As the weather warms and the calendar starts to fill up with barbecues and picnics, many of us are racking our brains for some fun and tasty recipes to share with friends and family. Summer sausage is one of those foods that many people enjoy but often don’t consider for use beyond the usual cheese and meat plate. This is a shame because summer sausage is actually much more diverse and adaptable than people assume.

Here are four unique ways that you can use our summer sausage to create delicious snacks and meals.

1. Mini Sausage Sandwiches

There are a couple of different ways that you can use summer sausage as "mini-sandwiches." The method you're probably thinking of is placing small slices of summer sausage on top of crackers or slices of baguette and topping it with a bit of sharp cheddar. While definitely delicious, there is an even better way to make mini-sandwiches: by using the summer sausage as the bread.

That's right: you're going to cut your sausage into thick slices and place cheese, turkey, and your favorite sandwich dressing between the summer sausage slices. This might seem a little strange, but trust us when we say it's shockingly good. It's also a great way for people who are cutting back on carbs to still enjoy the treat.

2. Hot & Honey-Glazed

Summer sausage is traditionally served cold or at room temperature, but it doesn’t have to be. When cooked, summer sausage takes on a unique flavor and texture that is merely hinted at when it’s uncooked.

Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. While the oven is heating, slice your summer sausage accordion style (¾ the way through), place in a small baking dish, and drizzle with our delicious Triple Treat Honey Glaze Spread.

Once the oven is done heating, slide the dish into the oven and let it cook for approximately 40 minutes, basting the sausage with the glaze halfway through. Then, take the sausage out of the oven, finish slicing, and serve it with a side of potatoes. Mix the leftover meat drippings with some extra glaze for a smoky-sweet dipping sauce.

3. A Zesty Salad Topping

People often consider salads to be a somewhat boring food. However, there are a variety of ingredients that you can use to spice up your salads, including delicious salad dressings, croutons, and, of course, summer sausage.

The tangy flavor of our summer sausage is perfect for just about any salad type, but we think it goes best in a Caesar salad with tomatoes, herbed croutons, cucumbers, and fresh mozzarella. Drizzle with a simple dressing of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and herbs, and you’re ready to eat!

The trick to this recipe is to dice your meat small enough to make it easy to sprinkle on your salad. The bits should be just a little over bacon bit size. Sprinkle them directly on top of the salad before adding your dressing, and then mix everything together. You'll be surprised at how good these homemade summer sausage bits are on your salad. You might never use bacon bits again!

4. Spicy Sub Sandwich

Sub sandwiches are always a delightful lunch or dinner, and they can be made even better with our Ragin Cajun Summer Sausage. Use a meat slicer to cut your summer sausage 1/8th of an inch thick, and layer it onto a homemade sub. Now you can do one of two things: eat the sub as is or toast it in your toaster oven.

Heating it will bring out some of the flavors of the meat and give the bread an extra crunch. Next, add lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, or any other veggies you like. Just before serving, add mayonnaise, one of our delicious cheese spreads, or some Big Bad Bubba’s BBQ Sauce, and enjoy!

As you can see, summer sausage can be used to add a unique and tangy flavor to a variety of dishes. The ways that it can be integrated into multiple recipes makes it an indispensable part of any kitchen. To learn more about our summer sausage or to place an order, contact us today.

There's nothing quite like our delicious meat snacks, and one of our most popular varieties is our smoked pepperoni curls and sticks. They’re lean enough to be a healthy snack and convenient enough to enjoy anywhere.

Here are a few of our favorite ways of serving these tasty treats. Ranging from casual get-togethers to formal events, our pepperoni curls are sure to delight any palate. Make sure to follow our simple serving suggestions for the best results.

1. Sports Game Finger Foods

When you and your buddies get together to watch a sports game, you want snacks that are both easy to make and delicious. Our pepperoni sticks fit that bill! Simply open up the bag, pour them out into a bowl, and serve.

Some people enjoy microwaving or baking these snacks to give them a slightly different flavor, but that all depends on your personal taste. If you do cook them, you may want to wipe the tops off with a paper towel to remove excess grease.

