Sunday, 02 February 2014 04:08

Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies

Mix It Up With Jenny - Super Treats for the Super Bowl

Rocky Road Squares
Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies

(Family Features) - While there's a time and a place for elegant desserts, a Super Bowl party isn't one of them. All the fun and action call for something easy for guests to handle and easy for hosts to make. So for this year's party, I'll be bringing some highly munchable bar cookies.

In looking through my recipe "playbook," I found so many good options that it was hard to narrow them down. But I finally made the call and want to share these championship recipes with you.

Fans of chocolate and marshmallows will cheer for these Rocky Road Squares. By substituting evaporated milk for water, you get a super-rich texture and very fudgy flavor. And by using melted chocolate morsels as well as whole ones, these Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies score big on the taste meter. You may want to make an extra batch, because they'll be scooped up in no time!

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Rocky Road Squares


  • 1 package (19.5 to 21 ounces) fudge brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, per package directions
  • 2 large eggs, per package directions
  • 1/2 cup Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts



  1. PREHEAT oven according to package directions. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. PREPARE brownie mix according to package directions, using vegetable oil and egg(s) and substituting evaporated milk for water. Spread into prepared baking pan.
  3. BAKE according to package directions; do not over bake. Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate morsels. Let stand 5 minutes or until morsels are shiny. Spread evenly. Top with marshmallows and walnuts.
  4. BAKE for 3 to 5 minutes or just until marshmallows begin to melt. Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 to 30 minutes. Cut into squares using a knife dipped in hot water.


2 dozen brownies

Calories: 230g   Total Fat: 13g
Cholesterol: 20mg   Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates: 27g   Sodium: 80mg

Preparation and Baking Time:
35 minutes

Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies


  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts



  1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. MELT 1 cup morsels and butter in large, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in eggs. Stir in flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda. Stir in remaining morsels and nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan.
  3. BAKE for 18 to 22 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.


2 dozen bars

Calories: 190g   Total Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 35mg   Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates: 23g   Sodium: 50mg

Preparation and Baking Time:
28 minutes



Sunday, 02 February 2014 03:51

Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

Big Flavor for the Big Game

(Family Features) Looking for a way to kick up the flavor for your game-day party? Tailgating by the stadium or watching on a big screen, you can add great taste to the menu with a versatile cheese such as Jarlsberg.

This recipe can be made ahead of time, then popped onto the grill or under the broiler to be ready before the next time out.

For more recipes with big flavor, visit

Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

Makes 16 appetizers

16 pickled jalapeño peppers, rinsed and drained
2 4-ounce logs fresh goat cheese
1 cup grated Jarlsberg cheese
1/2 cup grated Manchego cheese*
1/4 cup diced green onion (scallions)
Dash of hot sauce
Cilantro leaves
Optional garnish: pickled mini hot red pepper

Using small sharp knife, cut slit down one side of each pepper. Leave stem intact and remove seeds and veins. In bowl, mash goat cheese with Jarlsberg, Manchego, onion and hot sauce. Divide among peppers, stuffing each generously. Refrigerate. (Recipe can be made ahead to this point.)

Arrange peppers in heavy aluminum foil packet. Grill 8 - 10 minutes until cheese begins to melt. Garnish with cilantro and, if desired, hot red peppers.

*If you can't find Manchego, use 1-1/2 cups Jarlsberg.
Source: Norseland

Sunday, 02 February 2014 03:45

Fan Favorite Recipes for Game Day

Fan Favorite Recipes for Game Day

Score extra points with super snacks for your gathering

Buffalo Chex ® Mix

(Family Features) The recipe for a successful sports party calls for three main ingredients - cheering friends, delicious snacks and fun activities for all. 

