to drain off the juice. Make sure you put the colander in the sink first or you'll have a mess.

If you don't want as much heat, remove the seeds from the jalapeños. Once the juice has drained, drop the jalapeños into the bowl. Mix everything together the best that you can (we'll do more mixing later, so don't sweat it too much).

Now, place the cling wrap or lid on top of the bowl, so it doesn't explode all over the inside of your microwave. Leave a small area on one side of the bowl uncovered, just enough to let it breathe.

Cooking Instructions

Place the bowl in the microwave and set it for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, take it out using oven mitts (this bowl will get hot), and peel back the cling wrap. Watch out for any hot steam that escapes, then stir. Re-cover and place the bowl back into the microwave for another 4 minutes. Remove and again stir.

Then, back in it goes for another 4 minutes. Stir and check the consistency. If you want your dip chunky, it's probably about perfect now. If you prefer a thinner dip, then it might need a few more minutes of in and out. Don't forget to stir each time.

Finalizing

After the cheese dip is the consistency that you want, give it a taste. Ah, delicious! If it's not spicy enough, add 4-5 shakes of the Chicago Hit Sauce. Stir it in and taste again. If it's still not hot enough, you were probably a fire-breathing dragon in a former life! But go for it and add some more, until it's perfect.

This recipe will make approximately 8 servings. Once you've divided it up, set out the serving bowls along with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!

You might also want to keep a gallon of ice cream on hand for any guests who can't handle the burn but wanted to give it a try anyway. For your family and friends who do love the burn, they'll beg you for this recipe!

For more recipes and specialty products, contact us today. We love great food. Try us once and you're sure to become part of our ever-growing family of happy, loyal Deli Direct customers.

Shut your eyes and imagine that the snow is gently falling outside. Inside, a person is leaning over a big, steaming bowl full of soup and indulging in a heaping spoonful. It’s a classic, American scene to be sure but it may be improved upon with the addition of cheese spreads. Cheese spreads bring something extra to a meal and personally, we can’t think of spending National Soup Month without them.

Don’t believe us? Consider bowlfuls of French onion soup. They’re normally topped with what? That’s right, ooey goey cheese. Well what if you tossed the shredded, Wisconsin cheese to the side and reached for a dollop of toasted onion spread instead? It’s made with creamy cheddar cheese, onions and chives. Now doesn’t that sound like a perfect way to top off a bowl full of French onion soup?

French onion isn’t the only soup that would welcome a little dollop or two of premium cheese spreads. We think that potato, spinach and broccoli soups would taste amazing with bleu cheese spread. Simply stir some into the soup before bringing the bowls to the table. And if you really want to elevate the meal more, add some deli meats, like beef sticks and smoked pepperoni.

Cube them up as part of a soup topping or serve them with artisan breads. Either way would surely garner two thumbs up from everyone fortunate enough to be at the table. And don’t let your imagination stop with the soup and cheese spread combinations we’ve already mentioned. After all, National Soup Month only comes around once a year. So live it up by enjoying as many cheesy, hot combinations as possible.

Presently, there are more than a dozen cheese spreads and thousands of soup recipes to choose from. Thus, making it through the month without having the same soup twice should be easy. To learn more about pairing cheese spreads with soups during the month of January and beyond, please contact us.

Adding Alfredo sauce into the mix is a fabulous way to dress up a pasta salad, potatoes, vegetable gratin, grilled pizzas and grilling meats. But what about people who love to bring the heat to their summertime tables? Will their taste buds light up over America’s beloved cream sauce? We’ve found that they will if you choose to add hot sauce to the creamy blend. We’re calling our versions hot Alfredo sauces:

Everyday Hot Alfredo

To make enough hot Alfred sauce for two to four people, you’ll need ¾ cups of your favorite Alfredo sauce and ¼ cup of hot sauce. Just mix the two together and you’ll end up with your garden variety hottie. If you want to add more ingredients to round out the sauce, feel free. Any number of Italian-American staples would make great, hot Alfred add-ons. For example, you might want to put those garden fresh peas and flavored bacon crumbles to good use. They’d pair perfectly with the salads, pizzas, grilling meats and the other dishes we mentioned at the top of the post.