2. Side-Dishes at Weddings

Weddings require a nice variety of finger foods that can be munched on during the reception. Our pepperoni curls go well with a variety of cheeses, including high-quality cheddar and mozzarella. We also suggest serving them with high-grain crackers, so your guests can create open-faced sandwiches that go well with reception drinks.

Serve them at room temperature or slightly chilled for the best taste. If the reception is outdoors, take care to keep them out of the heat for prolonged periods of time. 

3. Quick Snacks at Work

When you're busy at work, it can be tempting to simply skip lunch when you don't have anything on-hand to munch on. Put a bag of our pepperoni curls snacks in your work fridge for a quick, easy, and healthy snack. Their low calorie count and high protein levels make them a great little pick-me-up that will keep you feeling full and energized throughout the day.

4. High-Energy Food For Hiking

Hiking is a great way to exercise and explore the beauty of nature, but it is an energy-draining process. If you plan on hiking for a few hours, take along some of our pepperoni curls and sticks!

They store easily in many types of containers, and always taste good on the trail. They also give you a burst of pure, protein-powered energy. Avoid eating more than a handful at each stop to avoid cramps and other problems. Pair them with some hard cheese for an even more filling snack.

5. Beach Day Chow

Spending time on the beach always requires some food and drinks. Beyond the grilled hot dogs and burgers typical at beach parties, you should consider our pepperoni sticks. They go well with a variety of dishes and can even be placed directly on top of hamburgers or hot dogs for an even meatier and more delicious meal.

Keep them cold in your cooler for a crisp and refreshing snack. Pair them with cheeses, jams, crackers, and fruit for a truly splendid spread!

As you can see, our meat snacks lend themselves to a variety of fun uses. Keep some pepperoni curls handy for whatever life throws at you and you'll find yourself a life-long fan. Please contact us today if you are interested in purchasing these snacks or if you have your own awesome serving suggestions.

 


Let's face it, we've all experienced a "food rut".  It's easy to miss great opportunities for new and delicious serving ideas, especially when you're accustomed to serving something such as Summer Sausage the same way.

Everyone is familiar with the cheese and sausage tray as an appetizer or snack, but Summer Sausage is so much more.  From appetizers to main dishes, Summer Sausage goes well beyond the humble slice!

Summer Sausage can take pasta salad from boring to booming with a quick and easy addition.  Try this quick and easy Antipasto Pasta Salad, from Taste of Home.

If you're looking for a heartier meal, consider adding Summer Sausage to your main dish.  Gumbo is the perfect showcase for the rich and unique flavor of Summer Sausage. Here's a delicious, super easy recipe from Pinkwhen,  Slow Cooker Sausage Gumbo Recipe.  Our Ragin' Cajun Summer Sausage is a great option for serious kick!

Summer Sausage heats well and can take the place of other meats in TONS of dishes such as omelettes, warm pasta dishes, or simply sliced thin and added to baked potatoes topped with cheddar cheese.  The possibilities are endless.  The zippy flavor combined with the fact that Summer Sausage comes to you ready-to-use, with virtually no prep, makes it a great option to amp up your meals.

Don't be afraid to try different types of summer sausage for a personalized spin on the flavor.  We offer a range of flavors from mild to mind-blowing, as well as a fat-free, lite, summer sausage to help you create a taste experience that's uniquely your own.   Check out our distinct offerings!

Browse our our delicious selections and feel free to contact us or comment below with any questions. We're happy to help!

What do you do with a man who has more than enough cologne and neckties? Should you get him fancy cufflinks that he’ll probably never wear or a smoking jacket that will most likely never make it off of the bathroom hook? Nah, why not take a page out of grandma’s book of proverbs instead? She always said that the way to win a fella’s heart was with something tasty.

If an apron is the last thing you want to put on, don’t worry. Meat and cheese gift baskets can come to the rescue! They’ll give any man a tasty treat he’ll long remember and you won’t have to get your hands or clothes dirty in the process. Simply look, point and click on the perfect meat and cheese gift basket for Mr. Wonderful. Then wait for it to be delivered and hand it over to him with a smile. Shazam! Your gift giving problem solved.

