Okay, so let's be real, who doesn't love cheese? The taste, the color, the way it melts perfectly. Cheese is definitely a favorite of many food loving citizens in the world. That is why we endlessly try to find ways to incorporate the delicious delicacy that cheese is into any meal we can possibly imagine. Macaroni and cheese, cheese toast, cheese sticks, nacho cheese sauce; adding cheese just makes any food better. I mean, maybe even cheese on cheese would be worth trying.

One way that is terrific for incorporating a variety of cheeses into one gathering, without making it look like you are a cheese obsessed maniac, is to have several different types of cheese spreads. There are so many options available in terms of cheese that is in spreadable form. Perhaps you could try Asiago Cheese Spread, Blue Cheese Spread, Cheddar Cheese Spread, or pretty much any variety of cheese spread you can think of. Having these spreads coupled with various types of bread and crackers at your gathering gives the illusion that you just love the idea of having simple finger foods for your guests to enjoy. All the while you get to bask in the deliciousness of an unending variety of cheese. That seems like a win-win!

So go ahead, get some cheese spreads, line the party table with 5 - 10 different kinds and watch your guests enjoy the brunch, potluck, birthday party, or other occasion. They're sure to be a hit!

If you would like to place an order for a cheese spread for yourself, be sure to contact us today!

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.

It never fails. The temperature zooms to over one hundred, and you have to make supper for the family. The air conditioning unit can only handle so much and it’s too hot for you to handle much more! It’s time to decide whether to call out for pizza and wings or think of something a little cooler. Then your eye falls on your Deli Direct Deli Classic meat and cheese gift basket. Walking to the fridge, you open it to see how you can combine its contents with the goodies in the gift basket. Grab some skewers, something to use for marinade (we suggest olive oil or Italian salad dressing) and all the fresh veggies you've got. Have we got some cool ideas for you (pun intended)!

Caesar Surfer

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Romaine lettuce with leaves separated
  • Diced tomatoes, cucumber and stuffed olives from your Deli Classic gift basket
  • Diced meats and cheeses

Combine all ingredients and drizzle with classic Caesar salad dressing. Finally finish off with Gourmet Chocolates from your Deli Classic gift basket!

Skewer Fun

Ingredients:

Thread the ingredients onto the skewer. Fold the spinach leaves until they’re the size of the other ingredients. Marinate in a Pyrex dish using the olive oil and a little basil or Italian salad dressing for two to three hours.

Of course, you can always just chunk everything in the fridge into a gigantuous bowl and make a rocking salad. A different meal idea would include flour tortillas, your choice of Deli Direct cheese spreads, a little lettuce, a few chunks of summer sausage, diced tomatoes and strips of red onion for a new twist on a wrap. However you choose to beat the heat, we have the best quality meats, cheeses, pickles, olives, spreads and sweets. Just contact us when the heat is too much for you to stay in the kitchen.

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.

Not all party dips have to be savory. It’s perfectly okay to introduce a little sweetness into one’s life and we can’t think of a better way to do it than reaching for a jar of Dulce de Leche Sauce. Dulce de leche sauce has been used throughout Spain and Latin America for centuries. Why even the Mayans took time out from their battles to enjoy a bit of dulce de leche now and again so why shouldn’t you?

How Do You Dulce de Leche?

There are many ways to enjoy it. For instance, you could use our dulce de leche sauce to make bread pudding, sandwich cookies, cheesecake bars and corn panna cotta. It’s also fabulous on breakfast foods like pancakes, waffles and banana crepes. But our most favorite way of eating ducle de leche in the summer is on chocolate pound cake with fresh fruit and our best cheese spreads. It’s perfect for brunch.

Best Brunch Munchie Ever!

To make the summer treat, slice a chocolate pound cake up into even pieces and place them on to a serving platter. Then whip up a spread made from one of our cheese spreads, powdered sugar, Greek yogurt, whipped topping and pure vanilla extract. You’ll need ½ cup of the spread, whipped topping and the yogurt.

Many people use plain whipped topping and Greek yogurt for this recipe but you may want to experiment with other flavor combinations. For example, you could combine our Port Wine Cheese Spread with chocolate whipped cream and banana caramel Greek yogurt. Also, our Swiss Almond Cheese Spread would work well with almond whipped cream.

Either way, put the yogurt, whipped topping and cheese spread of your choice in to a bowl along with ¼ cup of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to make four servings. Gently stir it all up and use the resulting sweet, cheesy spread to top the slices of chocolate pound cake. Next, add slices of your favorite fruit and drizzle it with our dulce de leche sauce. Afterward, enjoy the fruit and cheese topped pound cake slices with the people you love.

To learn more about all of the delightful ways to serve dulce de leche sauce in the summertime, please contact us at Deli Direct today!

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.

