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.

 

The holiday season is past us, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of gift-giving has to end. The new year is sure to be filled with all sorts of birthdays, holidays, special celebrations, and reasons to be grateful. As we were all recently reminded, choosing the perfect gifts for the people in your life can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Couldn't someone special on your gift list use the mood boost that comes with a sausage and cheese gift basket?

Here are a few people you may want to consider.

1. The Over-Doer

Everyone has an over-achiever in their life, that person who has their New Year’s resolutions planned out months in advance—and actually sticks to them. That person might seem to have it all together, but one thing is for sure: that person needs a break.

If you have an over-doer in your life, a gift basket with decadent sausage and delicious cheese can be just the thing for a calm moment to themselves.

2. The Party Hosts

Who consistently throws the best party of the year? Which couple makes it a priority to invite everyone over for a beautiful dinner every few months?

The party hosts are people who love good food and good conversation. They pour over recipes, comb shops for the perfect ingredients, and spend hours cooking their creations. They know and respond to everyone's dietary needs and food preferences.

If you know people like this, you know that they go out of their way to provide fantastic meals for everyone they know. They also probably get tired of cooking.

The next time you are invited to a dinner party or cocktail gathering, bring the hosts a sausage and cheese gift basket. They'll appreciate it when they are cleaning their kitchen the next day and don't even want to think about cooking.

3. The Person With Too Much Stuff

Maybe it's your friend, your brother, or even you own mom, but there is surely someone in your life who simply has too many things. The last thing you want to do is give them another mug, figurine, or sweater that is just going to take up space.

A sausage and cheese gift basket makes a great choice for this person because they can eat it, enjoy it, and even use the basket for holding odds and ends that are scattered throughout their home.

4. The Lonely Guy (or Gal)

Do you have a friend whose relatives live too far away to visit? Or maybe you know someone who was recently divorced and having to spend their birthday or a special holiday away from their kids. People who spend a lot of time alone can easily become depressed.

Bring some light into this person's life with a sausage and cheese gift basket. Then offer some time and companionship in helping them eat it.

5. That Person You Don't Know Very Well

Nothing is quite as awkward as the relationship you have with someone who you barely know but who is important enough for you to feel obligated to give a holiday gift. This could be your dad's new girlfriend, a great aunt who suddenly sent the kids sizable savings bonds, or the neighbor who cut the lawn when your leg was broken. You want to give something special, but you have no idea what the person would want.

A sausage and cheese gift basket is a great way to show appreciation for someone, even if you don't know them well. It's a lovely and thoughtful surprise that is sure to please.

Is there someone on your 2017 gift list that could use a delicious dose of specialty cheese and sausage? This simple gift could truly make someone's day. Contact us for more information and to order a basket for someone in your life.

Summer is heating up, which means many of us are craving lighter, chilled foods to keep us feeling cool and fresh. Summer sausage is the ideal ingredient for summertime meals, as it doesn't require cooking or heating up your kitchen using the stove or oven. This makes it the perfect protein source for all your summer meals.

Here are a few of the many ways you can use summer sausage as an ingredient in these popular summertime dishes.

Protein-Packed Pasta Salad

Add diced summer sausage, as well as your favorite veggies, to cold pasta salad for a quick and easy lunch packed with protein, or a delicious side dish to serve at your next cookout or get-together. This dish stores well in the fridge and is best served chilled, so there is no heating involved when eating at work or serving at a party. No-heat dishes are super convenient, especially in situations where obtaining access to a kitchen may be difficult or even impossible, like a summer picnic in the park.

Fresh Vegetable Salad With a Kick

Like the pasta salad mentioned above, a fresh vegetable salad topped with summer sausage, like our Ragin’ Cajun Summer Sausage, is the perfect chilled, summertime dish with a kick. It’s also highly customizable, as you can add whichever veggies you like (or happen to have on hand), as well as toppings such as cheese, sunflower seeds, fruit, or dressing. This is a great, light lunch or afternoon snack that is sure to keep you full until dinner, thanks to the added protein from the sausage.

Sweet and Spicy Sausage Sandwiches

Serve chilled summer sausage sliced on sweet Hawaiian rolls along with a slice of Swiss cheese and spicy mustard for some sweet and spicy sandwiches for lunch or dinner. These are great served alongside a fruit salad and are perfect for packing in a lunch box. They also make great finger foods at a party, and they are so easy to put together, you won't mind making plenty to go around.

Cooled-Down Kebabs

Nothing is better than food on a stick, but sometimes it's just too hot to grill up traditional kebabs. On those hot summer days, these cold kebabs are the perfect solution. Simply place cubed summer sausage, cubed cheese, and cherry tomatoes on a skewer and serve cold. Just like the sandwiches above, these are great for lunch or for a gathering. To add a sweet touch, serve these savory kebabs alongside some fruit kebabs.

Traditional Summer Sausage Tray

Of course, the easiest way to serve summer sausage is in the traditional way, with cheese and crackers on the side for creating tiny cracker sandwiches. There is a reason this method of serving summer sausage has been around such a long time. It's simple, perfect for parties, and gives party guests the opportunity to customize their little sandwiches. There is absolutely no shame in using your summer sausage in this way at your next event or even in your lunch pail, but be sure to try out some of the options mentioned above as well.

These are just a few of the fantastic summertime recipes you can whip up with our delicious, gourmet summer sausages. At Deli Direct we offer two flavors of summer sausage, as well as a fat-free version, so you can decide which one suits you best—or order all three! Don't forget to order some of our wonderful cheeses as well. These pair perfectly with any sausage and are an excellent addition to all the dishes listed above.

If you have questions or comments about our products we would love to hear from you. Please contact us with any questions or for assistance placing your custom order.

 

Watches, baubles, neck ties, widgets and beads are nice but we can only use so many of them. So after a while, they’re no fun to give or receive. Thankfully, there are still products out there that feed the soul. Cheese and sausage gift baskets are among them. They have the ability to transform Scrooges into giddy children and casual acquaintances into good friends. But that’s providing the cheese and sausage gift baskets have what it takes to delight recipients’ taste buds.

Carnivores Rejoice!

For unabashed carnivores, there is nothing better than a sturdy basket full of premium meats. So we’ve designed our Sausage Champion baskets with them in mind. Each offering boasts a full eight pounds of high quality proteins divided up into a myriad of well seasoned options, including Cajun sausages. And those savory, delicious sausages are not alone. They’re joined by gourmet condiments, crackers, mints and a shiny, sharp cleaver. Thus, it’s a true sausage rush for the pork and beef faithful.

Viva Variety!

For those who live by the creed “the more the better”, Gourmet Deli Classic Treasures baskets are unequivocally the perfect fit. They have two pounds less meat than the sausage gift baskets but feature a number of other, hunger satisfying additions. There is pumpkin butter, pickles, pirouline cookies, assorted condiments and wasabi peas. Recipients will also find dips, olives, chocolates, crackers, pickled beans and close to 50 ounces of cheese in each basket.

Now that’s just scratching the waxy top of the cheese wheel my friends! There are indubitably more cheese and sausage gift baskets to choose from. Plus, we can work with customers to build custom baskets for the most cantankerous, persnickety people they know.  To learn more and find the perfect cheese and sausage gift baskets, please contact us today.

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