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.

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.

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.

Top of the morning to ya! If there is anything that gets Irish eyes smiling at this time of day, it's meat snacks and loaded potatoes! So we’ve put together a few meal ideas that will help you bring the family’s littlest leprechauns to the table with an impish twinkle in their eyes. Our first classic Irish dish starts with hickory-smoked ham roll and beef summer sausage.

Most full Irish breakfasts include two types of meat snacks, baked beans, eggs, roasted tomatoes, potatoes, sautéed mushrooms and two types of pudding. They are normally served alongside of Irish soda bread, assorted spreads, teas and juices. For our Americanized version of the dish, we’d suggest pan frying slices of our perfectly seasoned, hickory-smoked ham roll and summer sausage. However, you could opt to use gourmet hard salami, super stick pepperoni, old-fashioned bologna or Canadian style bacon instead.

As for the puddings, the traditional dish calls for black and white. Because many Americans tend to shy away from European style puddings, we’d suggest sticking with an extra helping of creamy braunschweiger liverwurst or cooked oatmeal. It won’t be the same, but the kids are likely to find it more palatable.

When it comes to the baked beans, consider kicking them up a notch. Add a small amount of horseradish products or hot sauces to them before filling up the kids’ plates. The potato pancakes could be made into something extra special too with the introduction of horseradish or Wisconsin specialty cheeses. There are a lot of different cheese flavors to consider, including horseradish cheese. We’d also suggest bringing cheese spreads to the table, which could be paired with the Irish soda bread.

If a full Irish breakfast sounds like too much for your kids to handle, don’t worry. You could always serve scrambled eggs, loaded home fries, Irish soda bread and cheese spreads instead. To load up the home fries, season them with our Loaded Baked Potato Dip and chunks of 95% fat-free lite summer sausage. Then pan-fry the mixture until the potatoes are tender and brown.

To learn more about our meat snacks and other products that may be used to whip up traditional Irish meals, please contact us at Deli Direct, Inc. today.

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!

Don’t let the name fool you. Summer sausage doesn’t have to be reserved for warm weather, cheese and crackers. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the tasty, beef flavored snack that have absolutely nothing to do pool parties and swim suits. So why not grab a pound or two and show your inner circle how creative you are by whipping up one of these great summer sausage dishes for lunch or dinner?

Summer Sausage Stew

When the wind blows hard and only a rib-sticking meal will do, dust off the crock pot and slice up the summer sausage. Toss it into the crock pot along with diced celery, sliced carrots, red skin potatoes, beef stock and enough flour to thicken things up. Let it cook on high at first, then drop the temperature and allow it to simmer for several hours. You should end up with an amazing stew by dinner time!

Summer Sausage Bread

While the stew is bubbling away in the crock pot, why not bake some bread to go along with it? Just slice and dice the summer sausage of your choosing. Next, fold it into the bread dough of your choice and bake the resulting loaves like you normally would. Oh, and by the way, shredded cheddar cheese pairs well with summer sausage. So you might want to fold it into the bread dough too. Nothing goes to waist! Save any leftover bread to make sandwiches, quick appetizers or stuffing.

Chicken and Summer Sausage Cordon Bleu

Speaking of stuffing, who says that chicken cordon bleu has to be made with sliced ham? Not us! We know that summer sausage works perfectly as well. For those days when you need to hustle, slice up the sausage and make chicken cordon bleu sandwiches. On occasions when you have the time, toss the sausage into a food processor or slice it ultra thin. Then slather it with some of our cheese spreads onto the pounded chicken breasts. Afterward, roll them up and bake the stuffed breasts like usual.

Summer Sausage Empanadas

Finally, if you’re in the mood to bust out the margarita machines and maracas, consider making summer sausage stuffed empanadas. Combine diced sausage with tomato sauce, martini or stuffed olives, onions and sofrito to make the empanadas’ filling. Next, reach for the prepared empanada dough and stuff each disc with the summer sausage mixture. Quickly fork seal the edges and then deep fry the empanadas for 5 to 6 minutes each. Once they come out of the fryer, let the grease drain off before serving them with one of our specialty sauces or dips

To find out more inventive ways to enjoy summer sausage and share a few suggestions of your own, please contact us today.

I am ecstatic by the fact that I can count the number of days until spring on one hand! With daylight saving time behind us and the sunset coming later and later it makes me itch to get outside and throw this years first spring party! Below I will go into detail about some great tips I have learned over the years on throwing what some may call the BEST spring party ever!

√ Send Out The Invites

The best way to have a great party is to have great people there, so don’t forget to invite all of your friends and family! Make sure to send out an invitation at least three weeks prior to the party. You don’t want to send them out too early though; it won’t be fun if your friends bury your invite in the old mail pile. IMPORTANT: make sure to put an RSVP on your invite!

