Papa Cantella's Blog

How Long Does Fresh Sausage Last in the Fridge or Freezer?

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


Fresh sausage is the best sausage.

At Papa Cantella’s, fresh premium sausage is our bread and butter. Our clients appreciate our commitment to freshness, and we believe people can taste a difference. Fresher meat, fresher herbs, fresher spices…they all come together to create the best sausage blends possible.

We get a lot of questions about how long fresh sausages last in both the refrigerator and the freezer. You can bet that at any given time, we’ve all got several pounds of sausage stored at home! Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: Fresh Sausage

3 Amazing 4th of July Appetizers to Try

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jun 13, 2018 9:03:00 AM


Fourth of July is the perfect time of year to show off your best hosting skills. The weather is finally warm enough to gather your friends and family outside and the days are long enough to keep the party going well into the night!

The most important part of any Fourth of July celebration, of course, is the food.

Sure, you’re going to have one of those kooky cakes that looks like an American flag and you’ll obviously be grilling some delicious Brats and maybe even some burgers. But what really matters is your appetizers! They’re the first thing people eat when they come over and depending on how many libations you’ll be serving, probably the dishes they’ll remember most.

Here are Papa Cantella’s favorite Fourth of July appetizer recipes for you to try this year:

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Topics: Appetizers, Fourth of July

How to Make Sausage a Part of Your Power Breakfast

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jun 6, 2018 9:02:00 AM


Sausage is breakfast’s best friend. It’s high-protein, it’s filling, and it’s flavor-packed…hardly a morning goes by at Papa Cantella’s when we’re not sharing some kind of sausage dish!

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about so-called “Power Breakfasts.” As far as we can tell, Power Breakfasts are meant to provide you with long-lasting energy so you can power through the rest of your day. (We kind of thought that had always been breakfast’s job, but we digress!)

So, where does sausage fit in?

Here’s how to incorporate sausage into your Power Breakfast.

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Topics: Breakfast, Sausage Dishes

How to Involve Your Children in Everyday Meal Prep

Posted by Papa Cantella's on May 23, 2018 9:02:00 AM


Kids love to cook with mom. They do! The kitchen is one of the best places for kids to learn…to learn about science, about flavors, and about balanced nutrition.

Putting kids to work in the kitchen almost guarantees they’ll be excited to eat the result. In fact, we’ve found that getting our kids involved in the cooking process is one of the only ways to get them to eat the stuff they don’t want to eat. (Vegetables, we’re looking at you!)

So, how can you involve your children in everyday meal prep? Here are a few suggestions for rallying the troops.

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Topics: Meal Prep

Why Sheet Pans Are Your Best Friend for Easy, Healthy Dinners

Posted by Papa Cantella's on May 16, 2018 9:02:00 AM


“Sheet pan dinners” are all the rage. Whose social media feeds haven’t been chock-full of delicious-looking pan dinners over the last few months?

Why are sheet pans your best friend when it comes to making easy, healthy dinners for your family (or yourself!)? The Papa Cantella’s family has made literally thousands of dinners on sheet pans over the years – back before it was even “a thing!” – and we’ve got the scoop.

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Topics: Healthy Meals

Easy Tricks to Lighten Up Your Favorite Sausage Dishes

Posted by Papa Cantella's on May 9, 2018 9:03:00 AM


Let’s call a spade a spade: Sausage doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being a particularly “healthy” food. But that’s just a misconception! Sausage is actually an excellent source of protein, and it’s incredibly flavorful which makes it an ideal ingredient for livening up nutritious meals.

Sausage can (and should!) be part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Are you looking for some simply, easy ways to lighten up some of your favorite over-the-top sausage dishes? You know you probably shouldn’t be eating bacon-wrapped sausage skewers every single day, but we’ve got a few suggestions for making sausage your health diet’s new best friend. Here’s how to do it.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Protein, Sausage Dishes

2 Light and Healthy Sausage Casserole Recipes to Try

Posted by Papa Cantella's on May 2, 2018 9:01:00 AM


Sausage doesn’t have to be heavy! Sausage casseroles are family favorites here at Papa Cantella’s…they’re make-ahead, they feed a crowd, and they’re endlessly forgiving. What are some of our favorite sausage casserole recipes that are light enough to eat often?

Here are two we can’t live without.

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Topics: Breakfast, Recipe Ideas, Sausage, Healthy Meals

"How Much Protein Should I Eat Per Day?"

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Apr 25, 2018 9:02:00 AM


Protein, protein, protein.

Everyone wants to eat more protein! And it makes sense. If you’re trying to eat healthier, adding more protein to your diet can be a great way to cut back on carbs and keep your energy up. Protein helps the body repair cells and build new ones, giving you more sustainable energy.

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Topics: Protein

3 Veggie-Packed Sides to Serve with Sausage

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Apr 17, 2018 9:04:00 AM



A man cannot live on sausage alone!
Well, we could, but our tastes are a little specific.

Sausage – whether spicy grilled links or crumbled in a creamy pasta – deserves a veggie-packed side dish to round it out. Vegetables are the perfect counterpoint to Papa Cantella’s fresh sausage: They’re flavorful, they’re moist, and they’re always in season in one form or another.

So, which veggies are we serving with our sausage these days? Here are three vegetable sides we can’t get enough of.

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Topics: Sides, Signature Dish

3 Flavoring Secrets for Healthier Meals

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Apr 9, 2018 9:07:00 AM



Everyone’s trying to eat healthier these days. It’s hard to eat right, work out, and still juggle work and family and everything else life throws at us every day!

That being said, healthier meals are always worth striving for. Being healthy isn’t just about what you eat, it’s a lifestyle change, and we’ve got a few tips for adding flavor to food that might otherwise feel a bit uninspired. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be bland!

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Topics: Sausage Meat, Healthy Meals