When the weekend rolls around, who doesn't love an excuse to round up friends and family to watch a major sporting event? This season, have the party at your place and score big points with your friends and family:

  • Fast Finger Foods
    When the game is on, guests don't want to sit at a table - people tend to watch standing up so they can cheer at exciting moments, or mingle if they're not that into it.  That's why finger foods and appetizers are must-have menu items at game day parties, allowing guests to grab a quick handful without ever missing a play.
  • Spice it Up
    Kick up your party a notch and make sure your snacking spread boasts a variety of different flavor profiles. Hungry fans will be sure to grab extra handfuls of Buffalo Chex(r) Mix, a spicy assortment of cereal, Parmesan crackers, pretzels and the sizzling touch of Frank's(r) RedHot(r) Buffalo Wings Sauce.
  • Share The Spread
    Don't be shy about asking friends to bring something to the party. People like to help the host by bringing a drink or an appetizer. As the host, make sure there is a good assortment of options, so that no one ends up bringing the same dish. As a rule of thumb, offer fruits and veggies, a meat or veggie dish and a dessert. When friends ask what they can bring, feel free to tell them.
  • Kids Corner
    While the adults are munching on snacks and watching the commercials, kids can get a little bored. Be sure to have kid friendly games, snacks and beverages to ensure they are as excited as the winning team. Try making a bean bag toss in your basement or backyard, or set up a simple obstacle course for guests of all ages to try.
  • Satisfy Every Taste Bud
    Many people are dealing with dietary restrictions, so it's important to prepare something for everyone.  Provide a gluten free snack option and at least one vegetarian option for your guests. For example, Chex(r) Party Mix offers a variety of gluten free snacks - sweet and salty - to make everyone happy.

With a little bit of preparation and some team spirit, your party will be a real winner. For additional recipe ideas for your game day bash, visit

Buffalo Chex ® Mix


  • 4 cups Rice Chex® cereal
  • 4 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
  • 2 cups Parmesan-flavored crackers
  • 2 cups pretzel twists
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Frank's® RedHot® Buffalo Wings Sauce
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed



  1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, crackers and pretzels; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in hot sauce and seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
  2. Microwave uncovered on High 4 to 5 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.


24 (1/2-cup) servings

Preparation Time:
15 minutes


Saturday, 22 January 2011 14:51

Make the Game Day Party Hall of Fame

(Family Features) - It's the biggest sports day of the year - what are your plans for the Big Game? This year, grab a few of your favorite sports fans, stock up on all-star snacks and get ready to party. Here are some tips to help make your party one that could get you honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Got a printer and a package or two of plain white t-shirts? Create a custom t-shirt commemorating your party using iron-transfer paper. Better yet, create two - one cheering on one team, one for the other. Everyone will love to have a souvenir of the day.

Use masking tape to "draw" a line roughly down the middle of your party space - then decorate each side of the room in one team's colors. Have fans sit on whichever side represents the team they're rooting for. Start that friendly rivalry going the second your guests walk in the door and you're sure to have a lively crowd from the very beginning.

Give the fans at your party another way to express their passion for the game and their team. Pick up a couple of soft foam footballs that can be hurled at opposing fans at the party when a big play is made.

Football watching can be hard work - and your guests will get hungry. So it's essential to have plenty of hearty, tasty snacks on hand. Make it easy on yourself and keep the menu simple, with one or two hot appetizers and plenty of munchies.

Did you know that 11 million pounds of potato chips are served on Super Sunday? This year step up your potato chip game and skip the ordinary chips in favor of all-natural, great-tasting Kettle Brand Potato Chips. With many intense, all-natural, delicious flavors to choose from, you're sure to find the right flavor combination for your get-together.

Set bowls of snacks all around the room to keep the party circulating. Put out crowd-pleasers such as Emerald Deluxe Mixed Nuts or Pop Secret Premium Popcorn. Salty, crunchy munchies will be exactly what your partiers will crave.

Your guests will also be thirsty. Make sure you have plenty of drinks that are easy to access. If you're not sure how much to purchase, the general rule of thumb to go by is five six-packs for every ten guests.

Consider bringing an extra TV or two into your party room to expand the crowd's viewing options. If you really want to go big, rent a mega-screen for the day.

