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Favorite Sausage Flavor Pairings Every Chef Should Know

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Mar 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM


Sausage is a rock star, yes, but it’s even better with great backup. Sausage itself is inherently built on a complex range of flavors…but which pairings are most complementary? Whether you’re a home chef or a Top Chef, here are the sausage flavor pairings you should always have in your repertoire.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Recipe Ideas, Signature Dish, Sausage Pairings

A Field Guide to 3 Different Kinds of Sausage Meat

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Feb 20, 2018 9:02:00 AM


Sausages come in all shapes, sizes…and meats! Papa Cantella’s only uses premium-quality meats for our fresh and fully cooked sausages, complemented by our carefully-chosen combinations of herbs and spices.

What are the most common meats used in sausage making? Let’s take a look at three we use often here at Papa Cantella’s.

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Topics: Sausage Meat

Candidate for Customization: Bratwurst

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Feb 15, 2018 9:40:00 AM


Bratwurst is, perhaps, the quintessence of sausage.

The centuries-old German sausage is a mainstay here in the states, particularly for grilling. Bratwurst’s defining characteristics are its link shape, its thickness, and its composition of either pork, beef, veal, or some combination of the three.

That said, there are over 40 different kinds of sausages officially recognized as “bratwurst,” and that’s just in Germany.

Bratwurst is the absolute perfect vehicle for customization. It’s flexible enough to make it your own, and distinctive enough to be a standout on any menu. So, how can you customize bratwurst?

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Topics: Sausage Vendor, Local Vendor

A Duo of Impressive Sausage Recipes for Valentine's Day  

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Feb 8, 2018 9:53:00 AM


Nothing says romance like sausage.

Well, at least in the Papa Cantella’s family.

If you’re cooking for someone special this Valentine’s Day, why not amp up the flavor with one of our favorite sausage recipes for two? Skip the crowds and stock up on Papa Cantella’s premium sausage before February 14th.

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Topics: Recipe Ideas

Using Custom Sausage to Market Your Restaurant

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jan 25, 2018 9:35:00 AM



Custom sausage may just be the boost your restaurant needs. Papa Cantella’s has been working with restauranteurs for decades to supply the best sausages on the market…but we don’t stop there. We actually work with restaurant owners and chefs to create totally custom sausage blends, too.

How can custom sausage help you market your restaurant? Consider the following:

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Topics: Sausage, Sausage Vendor, Custom Sausage, Restaurant

Does Your Restaurant Have a Signature Dish?

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jan 16, 2018 9:01:00 AM

It should!

According to a highly-scientific study we just made up, restaurants that have a signature dish are over 150 times more likely to receive repeat visitors than those that don’t.

A signature dish is like your restaurant’s calling card. If you don’t have one, you’re missing out on a fantastic branding opportunity. A lot of restaurants have signature dishes without making them “official.” Remember, a dish doesn’t have to have a clever name and a special call-out box on the menu to be memorable enough to put your establishment on the map. You may already have a signature dish and not even know it.

More likely, you’ve got a signature dish in-waiting…a dish so close to being great that a little consideration might just push it over the edge.

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Topics: Signature Dish

3 Ways Papa Cantella's Can Customize Sausage for Restauranteurs

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jan 10, 2018 9:02:00 AM

Does your sausage vendor customize sausage for you? They should!

Custom sausage blends for restaurants, grocery stores, and various commercial customers are nothing new to us here at Papa Cantella’s. We understand that though restauranteurs love our 25+ commercially available premium sausage blends, sometimes they need something special. Customers use our custom sausages to enhance their menus, highlight a special ingredient, or even to boost sales of a specific item.

So, how can Papa Cantella’s customize sausage for your menu? Here are three of the most common ways.

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Topics: Sausage Vendor, Custom Sausage, Restaurant

Papa Cantella's Favorite Weeknight Sausage Recipes

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jan 1, 2018 9:01:00 AM


Seems just about every week we find ourselves combing the pantry or freezer for something to eat…it’s dinnertime and our families are hungry. No one has hours to stand over the stove on a weeknight. What’s our go-to?

It’s sausage, of course, but not just any sausage. Check out a few of Papa Cantella’s favorite weeknight sausage recipes for inspiration during your hectic week.


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Topics: Recipe Ideas, Italian Sausage

4 Holiday Recipes Made Better with Sausage

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Dec 28, 2017 9:03:00 AM


The holidays are a time for celebration. How does the Papa Cantella’s family celebrate? By adding sausage to everything, obviously!

Some holiday recipes are just begging for sausage. Here are four of our favorite dishes that are taken to a whole new level with the addition of fresh, premium sausage.

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Topics: Recipe Ideas

Two Easy Sausage Appetizers for Your Next Holiday Party

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Dec 19, 2017 9:03:00 AM


Hosting a holiday party?
Time to deck those halls! But before you break out the Santa hats and icicle lights, you should always start with the menu. After all, your menu sets the tone for your entire holiday get together!

The best parties have an air of effortlessness, and nothing says “effortless” like a bunch of heavy hors d’oeuvres and ever-flowing drinks. Break out the eggnog, fire up the broiler, and consider making one (or both!) of our easiest sausage appetizer recipes for your next festive occasion. Your guests will thank you.

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Topics: Recipe Ideas, Sausage, Appetizers