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.

Did you know that Meat Week and National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week both kickoff this month? It’s true. The first weekly observance normally begins on the 25th and the second one starts on the 26th. So why not stock up on grilling meats and other treats that are perfect for filling up your favorite cowhands’ saddlebags? We’ve got a list together for you filled with goodies sure to put even wily sidewinders on their best behavior:

NY Strip Steak

Tops on any red-blooded cowhand and meat lovers’ list has to be 8-ounce NY strip steaks. That’s why we’re starting our list off with them too. We’ve got 10-count cases of USDA Choice baby! They’re hand cut from the most juicy, marbleized sections of the cow and sealed at the peak of flavor. So don’t let your resident chuck wagon cook overdo it with the spices or marinades. As a matter of fact, we’d suggest preparing them with nothing but our signature charbroiled flavor seasoning.

Smoked Curls & Sticks

Next on our list are smoked curls and sticks. They’re perfect for urban cowpokes as well as those who truly live on the range. Plus, they come in two fantastic varieties, beef and pepperoni. Consequently, you can let them sit on a southwestern meat platter bareback or saddled with a smidgen of spicy Santa Fe Sauce.

Shredded Beef Jerky

Shredded beef jerky is another item that would be wonderful for cowhands on the run. The expertly prepared jerky comes in 3.84-ounce cans, which can easily fit in saddlebags, pockets and purses. Plus, the tins can be saved after the jerky is gone and repurposed as your family sees fit.

Center Cut Chops

Okay, so we know that many range riders prefer beef but we can’t leave beautiful, 7-ounce, center cut pork chops off of our list. After all, back in the day, cowboys and gals were known to eat wild or domestic hogs too. To add to the “home on the range” ambiance, top them with some of Big Bad Bubbas BBQ Sauce and serve them with a side of beans.

Specialty Dips

Oh, and for a final flourish, don’t forget to break out the dips. Two great ones to consider serving this month are Gringo Guacamole and Western Ranch. They’d taste wonderful with everything from thick steak fries and tortilla chips to freshly cut vegetables. Hey, cowhands have to eat their greens too!

To learn more about these products and others that would be ideal for January’s more unconventional celebrations, please contact us at Deli Direct today!

Take your taste buds on a wild rollercoaster ride to “flavor town” with our assortment of Party Dips and Seasonings! There are countless options with what you can do with our seasoning packets. You can make dips, create marinates and so much more! Can’t believe it can get better? Well it does! Our seasoning packets are free of gluten, MSG and preservatives. To top it off they are made from all natural ingredients! Below we have supplied you with a few of our favorite Party Dips and Seasonings recipes.

Hot and Spicy Dip

Makes: 7 cups 
Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. 
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together salsa, chopped spinach, Hot Pepper Cheese, Garden Vegetable Cheese Spread, evaporated milk, black olives, red wine vinegar and Beat the Heat Habanero Dip. 
  3. Pour mixture into medium sized baking dish. 
  4. Bake mixture in oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until it bubbles 
  5. Serve immediately. 

Marinated Steak

Makes: 6 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 6 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. of Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp. of Cha Cha Chipotle Seasoning
  • 1 ½ Ibs. New York Strip Steaks 
Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the oil, soy sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic and Cha Cha Chipotle Seasoning. Place the meat in a shallow glass dish and pour marinade over the steak, turning the meat to thoroughly coat.
  2. Cover, and refrigerate for 6 hours.
  3. Preheat grill on medium-high heat.
  4. Oil grill and place steaks on. Discard the marinade. Grill meat for five minutes on each side or to your desired tenderness. 

Taco Dip 

Makes: 25 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 minutes 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. of cream cheese (softened)
  • 16 oz. of sour cream
  • 1 package of Tango Taco Dip
  • ¼ head of iceberg lettuce (rinsed, dried and shredded)
  • 1 cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 can of black olives (drained) 
Directions:
  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream and Tango Taco Seasoning. Spread mixture on a 9 in or larger round platter. Top the mixture with lettuce, Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, green pepper and black olives.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later use.

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!


Practical Grilling Tips for Perfect Steaks Every Time

There is nothing like the taste of a perfectly-grilled New York steak. We love grilling because it is an easy way to prepare ordinary foods to give them a uniquely delicious flavor. Best of all, it’s not brain surgery and just about anyone can master grilling pretty quickly. We assume you already know the basics, and here are a few grilling tips that we think will help make you get the most out of it.

Respect the Meat

· DO NOT puncture your beautiful steak with a grilling fork. This releases the meat’s juices, and you want every bit of that juiciness inside your steak. This is true for most any cut of meat except flank steak or London broil, which should be scored before grilling for even heating.

· DO NOT cut into the meat to check for doneness. Use the fingertip test - soft and squishy for rare; a little more firm for medium rare; medium will feel more firm, and well-done will be very firm.

· DO NOT let the meat sit at room temperature before grilling. There are differing opinions about this, but for safety’s sake remove the meat from the fridge immediately before putting on the grill.

· DO oil the surface of leaner cuts of meat like New York steak lightly before grilling to prevent sticking. This is also a great time to add seasonings or rubs.

· DO let the meat rest for 15 minutes or so after grilling. Keep in mind that it will continue to cook for a short time after removing from the heat so adjust cooking times accordingly.

At the Grill

· DO clean and oil the grill lightly before cooking. Use a wire brush or a wadded up piece of foil to remove any stuck-on food from the grate.

· DO let the grill come to the proper temperature before placing food on the grate. If your grill does not have a built-in thermometer use the hand test to check the temp. After heating hold your hand over the grate and count the seconds until you must remove your hand. Four seconds is about right for a medium-high heat.

· DO NOT fuss with the steak once it hits the grill. This prevents that nice flavorful crust from forming on the outside of a nice cut like New York steak. Master grillers use the 60/40 method; let the steak cook for 60% of the total time on the first side, then flip for the remaining time.

· DO remember that different types of meats like sausages – brats and kielbasa – require different handling. The goal is to cook the meat through without drying out the casing. Try parboiling them first and then placing on the grill. You can add flavoring to the boiling water for extra taste.

These are just a few general tips. There is more information on grilling than we can fit in one post, and you can search the web to find answers to grilling specific types and cuts of meat. So fire up the grill, grab those tongs, and get going!

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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