Your guests will be interested in watching the game (and talking trash) - they won't care if their food is served on your grandmother's fine china. Make set-up and cleanup easy on yourself and go with "green" paper plates and napkins made from recycled paper.

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Party Hall of Famer?

This year, in honor of the biggest sports day of the year, Diamond Foods, Inc. and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are teaming up to honor Party Excellence. One lucky fan will win the prize of a lifetime and be recognized during the enshrinement weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, complete with a trophy awarded by a Hall of Famer and a plaque on display. If you think you have what it takes, visit to find out more.

SOURCE: Diamond Foods

Saturday, 22 January 2011 03:09

Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers

(Family Features) According to the National Pork Board's "Healthy Habits 2011" survey, while 60 percent of dieters have made a health-related resolution, sticking to that goal will be harder than quitting smoking or even winning the lottery.

Luckily, finding nutritious foods, like pork, which taste great and can help you feel fuller longer, is a delicious recipe for long-term diet success. However, the survey also showed that seven out of ten people are not aware that incorporating lean pork into their diet can decrease distracting thoughts about food.

"One of the keys to weight management is managing hunger," said Dr. Heather Leidy, currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri. "There is a growing body of evidence that suggests increasing the amount of lean protein, like pork, in your diet can help decrease distracting thoughts about food to help you achieve long-term healthy eating goals."

Here are a handful of tips to help you control your appetite:
  • Choose cuts of pork that come from the loin - including chops and roasts - and 96 percent lean ground pork, which are the leanest cuts of pork available.
  • Think about meal frequency. A recent study, published in the journal "Obesity," suggests that sitting down to eat a real meal three times a day may be a better strategy for weight loss than grazing on several smaller "mini-meals."
  • In addition to protein, look for foods high in fiber like fruits, vegetables and whole grains to help keep you fuller.
For more information, including recipes to help you maintain a healthy diet year-round, visit or

Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers


  • 12 ounces 96 percent lean ground pork
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons couscous
  • 4 large red, orange, or yellow bell peppers, or a combination
  • 3/4 cup prepared salsa, plus more for serving (optional)
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar, Monterey jack, or Mexican blend cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 500
  2. In small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover, remove from heat, and set aside for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in large skillet over medium-high heat, cook pork, stirring occasionally and breaking it up, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
  4. Also while couscous is softening, remove tops from peppers and scrape out seeds. Set aside.
  5. In large bowl, combine couscous, pork, salsa, corn, and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Fill peppers with pork mixture. Arrange peppers in a shallow baking pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top and continue baking until peppers are tender and stuffing is heated through, about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve peppers with additional salsa on the side if you like.
    Preparation Time
    5 min
    Cook Time 
    25 minutes
    Calories: 280     Total Fat: 6g
    Cholesterol: 55mg     Protien: 26g
    Carbohydrates: 55g     Sodium: 470mg
    National Port Board
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 20:43

Smart Game Day Snacks

Cocoa-Almond Popcorn

(Family Features) - Even armchair quarterbacks can fuel themselves like the pros. Mitzi Dulan, co-author of "The All-Pro Diet" (with Atlanta Falcon's Tony Gonzalez), recommends keeping a bowl of almonds close by to provide sports fans with power throughout the game - whether on the sidelines or the field. A good source of energy, almonds can help keep fans going from kick-off to the final countdown, and they're a great way to snack guilt-free without sacrificing flavor.

"Almonds are ideal for snacking because just one ounce - roughly one handful - is a tasty treat that helps crush cravings and provides hours of sustained energy that athletes and fans need," says Dulan.

Game day snacks don't have to be loaded with grease and calories to be tasty and satisfying, Dulan says. Instead, whip up a batch of smart snacks before kickoff that cover the flavor bases: Dulan's Chocolate Almond Popcorn and Spicy End Zone Party Mix provide a sweet snack in one hand and a spicy, savory crunch in the other. Together they tackle any craving that comes along.

