Appetizers

Blog
Sort by
Show
per page
  1. Short on Time, Big on Flavor? Snack Dinner.

    Short on Time, Big on Flavor? Snack Dinner.

    It happens every year. Back-to-School season sneaks up and brings with it lots of time-consuming activities, like forms for filling, clothes for buying, and sports practices for shuttling to and from. After the slower days of summer, it can be hard to adjust. When it comes to  question, “What’s for dinner?” are you fighting off the temptation to yell “Every man for himself!” in response? The answer is simple: Snack Dinner.


    You heard right. Here’s our take: 


    Step 1: Prepare a few simple snacks. Make them delicious. Ingredients are the key here. 

    Step 2: Set everyone loose to fill their plates with what they want. 

    Step 3: Bask in the bit of extra time you have from no cooking and way fewer dishes.


    The beauty of snack dinner is

    July 30, 2019
  2. Beef Bacon Sliders: Smokehouse Style

    Beef Bacon Sliders: Smokehouse Style

    A popular alternative to basic burgers. This July 4th declare your independence from flavorless, dry sliders!  This recipe is modeled on the White Castle square sliders and results in a juicy burger that fits all the way to the edge of the buns, which are held in place with melted cheese. 

    Serves 16

    Ingredients:

    • 2 lbs. all-natural, ground beef (preferably 80% lean)
    • 1 small white onion, finely grated
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • ½ tsp. black pepper
    • ½ tsp. white pepper
    • 2 TBS cold water
    • 1 package of slider buns or dinner rolls, connected in a single sheet (we recommend Martin’s potato rolls or King’s Hawaiian Bread)
    • 1 lb. sliced cheddar cheese
    • 1, 12 oz. package of North Country Smokehouse Certified Humane Fruitwood Bacon


    Instructions:

    Measure your buns! Using a tape measure

    June 11, 2019
  3. Kielbasa, Pepper & Pineapple Skewers

    Kielbasa, Pepper & Pineapple Skewers

    Perfectly Portioned, Sweet & Savory Kabobs

    Made with 3 fresh ingredients and a few flavorful pantry staples, the samoky sausage does the talking with this winning dish. 

    Serves 20

    Ingredients:

    For Skewers

    • 1 12oz package of North Country Smokehouse Natural Polish Style Kielbasa, sliced into ½ inch coins
    • 10oz fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
    • 2 red bell peppers, cut into large chunks


    For Marinade:

    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1 tsp sriracha
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 15-20 toothpicks or small kabob skewers, soaked overnight


    Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together in

    January 31, 2019
  4. Cheesy Baked Andouille Dip

    Cheesy Baked Andouille Dip

    Creamy with Bold Cajun Flavor 

    Break free from your usual party food ideas and take your menu to the next level with this fan favorite. 

    Serves 8 

     Ingredients:

    • 1 (12 ounce) pkg. North Country Smokehouse Andouille Sausage
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, split
    • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded, split
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, well drained
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 4 green onions, sliced, split

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

    2. Chop the North Country Smokehouse Andou

    January 29, 2019
  5. The Ultimate Holiday Recipe Guide

    The Ultimate Holiday Recipe Guide

    It's that special time of year when families gather around the table to reflect on moments past and create new and lasting memories to take into the year ahead. 

    We've compiled our favorite signature smokehouse recipes and put them in this handy holiday guide for your family to savor.  From starters to soups, sides and specialty desserts, these recipes are sure to inspire. Better yet, our smoked sausages, hams and poultry are fully-cooked, so you will spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the true spirit of the holiday season.

    Use these recipes together to create a flavorful, 5-course feast, or prepare them individually for holiday parties, luncheons or a post-holiday brunch. 

    Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season from your friends at North Country Smokehouse.                                                                           

               

    December 19, 2018
  6. Sweet & Spicy Honey Glazed Bacon

    Sweet & Spicy Honey Glazed Bacon

    A Treat with Some Heat 

    Served 6 to 8

    •  1 lb. All-Natural, Certified Humane Fruitwood Bacon
    • 2 Tbsp. honey
    • ¼ tsp. ground coriander
    • Pinch of cayenne pepper
    • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place bacon slices in a single layer.

    In a small skillet, combine honey, coriander and cayenne and cook over high heat until melted, about 1 minute.

    Brush the spiced honey on one side of the bacon and bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with sesame seeds and bake for 3 to 5 more minutes, until desired crispiness.

    Transfer the bacon to paper towels, glazed side up, to drain and cool slightly. Serve immediately.

    August 06, 2018
  7. Fresh Figs with Bacon and Goat Cheese

    Fresh Figs with Bacon and Goat Cheese

    Fancy & Flavorful

     Serves 2 to 4

     Ingredients:

    • 4 to 6 regular smoked bacon slices (2 1/4 to 3 1/2 ounces uncooked)
    • 12 small fresh ripe figs, such as white or Calimyrna, halved lengthwise
    • About 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) crumbled mild herbed goat cheese

    Instructions:


    Preheat the oven to 350° F.

    In a medium heavy skillet, place the bacon slices in a single layer and cook over low to medium-low heat, turning as needed until just beginning to brown.

    Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Cut each bacon slice into 4 or 6 pieces.

    Arrange th

    August 06, 2018
  8. Baked Oysters with Bacon and Leeks

    Baked Oysters with Bacon and Leeks

    A Seafood Sensation

     Serves 2 to 4

    Quiche cooks up light and fluffy inside ham crusts. A perfect on-the-go breakfast or finger food for your next party that is low-carb and gluten-free.

    Published Bon Appetit, November 2004

    Use fresh oysters if you can; note that the recipe also tested well using oysters packed in jars. If the oysters are very large, cut them in half.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
    • 1 cup whipping cream
    • 8 ounces North Country Smokehouse Applewood bacon bacon, chopped
    • 4 cups thinly sliced leeks (white and pale green parts only; from 4 large)
    • 1 cup finely chopped celery
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
    • 2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano che
    August 06, 2018