√ Esthetics Of The Party

This does not need to be a major concern but a little effort will go a very long way. You can go anywhere from a full out themed spring fling to a casual laid back get together. No matter what you choose some set up would be nice and will not go unnoticed. Lets admit that no one really has a beautiful folding table or plastic chairs so just make sure to set out your seat cushions on the chairs that need it and a simple tablecloth will bring that ugly table up to party status. Put out some citronella candles to keep those pesky mosquitos out of your party and some twinkle lights will create the perfect atmosphere at dusk. If you really want to commit you can even get festive plates, cups and napkins!

√ Timing Is Everything

At an outdoor party stress is the last thing that you want to find there. To make sure there is a casual atmosphere with you and your guests give a window of time for your guests to arrive. A rigid schedule will only bring the dreaded unwanted stress. Set up your party to kick off sometime in the early afternoon around 1pm and mention in your invite for your guests to arrive anytime after one. They will start showing up anywhere from on time to an hour or so later, this way you won’t be bombarded with everyone arriving at once.

√ Don’t Catch Yourself Off Guard

With sending out the invites (of course including the RSVP) you will have a good idea of who is attending. With that prep ahead as much as possible! Nothing is worse than having all of your friends and family around you and you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get things set up. Plan out your menu well in advance, and get a variety of things that can be prepared ahead of time. A great option for that is the Incredible Party Favorites or the Deli Direct Grand Holiday Happiness. It is important to prep the gilled items ahead of time so that grilling is the only step left to do. Also make sure you have enough charcoal for the day and make sure you heat the grill so its set to go when guests arrive.

√ Lets Not Forget The Meat

It’s not like the four previous points weren’t important, but lets get onto what is really important here. Meat! Barbecuing is a must for me, especially with my opening spring party! My main rule with barbecuing is making easy, quick to cook, and delicious food! Some great options that I find fill my criteria above is the Cookout Trio Gift which includes your chose of any three of; Deli Direct All Beef Wieners, Polish Kielbasa, German Style Cooked White Bratwurst, and the ever delicious Cheddar and Jalapeño Smoked Bratwurst. If you want to branch out with more grilling options a great choice is Grilling Bonanza. This delectable option includes 4 USDA boneless New York Strip Steaks, 4 USDA boneless Pork Chops, Smoked Polish Kielbasa, German Style Sheboygan Brats, Pure Beef Hot Dogs, BBQ Sauce, Southwestern Mustard, and Cutting Board.

√ Last But Definitely Not Least

A great party needs to include some alcohol. You can go two ways on this. On one hand you can provide all of the refreshments from beer to other libations or you can leave this up to your guests. It is a great way to have them contribute to the day and that way they will definitely have what they want. The cost of a party can sneak up on you so I find that option two is the way to go and it has always worked out perfectly. With that being said I always make sure to have a little something to get us going.

It’s important to remember that a party is not a party without some good tunes! Make a playlist of some great songs that will keep your party on the right track!


Worst

A Tie

Seriously? Even if Dad wears a tie to work every day, that doesn’t mean he wants to be reminded of that fact all the time. Giving your dad a tie on Father’s Day is like giving your best friend a candle or a pack of gum. It says, “I just don’t know you that well,” or, “I didn’t put any thought into this.” You’d be better off with just a card than another piece of neck silk, even if it has a really nice pattern.

Useless Office Knickknacks

Why is work the go-to genre for gifts for men? In case you’re wondering, I’ll spell it out for you: Dad doesn’t want another picture frame, paperweight, paperclip dispenser, or novelty coin bank. His cubicle has enough going on without a statue of Calvin peeing on something. Put it back on the store shelf and walk away. Your dad will thank you.

A Handmade Craft— From an Adult Child

Unless you’re a world-class knitter and your dad loves hats, there’s not a lot of wiggle room on this one. Beyond about age 10 it’s pretty lame for Dad to receive a painted set of hand prints, even if it does make a butterfly. And a lot of the stuff you might be tempted to make will likely fall under the “Useless Office Knickknacks” category. If you’re truly a master carpenter and you can build something outstanding, go for it. Otherwise, pass on hand-making your Dad’s gift.

Best

Meat

I don’t know how else to say it—men love meat. What father wouldn’t be thrilled to receive New York strip steak, center cut pork chops, or cheddar and jalapeno smoked bratwurst? Giving the gift of fine grilling meats gives dad the chance to do two of the things he loves most- grill, and then eat.

Barbeque Sauce

I saw something online the other day that screamed “Dad” to me: a father's day bbq gift basket. Whoever thought of this is a genius (wink wink). It comes with a bunch of different sauces, including spicy, zesty and horseradish varieties. I don’t know about your dad, but my dad is a connoisseur of sauces, and he would flip his lid to get a father's day bbq gift basket rather than another box of golf tees.

Beer

Nothing says “I love you and accept you for who you are” like a beer ice bucket full of Dad’s favorite snacks. Your mom may roll her eyes or “tisk tisk” him and his snacking habits, but you can show him your unconditional love in a way he’s sure to understand: through food! Pick up a Budweiser or Rolling Rock beer bucket, fill it with cold ones or snacks, and watch a smile light up his face.

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