For fans of something a little heartier, try a grown-up version of a kids' favorite: Mahi Mahi fish sticks with a crunchy almond coating provides a more substantial snack for a more sophisticated crowd. They're fun, easy to put together and will combat any craving straight through to the post-game wrap-up.

Or keep it simple. A bowl of roasted almonds will meet the crunch craving football fans have on game day. Keeping a few favorite snacks while subbing out others for something healthier will keep everyone sated without feeling deprived.

Having worked with numerous NFL players like Tony Gonzalez, Dulan is no stranger to coaching athletes to keep their hunger in check and energy up.

"I tell my professional football clients that smart snacking is the key to maintaining optimal energy levels," she says. "It's easy to keep a bag of almonds and dried cherries in your gym bag for a quick pick-me-up, or to make your own power energy bars by mixing together almonds, almond butter, dried fruit, flaxseed and honey. They're great to have on hand after a workout or anytime you need an energy boost."

Visit for Dulan's fun, football-ready snack recipes for athletes of any kind, as well as the Pro Snacker page for snacking tips and more.

Cocoa-Almond Popcorn


  • 6 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 2 cups whole almonds
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Combine the popcorn and almonds in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine butter, honey, cocoa, vanilla and sea salt. Boil 3 to 4 minutes; drizzle mixture over popcorn and almond mixture, stirring constantly until well-coated. Cool and serve.

ServesYield 12 servings

Calories:210.70g Total Fat:13.60g
Cholesterol:2.54mg Protein:5.97g
Carbohydrates:20.30g Sodium:

SOURCE: Almond Board of California

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 20:42

Kick Off Your Super Bowl Party Right

Cheeseburger Bowl Dip

(Family Features) - Classic commercials, historic plays and close company are all quintessential elements to the perfect game-day get-together. The biggest obstacle for many Super Bowl shindigs is how to best tackle the menu. Ideal dishes need to be finger-friendly, universally appealing and well suited to feeding hungry groups. Here are six vital tips for sidelining game day stress, as well as a sumptuous all-American recipe guaranteed to be the MVP of your party planning playbook:

Game Plan Greatness: Plan ahead and prepare as much of the food as possible before the blitzing begins, so you don't have to miss any of the pre-game fun shut-out in the kitchen.

Supe-up Team Spirit: Use colorful team jerseys, posters and pennants to create a festive field of decorations. Build a little friendly rivalry by decorating one side of the room for each team, or line table tops with green turf in place of coasters and table clothes.

Stock Your Roster With Reserves: Game day parties bring hungry crowds, so when planning for food quantities, think big to avoid a grocery store rush at fourth quarter. In addition to your starting line-up of dishes, you may also want to consider preparing items that you don't bring out until half-time.

Avoid Penalties, Safety First: Make sure to offer a variety of "mocktails" (non-alcoholic beverages) for kids and designated drivers.

Be Replay Ready: Set up your digital video recorder (DVR) the night before the Big Game so you can be sure to capture close calls and commercials for a second look or laugh.

Simplify the Sideline Set-up: To save time and money, choose shareable favorites like pitchers and punches (rather than complicated cocktails) and bowl dips and finger foods like this hearty Cheeseburger Bowl Dip, provided courtesy of King's Hawaiian Bakery:

For more bowl dip recipes, visit

Cheeseburger Bowl Dip


  • 2 16-ounce loaves King's Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Bread
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 24 ounces American processed cheese
  • 7 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 cup peeled cooked tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup hamburger dill slices, chopped
  • Thousand Island salad dressing


  1. Carve out center core of bread within two inches of bottom and sides, keeping bread intact.
  2. Cut reserved bread and other loaf into 1-inch cubes for dipping.
  3. Cook ground beef, season with seasoning salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cut American cheese into chunks and add to cooked beef and stir until melted.
  5. Add crumbled bacon and diced tomatoes, stir to mix well.
  6. Spoon warm mixture into carved bread bowl.
  7. Top with red onion and pickles (to taste).
  8. Drizzle with Thousand Island dressing (if desired).