And what if your man isn’t a fan of meat and cheese gift baskets? Hey, it happens from time to time because not every guy on the planet is a carnivore. For the vegans and vegetarians among us, we’d suggest creating custom baskets overflowing with martini olives, fruits, hot sauce, horseradish and Chubby Cheeks. Oh, and we can’t forget about the wasabi peas, party dips, sweet heat salsa and any number of other deli goodies.

What’s that you say? What about those new boyfriends, coworkers and others who may feel funny about receiving gigantic baskets of treats from the ladies in their lives?  Well, you could scale back and make stocking stuffer size gifts out of treats like garam marsala stoneground mustard and beef sticks. They just big enough to say, “Hey, I’m thinking about you”, without making them worry that you’re ready to sit down and plan a wedding.

To learn more about sending any size deli gift to the men in your life, please contact us today. It may be possible to have it shipped to their homes in time for Valentine’s Day.

It's amazing how difficult it can be to come up with appropriate stocking stuffers for everyone on your Christmas list. Big gifts come fairly easily. Coming up with enough little trinkets to fill a stocking, however, can be a real challenge--especially if you're looking for stocking stuffer ideas for men!  Jerky stocking stuffers are a great way to add a little special something to your loved ones' stockings this Christmas. 

Small batch bags are the perfect size. These 2.5 oz bags of beef jerky will add the perfect touch to any stocking. Even better, they come in a four-pack, making them perfect for all the special people in your life. The enticing, smoky flavor of the Jack Links bags will be sure to stand out in this year's stocking.

Savory Sugar River Beef Sticks will fill up quite a bit of a stocking. Even better, you can repackage them in appropriate sizes for several different stocking stuffers. Sugar River Beef Sticks are a favorite snacking treat for many individuals, especially when combined with all of the holiday cheese offerings.

Go a little bit healthier with Sweet Teriyaki Turkey Jerky. 3.25 oz of turkey jerky takes up plenty of space in the stocking and packs an even bigger flavor punch! Sweet Teriyaki Turkey Jerky also comes in a multi-pack, making it ideal for individuals who have several stockings to fill. 

If you've been struggling to find the perfect stocking stuffers for all the men in your life, look no further! The flavors of jerky will add a fantastic touch to every stocking and make you the family favorite this Christmas. Looking for more stocking stuffer ideas, advice about how to make a Christmas platter that includes jerky, or have other questions for us? Contact us today for more information.

Meat snacks are often served with stone-ground, garam masala mustard but did you know that the condiment has other uses? It’s spot on, heady mix of Ayurvedic spices truly makes it an ideal cooking companion as well. So don’t tie it solely to meat snacks and pretzels. Mix it into other, cold weather classics too. Here’s a thought:

Indian Meatloaf with Aioli

Why not make an Indian inspired meatloaf? Simply add ¼ cup of garam masala mustard to a liberal helping of traditional, meatloaf seasonings, like minced onions and thyme. Add the eggs, bread crumbs, some curry and ground meat of your choice to the bowl before working the mixture into a loaf. Bake it as normal but serve it with garam masala mustard infused aioli and the side dishes you love.

Marinated New York Strip Steak or Pork Chops

Let New York Strip Steaks and pork chops get chummy with your jar of garam masala mustard too. Combine two teaspoons with ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil, a dash of salt, black pepper and two tablespoons of lime juice. Then mix it up and use it as an Indian inspired marinade. And in passing, the same marinade could also be used as a salad dressing.

Indian Salad Dressing

So save some and drizzle it on to bowls full of winter greens or cold beans.  Guests should love tasting its warm, spicy undertones. Heck, it may just turn out to be their favorite salad dressing of the day! Oh, and don’t forget to put some in a bowl near crudities platters. It makes a superior, dipping option.

To discover other ways to use garam masala mustard besides pairing them with meat snacks, please contact us. We’ve got the best stone-ground, Indian inspired mustard on sale now along with grilling meats, meat snacks and other favorites.

Alright all you grilling meats aficionados, how well do you know your cuts of pork? Could you pin the fork on a rib-eye, blade or center cut chop blind folded? What about a porterhouse or America’s cut? If so, you’re going to love our center cuts. Made from the boneless section of the hog, they’re cut into thick, 7 ounce portions. So, they’re ideal for marinating and throwing together a hearty, quick meal.