Seasonal Hot Alfredo

Oh, and don’t just stop with the Italian-American staples. Try changing things up with a more seasonal version of our hot Alfred sauce. Instead of using store-bought, Parmesan cheese sauce, go wild with summer flavors. Start with a basic Alfredo sauce recipe but don’t use the Parmesan. Go with Perl Creek Harvest Vegetable Cheese Blocks instead. It is an American cheese that has been flavored with spinach, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, onions and celery. So, it will surely make any lunch or dinner dish taste like summer.

Simply shred the harvest vegetable cheese blocks first. Otherwise, they may not melt fast enough or evenly. Then continue making the meal as you normally would. To learn more about heating up your Alfredo dishes with our hot sauces and Wisconsin cheeses, please contact Deli Direct today.

It’s almost time to dust off your picnic blankets and head to the park in search of the perfect place for a romantic, afternoon repast. So, we wanted to share some of our best spring picnicking tips in the weeks ahead, starting with how to pair cheese gift baskets with wines. Let’s start with our For Cheese Lovers Only gift basket and spread out from there.

Our For Cheese Lovers Only gift basket contains all the essentials couples need to enjoy a quick snack under a shade tree. It comes with your choice of cheese spread and cheese block flavors. So, since we can’t be sure which cheese flavors you’ll choose, we’re serving up a few general wine pairing tips:

If you plan on selecting spicy cheeses, like our hot pepper or habanero, go with a bottle of off-dry, white wine. They seem to compliment spicy varieties of cheese perfectly. For Danish blue cheeses, try serving dessert wines or a great bottle of port. And as for the assorted cheddar cheeses, give a cabernet sauvignon or oak-barrel aged chardonnay some consideration.

We’ve also got other gift items like the Ham and Cheese Masterpiece, Cabela’s Gourmet All-Occasion Snack Basket, Rat Pack, Incredible Party Favorites and Happy Mom Basket as well as ones that include fruits and sweets. If you choose one of them, try pairing light-bodied white wines with the mild cheese spreads and full-bodied red ones with the aged or heavily seasoned varieties. The same pairings should work for block cheeses and cheese curds snacks.

For the best results, serve the gift basket cheeses at room temperature. If you are worried about the weather, chill the cheeses in your home fridge first. Then pack them in your picnic basket and head off into the afternoon sun. By the time you reach your picnicking destination, the cheeses should be back at room temperature and ready to eat. The wine, on the other hand, may be served slightly chilled.

To learn more about stocking the perfect picnic basket in the lovely spring days ahead, please contact us today. At Deli Direct Inc., we’ve got meats, cheeses, pickles, dips, snacks, drink mixes and beer buckets in stock that are ideal for outdoor dining.

Tis the night before Christmas…

and after the stockings are filled, you can whip up a delicious, easy strata recipe because—face it—once Christmas morning gets rolling, you don’t have time to fuss in the kitchen.

The wonderful thing about a strata dish (really a savory bread pudding) is that you are supposed to make it the night before. Perfect!

Then in the morning, while the stockings are being looted, you pop the dish into the oven and set the timer for one hour. Just think—you’ll be able to feed the hungry hoards before the living room disappears under a pile of rustling gift wrap. Santa’s got nothing on you!

The really important thing is that you don’t wait to get these key ingredients from Deli Direct so you’ll have them on hand when Christmas Eve rolls around:

CHEESE-AND-SAUSAGE STRATA

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. take-your-pick from our flavored cheeses. Cut into cubes.
  • 10 – 12 slices of white bread. Remove crusts and cube.
  • 8 oz. of your pig-of-choice: either kielbasa, or Canadian style bacon. Cut into small pieces.
  • 1 4 oz. can mushrooms, drained
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon each of salt, pepper and dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of Deli Direct’s Hearty Cheddar Bacon Dip seasoning mix

Instructions:

  1. Grease a 13 X 9 inch baking dish. Put half of the bread cubes in baking dish, then cover with cheese cubes, meat and mushrooms. Put the rest of the bread on top.
  2. Mix seasonings with eggs and milk. Pour over bread mixture, coating all the cubes. Refrigerate, covered, overnight (or at least 4 hours).
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serves 8.

Go ahead and take Christmas morning breakfast off of your to-be-worried-about list. Contact us to order your strata supplies today!