ServesMakes 8-10 servings

Notes, Tips & SuggestionsOptions:

  • Ground turkey can be substituted for ground beef.
  • Bowl dip mixture can be spooned onto King's Hawaiian rolls for a group meal alternative.
  • SOURCE: King's Hawaiian

    Tuesday, 18 January 2011 14:43

    Feeding the Game Day Frenzy

    Feeding the Game Day Frenzy

    BBQ Nachos
    Mini Meatball Hamburgers

    (Family Features) - What better way to serve a hungry gang than with two crowd-pleasers: meatballs and BBQ? Anyone hosting a big game gathering needs to have recipes on-hand that are hearty and tasty, while still being easy to prepare. 

    The easiest and fastest way to find what you need to feed the fans is by utilizing local club stores like Sam's, where shoppers can huddle and find great game-day foods and entertaining items at affordable prices. These crowd-pleasing recipes start off with Byron's Hand Pulled Pork BBQ and Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs, both sold at Sam's Clubs nationwide.

    The Mini Meatball Hamburgers are made from fully-cooked meatballs crafted from an outstanding, authentic family recipe. The seasoned and lightly steamed meatballs can be warmed up quickly and paired with a tasty sauce for some super-star sliders.

    BBQ Nachos take game-day appetizers to a whole new level. Made with hickory-smoked pulled pork that's finished with a sweet and spicy sauce, this BBQ is ready to be warmed up and loaded up with fan-favorite nacho toppings for an appetizer that will have your guests calling for a replay. 

    For more information about Byron's Hand Pulled Pork BBQ, Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs, or for additional recipes, visit

    BBQ Nachos


    • Byron's BBQ
    • 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
    • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
    • 1 green bell pepper, diced
    • 1 tomato, diced
    • 115-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
    • Tortilla chips
    • Whole kernel corn
    • Sliced jalapeño
    • Fresh guacamole
    • Sour cream



    1. On a large oven safe serving plate, arrange a layer of tortilla chips; top with BBQ. Sprinkle with cheese, onions, bell peppers, diced tomato and black beans.
    2. Heat in microwave (or in oven) until cheese is melted. Garnish with whole kernel corn, sliced jalapeño, fresh guacamole, and sour cream.


    Serves 4

    Mini Meatball Hamburgers


    • 26 frozen Casa Di Bertacchi fully cooked meatballs (1 pound)
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • 3 tablespoons Dijon honey mustard
    • 26 2-inch rolls, sliced in half horizontally
    • 1 1/2 cups sweet pickle relish



    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Place meatballs in 8 x 8 or 9 x 9-inch pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.
    3. In a small bowl, combine ketchup and mustard. Place a heaping teaspoon of ketchup mixture on the bottom of roll. Place a meatball on top. Follow with a rounded teaspoon of pickle relish. Place top half of roll over top. Repeat for remaining meatballs and rolls. Serve immediately on a large platter.
    4. Cheeseburger Variation: Place a small slice of cheddar cheese over each meatball.


    Makes 26 appetizers

    Notes, Tips & Suggestions
    Cheeseburger Variation: Place a small slice of cheddar cheese over each meatball.

    Byron's BBQ / Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs

    Monday, 17 January 2011 09:53

    Go Big for the Big Game

    Go Big for the Big Game

    Reuben Brat Hoagie
    Touchdown Italian Sausage Chili
    PigTails & Fries
    Spicy Sausage Queso

    (Family Features) When your friends and family gather around the big screen for the big game, only BIG FLAVOR will do! Earn MVP status with quick and easy Johnsonville recipes featuring sausages that are big on flavor when served by themselves, or when they're included in these traditional sports-fan favorites. Visit for great recipes to flavor up any get-together.

    Deli Bites

    Keep it simple with crowd-pleasing Deli Bites. There's big flavor (and no fillers) in these bite-sized delights. And, all you have to do is open the bag and serve - but you may want to stock up since they're often the first to go!