Moo-ve over Father’s Day and High School graduations, there is another holiday taking place this month that’s tailor-made for cheesy celebrations. Yes, we’re talking about National Dairy Month and we’ve got the cheese gift baskets that are sure to please every dairy fan on your list. Since we’re sure that many of you plan on making a lot of noise and inviting every Wisconsin Cheddar Head within a 50 mile radius to your National Dairy Month shindig, let’s talk about our Incredible Party Favorites first:

Incredible Party Favorites Gift Basket

Our Incredible Party Favorites gift basket will leave your loved ones in 7th Heaven because it contains seven different cheeses. Plus, we’ve tossed in gourmet crackers, two dip seasonings, beef summer sausage, Perky Pickles and honey mustard glaze. Oh, and there’s a handy-dandy cleaver included in the gift basket too. So you guests can don their wedge hats and cut their favorite cheeses with wild abandon.

For Cheese Lovers Only Basket

Are you worried that there won’t be enough Cheddar N’ Salami Block or Toasted Onion Cheese Spread to go around? Never fear dairy darlings! Our For Cheese Lovers Only gift basket will help ensure that the only thing blue at your party is the dip. You get to choose two cheese blocks and a pair of cheese spreads. In addition, the basket includes another Wisconsin cheddar block, variety cheese wheel, gourmet crackers, Danish butter cookies, gourmet chocolates and other party essentials.

Rat Pack Cheese Gift Basket

Okay, so maybe Ol’ Blue Eyes didn’t appreciate milk as much as he should have but that doesn’t mean you need to follow in his black leather, elevator shoes. Our Rat Pack gift basket will clearly fly Sinatra fans to and then over the moon. So, send them one during National Dairy Month. We’re sure that they’ll love the gourmet cheese spreads, crackers and stylish cheese spreader. And just like Frank, you can have the basket your way by selecting three types of cheese from our great, Deli Direct collection. To learn more and get the National Dairy Month party started, please contact us today!

Have your family’s taste buds fallen asleep after one too many tasteless, dried out turkey, chicken or vegetable burger? Well why not set the alarm bells ringing and wake them all up with our cheese dips? They are the perfect way to perk up poultry and vegetable patties, whether you’re cooking them on the barbecue grill or in a frying pan. Let’s take our Swiss almond chicken burgers for example. Considered a play on chicken almondine, they’ll likely leave your family yodeling for seconds:

To make Swiss Almond Chicken Burgers, you’ll need:

Mix the vegetable dip into the mayonnaise and condensed mushroom soup. Next, stir in the frozen peas and add the vegetable dip mixture to the ground chicken breast. Continue by using the ground chicken breast mixture to make thin patties. If the mixture is too wet for your liking, go ahead and add some soft bread crumbs until you’re happy with the texture. Just don’t go overboard. Otherwise, your Swiss almond chicken burgers are apt to dry out.

When you’ve got enough chicken burgers formed, reach for the Swiss almond cheese dip and a spoon. Put a spoonful of the cheese dip into the center of one patty. Then top that patty with another and pinch them together until the cheese spread is trapped inside. Finally, cook them on the grill or in a pan. Afterward, top the Swiss almond chicken burgers with additional cheese spread and other topping of your family’s choice. To learn more about all of the tasty burgers that may be made with our cheese dips and spreads, please contact us at Deli Direct.

April is one of our favorite times to kick back and celebrate for one simple reason. It’s National Grilled Cheese Month and who doesn’t love to find a great, hot and gooey sandwich on the menu? We don’t know of anyone that would kick such a great lunch to the curb, do you? Especially when there are so many fantastic cheese blocks, cheese spreads and dips available to delight the senses. Here are a few fun ideas to get the cheese fest started:

Aged Alpine Asiago Dip

There’s nothing that says you can’t celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month with a twist. So, whip up some Aged-Alpine Asiago Dip and slather it on garlic toast points. Then top the toast points with grilled tomato slices and enjoy a Tuscan-style meal on the go or a leisurely wine and craft beer tasting session with friends. Oh, and by the way, the dip would also pair well with roasted bell peppers, avocados and fresh fruit spreads.

No-Fuss Cheese Fondue


Since we’re talking about being a bit unconventional, we’ve got another idea you may want to try. It’s a fun way to celebrate the holiday in fuss-free, gourmet style. Simply take one of our fantastic cheese spreads and heat it up in a microwave-safe dish. Next, set out a variety of bread sticks and let people dip them into the hot cheese. You can pass it off as a deconstructed grilled cheese sandwich or a no-fuss fondue. And if you’re worried about double dippers, simply give everyone their own bowl of melted cheese spread.

Flavored Cheese Blocks

Lastly, let’s not forget about traditional grilled cheese offerings. You could make yours with a slice of cheddar or something unexpected. Good choices that will undoubtedly send shock waves through everyone’s palate are hot pepper, horseradish, onion and garlic cheese. Make the slices as thick or as thin as you like and grill them up when you’re ready. Oh, and don’t forget to include cheese block offerings for the less adventurous members of your bunch too.

To grab all the cheese blocks, spreads and dips you need to make National Grilled Cheese Month menus complete, please contact us at 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.

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