This year for Father’s Day try something new and exciting! Go with the Father’s Day Cheese of the Month Club. Is your dad, brother or special man in your life a cheese lover? Well if the answer is yes then this is the perfect gift for them! This special Father's Day gift will touch his heart and stomach! The bonus is that it keeps on giving and giving throughout the year!

 
What is included in this limited time only gift? Start out with twelve of our delectable Cheese Spreads, spread out over six shipments. Our Cheese Spreads are jam packed full of flavor! We make our Cheese Spreads from only Real Wisconsin cheese. These make for the perfect party snack, bonus it is quick and easy! With the Cheese of the Month Club you get to choose twelve Cheese Spreads any way you want. Want seven Habanero Cheese Spreads and five Jalapeno Cheese Spreads? That’s fine! Or you can branch out and try twelve separate spreads. Any way you want to divide it up for his taste is up to you!

Next you get to choose two of our Summer Sausages! These delicious smoked meat snacks are just what he needs. From an exciting Cajun Summer Sausage to a nice Beef Summer Sausage. Ditch the boring and go with these meats that make a delicious snack or appetizer!

We didn’t forget his dipping needs! So no need to worry! You also get to select two Dips from our twenty-one different options. All of our dips are made from all natural ingredients. They are so easy to make, that you’ll serve them every chance you get! He can use his dips in many different ways too. He can use some for a last minute snack or use as a replacement to mayonnaise or mustard on a sandwich. Anyway he wants to use our delicious dips he can!

And now, to top it off with more cheese! Choose one Cheddar block from four different options. We hit all corners on the market here! Choose from Cheddar N’ Salami Block, Hot Pepper Cheese Block, Onion and Garlic Cheese Block and Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Cheese Block. These cheese blocks are certain to bring excitement to occasion. Whether it’s to step up a cheese tray, adding to salads, pasta, or on your favorite veggies. The options are endless! 

And don’t think we forgot what you would be eating all that cheese with and on! These shipments will include two cheese spreaders and an assortment of crackers and pretzels with a bit of candy to top off the last shipment! Make sure to make this year’s Father’s Day with the best gift possible, one for the stomach and heart!

Here at Deli Direct we do cheese the right way! All of our cheeses are made with REAL Wisconsin cheese to provide you with the very best of the Midwest! We have a delicious range of gourmet cheese available for you to add to your next dish or snack. Or you can try one of our thirteen different cheese spread flavors. Right now is actually your lucky day to take advantage of our Buy 3 Cheese Spreads Get 1 Free special!

This very special offer is only available for a limited time so make sure you don’t miss out! Our cheese spreads are packed to the limit with delectable flavor you will love. The options are endless when it comes to the use of our cheese spreads. You can make it into a quick and easy snack by using it with some of your favorite pretzels or crackers. We make that even easier with our Rat Pack package by including all of the necessities for that enjoyable snack.

Take the next step with our cheese spreads and add them to your next meal. You can mix them into your favorite pasta dish to add an exciting cheese sauce. Or you can top off your next baked potato with the Smokey Bacon Cheese Spread for an explosion of taste! Make your next BBQ a hit by spreading some Cheddar Cheese Spread on top to make the best cheeseburger in town! Or make it a bit zestier with our Habanero Cheese Spread. Our Cheese Spreads are even great in the morning! The Garden Vegetable is amazing spread over a freshly toasted bagel to start your day out right.

As you can tell the option are endless with our Wisconsin Cheese Spreads! You can always find recipes and ways to use our products at our Recipes Page. You can even add recipes that you have used with our Deli Direct products, and when you submit one of your recipes you receive a free dip from us! Once you’ve tried them you will never want to run out, so stock your refrigerator today!

Here is a simple recipe to start you off!

Cheesy Pretzel Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Cheddar Cheese Spread (http://www.delidirect.com/wisconsin-cheese-spreads/cheddar-cheese-spread)
  • 4 oz of  Garden Vegetable Cheese Spread (http://www.delidirect.com/wisconsin-cheese-spreads/garden-vegetable-cheese-spread)
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp. of Garlic Powder
  • Shredded Aged Extra Sharp Cheddar to garnish (http://www.delidirect.com/wisconsin-specialty-cheeses/aged-extra-sharp-cheddar-block)

Directions:

Beat all ingredients together, and then chill. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and serve with pretzels, veggies or crackers… Enjoy!

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