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  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. Flavor-Packed, Paleo-Friendly Summer Dishes

    Flavor-Packed, Paleo-Friendly Summer Dishes

    Paleo is one of the biggest diet trends at the moment and for good reason: people are getting great health benefits while eating really good food. The paleo philosophy and diet plan revolve around the idea that our bodies have evolved to handle certain foods: namely vegetables, healthy fats, and animal protein. (Read: Fantastic! All the bacon you want!) Who wouldn’t love this diet? Bring on the meat tornado. 

    Before you jump on the bandwagon, though, you should know about the flip side. The diet guidelines also suggest that our bodies haven’t adapted to digesting certain food groups and should be eliminated. On this list are: grains, dairy, sugar, and processed oils, just to name a few. If you’ve tried the Paleo lifestyle before, you know those restrictions can make it tough to pick healthy foods that are still delicious and packed with flavor

    July 02, 2019
  3. Spicy Chorizo with Brandy Frittata

    Spicy Chorizo with Brandy Frittata

    A Breakfast with Bold Flavor 

    We're all about simple recipes that bring folks together at breakfast table. Bacon & eggs belong together. 

    Serves 4 

     Ingredients:

    • 1 small white onion, sliced thin
    • 1 red bell pepper, diced
    • 1 green bell pepper, diced
    • 1 small red tomato - chopped  
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced fine
    • 2 slices sandwich bread, cut or torn into small pieces
    • 2 links North Country Smokehouse certified humane, Chorizo with Brandy sausage - diced
    • 8 eggs
    • 4 oz. diced cheese (we used Jack but any firm cheese would work)
    • 1/3 C olive oil, divided
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    Instructions:

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.

    2. In a large cast-iron pan, heat ½  of the olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the

    July 02, 2019
  4. New Local Flavors Just in Time for Summer Grilling

    New Local Flavors Just in Time for Summer Grilling

    The shift towards locally sourced ingredients is real. Our customers want to know where their food comes from and trust the people who produce it. Enter - North Country Smokehouse.

    We’ve been smoking meat for a long time, and we pride ourselves on the diverse flavors our products bring to the table. We live in a region that’s made a name for itself with the local flavors of sweet maple syrup, creamy cheeses and the very best in craft beer. It’s only right we partner with other local purveyors to develop two, all-natural, certified humane links; just in time for Memorial Day.

    We began collaborations with Harpoon Brewery and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company as part of our ongoing commitment to the local food movement, crafting recipes with fresh ingredients from our own backyard. These partnerships were made in sweet, meaty heaven – pairing our savory sausages with these regional, fan favorites was a no-brainer.

    A New England staple with locations in Windsor, VT., an

    May 14, 2019
  5. The Ultimate Guide to Summer Grilling

    The Ultimate Guide to Summer Grilling

    If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of grills firing up across the country. Eager to take the party outdoors, grilling season means gracing your table with the fresh flavors of the season.

    At North Country Smokehouse, we believe everything tastes better after it’s spent some time over an open flame. Nothing signals the arrival of summer like smoked meats sizzlin' on the barbie.

    We've launched 2 new, local products just-in-time for Memorial Day. Our new Jalapeno Cheddar sausage and Harpoon IPA Beer Bratwurst are sure to turn your run-of-the-mill meals into a scrumptious celebration.

    Find these and other feast-worthy flavors inside this Ultimate Guide to BBQ Season and remember... Stay Low. Stay Slow. Stay Smoky.

                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                     

    May 03, 2019
  6. Traditional Irish Bangers and Mash

    Traditional Irish Bangers and Mash

    Hearty & Full of Flavor 

    Ah, Saint Patrick’s Day. For the Irish, March 17 is a day of cultural celebration. For meat lovers all over the world, it’s a day of flavorful possibility. Yes, you can brine a brisket and slow-cook it in a Dutch oven for hours…But we’re quite happy dressing our Irish Brand Banger Sausage—a traditional Emerald Isle blend of pork, spices, and bread crumbs—with onion gravy on a bed of mashed potatoes for a traditional feast that takes less than 30 to fix.

    History has it that the name “Bangers” comes from the fact that these sausages used to burst (bang!) while cooking due to the inclusion of bread crumbs (otherwise known as “rusk”) in the meat.

    Just like any simple dish, Bangers and Mash is all about the ingredients, so most

    March 08, 2019
  7. Perfect Pairings: Craft Beer and Sausage Combos

    Perfect Pairings: Craft Beer and Sausage Combos

    In New England, February is still deep winter. Pay no mind to the groundhog: it’s still another month before we get the slightest taste of spring, and hearty winter foods are all we want to eat.

    Harsh winters are in our DNA so we embrace all the season has to offer. New Englanders have a unique sense of artisanship, respect for tradition, and strong values. We attribute some of that to overcoming the obstacles that come with a long winter. As New England natives ourselves, we share in stubborness required to do a job and do it well.

    We stick to our guns, making sure our sausages are hand-crafted and smoked low and slow, true to Old World traditions. Long gone are the days spent standing over simmering stove tops to get the rich flavors you’re craving. Our authentic sausage recipes are fully cooked, meaning you can get the mouthwatering tas

    February 20, 2019
  8. 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
  9. 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