Why Dive Into a Center Cut?

For those that might not be able to separate America’s cut from a porterhouse, don’t let it curl your pigtails. We’ll explain why they’ll blow your house down and leave the pack howling for more. Let’s begin with their origins shall we? All center cuts are traditionally taken from the area located directly underneath of the hog’s back fat and well behind its shoulders. As such, it’s usually very tender and lean, unlike other pork chop cuts.

Go Juicy or Go Home!

Because it’s boneless, most center cuts in our grilling meats section will cook in 7 minutes, or one minute for every ounce. For the juiciest chops, pull them off out of the heat when their internal temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit and let them rest for a few minutes. Or, if you hate even the slightest bit of pink, let the internal temp reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit but no more.  And stick to the two to three-minute resting period as well.

No Confusion Apple Infusion

Which marinades work best with our pork grilling meats? Many center chop faithful swear brining each portion is ideal, especially if apple cider is involved. To make apple-infused brine for our center cut chops, you’ll need:

  • 8 Cups Sweetened Apple Cider
  • 1 Cup No-Pulp Orange Juice
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Allspice
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 2 Tsp. Black Pepper
  • 5 Whole Cloves
  • 2/3 Cup Kosher Salt

Boil the brine first then add 36 ounces of cold water to the mix. It will help cool it down. Once the apple brine is at room temperature, add the grilling meats. Then place the whole kit and caboodle into the fridge. Let center cut chops marinate in the fruity brine overnight or for up to 24 hours. Afterward, take the pork chops out of the apple brine and cook them as you please. To learn more about delicious, center cut chops and other premium meats, please contact Deli Direct® today.

Although you might have gifted plenty of meat and cheese gift baskets in the past, you might have never thought about purchasing them for yourself. However, it's a good idea to buy a few nice gift baskets from Deli Direct and keep them on hand during the upcoming holiday season. These are a few reasons why you won't regret it if you do.

Be Prepared for Impromptu Guests

First of all, the holiday season is always a season of visiting and spending time with loved ones. This means that you might find yourself throwing together an impromptu get-together, or you might find friends or family members knocking on your door when you least expect it. Although you might like being able to offer your guests a nice snack when they come over, you probably aren't always prepared to do so.

If you have a meat and cheese gift basket on hand, however, you can open it up and put the offerings on a nice plate or platter. Since these gift baskets often come with nice cheese, sliced meat, crackers and more, you will have everything you need to offer your guests something tasty.

Always Have a Potential Gift on Hand

You never know when you might be invited to an unexpected party or when you might need an extra gift for someone on your list. Since meat and cheese gift baskets make great gifts for just about anyone, it's a good idea to keep a few on hand, just in case.

As you can see, it's always smart to keep a few of these nice gift baskets on hand during the winter months. If you contact us at Deli Direct, we can help you choose the right gift baskets for your needs.

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.

With Summer coming to a close, it's time for your back-to-school party. You may have the guest list, decorations, place, and time, but it's time to start planning your food.

When planning your menu, don't forget the ever important meat and cheese platter. A meat and cheese platter is perfect for a party. Not only is it delicious, but it offers a quick and easy way for you guests to fill up on some food.

What are the best Deli Meats for a meat and cheese platter? Summer sausages are great for platters. Pieces of summer sausages do not fall apart easily and are a cinch to eat on a cracker. Their strong flavor can stand on its own, but it pairs well with the creaminess of cheese.

In a mood for a different kind of summer sausage? You can try our Ragin' Cajun Summer Sausage. If you're in a mood for something a little more traditional, try our Beef Summer Sausage.

Other meat that are a hit on the platter are pastrami and ham. The ham is a staple for the platter, and pastrami is a great way to mix up the flavor profile.

Why buy online? Planning a party takes time and effort. Why not cut yourself a break, and save time, by not taking that extra trip to the store. Buying online gets you exactly what you want, delivered right to your door, without you having to fight crowds and traffic.

If you have any questions about deli meats, or meat and cheese platters, please, contact us.

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