    Reuben Brat Hoagie


    • 1 package (19.76 ounces) Johnsonville Original Bratwurst
    • 1 large onion, sliced
    • 1 teaspoon butter
    • 1/3 cup Thousand Island salad dressing
    • 1/3 cup coarse ground mustard
    • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread
    • 12 slices Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
    • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, drained



    1. Grill brats according to directions.
    2. When cool, cut into 1/4-inch bias slices.
    3. In skillet, sauté onion in butter until tender; set aside.
    4. In small bowl, combine salad dressing and mustard.
    5. Slice French bread lengthwise and transfer to baking sheet.
    6. Spread salad dressing mixture on inside of bread. Layer bottom of bread with six slices of cheese, brats, onions, sauerkraut and remaining cheese.
    7. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
    8. Cut hoagie and serve hot.


    6 @ $2.14 per serving

    Notes, Tips & Suggestions
    Serving Suggestions: To grill hoagie, assemble sandwich on a large sheet of heavy-duty foil. Wrap in foil. Grill, covered, over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted

    Preparation Time:

    Grill Time:

    Touchdown Italian Sausage Chili


    • 1 package (19.76 ounces) Johnsonville Italian Sausage Links
    • 1 cup onion, chopped
    • 3 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 large yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian recipe stewed tomatoes
    • 1 can (16 ounces) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 can (15 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
    • 3/4 cup black olives, sliced
    • 1/4 cup cream sherry (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking cocoa
    • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper



    1. Grill Italian sausage according to package directions; cut into half moon slices and set aside.
    2. In soup kettle, sauté onion, celery, sweet pepper and garlic in oil until tender.
    3. Add sausage and remaining ingredients; bring to boil.
    4. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until flavors are blended.


    12 @ $1.38 per serving

    Notes, Tips & Suggestions
    Serving Suggestions: Sprinkle chili with grated Asiago, Romano or Parmesan cheese.

    Preparation Time:
    35 minutes

    Cook Time:
    20 minutes

    PigTails & Fries


    • 1 package (13.5 to 16 ounces) Johnsonville smoked sausage (Polish, New Orleans, Smoked Turkey, BOLD Beef Hot Links or Beef Franks)
    • 1 package (28 ounces) frozen curly french fries Oil for deep-fat frying



    1. Cut sausage links in half lengthwise. Cut each half into three long strips.
    2. TO FRY: In deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°F. Fry french fries in batches for 3 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Place sausage strips in single layer in fryer basket. Fry for about 1 minute or until they curl. Drain on paper towels. Serve with fries.
    3. TO BAKE: Spread fries in single layer on baking sheet. Bake at 450°F for 17 to 20 minutes, turning once. At the same time, arrange sausage strips in single layer on separate baking sheet. Bake at 450°F for 12 to 14 minutes or until they curl. Serve with fries.


    6 @ $1.69 per serving fried or $0.91 per serving baked

    Preparation Time:

    Cook Time:
    20 to 25 minutes

    Spicy Sausage Queso


    • 1 package. (16 ounces) Johnsonville All Natural Ground Italian Sausage
    • 2 pounds Velveeta cheese, cubed
    • 1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa
    • 1 tablespoon fennel seed, crushed
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon anise seed, crushed
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
    • Garlic toast



    1. In skillet, cook and crumble sausage until no longer pink; drain. Place cheese in large microwave-safe bowl.
    2. Microwave on high for 6 minutes or until melted, stirring every 2 minutes. Stir in salsa, seasonings and sausage.
    3. Microwave 2 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with garlic toast.


    24 @ $0.52 per serving

    Notes, Tips & Suggestions
    Serving Suggestions: Add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a spicier dish. Serve garlic toast with diced tomatoes and chopped black olives. To serve in a bread bowl, cut off the top of a round loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1-inch shell. Cube removed bread. Spoon cheese dip into bread shell. Serve with bread cubes.

    Preparation Time:
    25 minutes


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