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(posted April 25, 2011)

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(posted March 25, 2011)

Classic Sausage and Peppers, the Old World Way

There’s nothing more filling than a good meal hot off the skillet!

Johnsonville Italian Sausage and Pepper Skillet

  • 1 package (19.76 ounces) Johnsonville Italian Mild Sausage Links, cooked and bias-sliced
  • 1 small red pepper, julienne stripped
  • 1 small green pepper, julienne stripped
  • 1 small yellow pepper, julienne stripped
  • 1 small onion, julienne stripped
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground basil
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) of Italian diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Cook one package of Johnsonville Italian Sausage according to package directions. Bias-slice and keep warm. Julienne strip peppers and onion and set aside. In a large pan add olive oil and garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add vegetables to oil and garlic and sauté an additional 5 minutes or until crisp tender. Add tomatoes and sliced Italian Sausage and heat through, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Serving Suggestions: for a spicier dish, add 1 teaspoon of Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy seasoning.

Make it fun: Have the kids help tossing things into the skillet.

What’s your favorite way to cook Johnsonville Italian Sausage? Let us know on Facebook or with a Tweet to @SheSpeaksUp using #SSRW!

Try this recipe at home or share your own on the Recipe Swap! Make sure to snap photos of you and your family cooking in the kitchen with Johnsonville Italian Sausage. Upload photos at http://photos.shespeaks.com/publish.


(posted March 24, 2011)

Pizza Please!

This recipe comes in handy when you don’t have a lot of time. It’s quick, easy and a sure crowd-pleaser.

Easy Sausage Pizza

  • 1 pre-baked pizza dough crust (12 inches)
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 lb. Johnsonville All Natural Ground Italian Sausage, pinched into dime-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper

Spread sauce over crust; sprinkle with 1-cup cheese. Sprinkle with sausage and green pepper. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake according to crust package directions or until sausage is no longer pink and cheese is melted. Options: additional toppings such as onions, mushrooms or olives may be added. Try pepper jack cheese instead of mozzarella.

Make it fun:

  • Let the kids help decorate before putting the pizza in the oven.
  • Try asking them to make fun faces, shapes, names or even phrases. Happy Birthday written in sausage is tasty and fun!

Do you put veggies into your kids? favorite foods? Do they notice?

Try this recipe at home or share your own on the Recipe Swap! Make sure to snap photos of you and your family cooking in the kitchen with Johnsonville Italian Sausage. Upload photos at http://photos.shespeaks.com/publish. Check our Facebook Fan page and Twitter page using #SSRW to see if we’ve shouted you out!


(posted March 23, 2011)

An Amazingly Awesome Appetizing Appetizer

If you’ve ever planned a party then you know that appetizers set the mood for the rest of the night. One of our favorite party openers is the stuffed mushroom. It’s a consistent hit at every party - packing a big taste into such a little bite!

Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 48 large fresh mushrooms
  • 1 package (19.76 ounces) Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage Links
  • ½ cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove mushroom stems and discard. Place mushroom caps on foil-lined baking sheets; set aside. Remove sausage casings. In a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage until no longer pink; drain. Remove from the heat. Stir in breadcrumbs and set aside.

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, parsley, lemon juice and garlic until smooth. Combine cream cheese mixture and sausage. Fill each mushroom cap with sausage and cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and lightly browned.

Yields: 48 appetizers.

Prep: 40 min.

Bake: 15 min.

Make it fun:

  • Let your kids help with the stuffing process.
  • Take small vegetables like shelled corn or peas to decorate the tops of the mushrooms after you stuff them.

Does your family enjoy mushrooms? If so, how do you usually prepare them? (Stuffed, on pizza, etc.)

Try this recipe at home or share your own on the Recipe Swap! Make sure to snap photos of you and your family cooking in the kitchen with Johnsonville Italian Sausage. Upload photos at http://photos.shespeaks.com/publish. Check our Facebook Fan page and Twitter page using #SSRW to see if we’ve shouted you out!


(posted March 22, 2011)

On Top of Spaghetti, All Covered in Cheese

"...sat my Johnsonville Italian Meatballs, they’re sure to please."

Meatballs are a family favorite! They’re great for dinner, or stick a toothpick in them and serve them as appetizers!

  • Johnsonville® Italian Meatballs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 package (19.76 ounces) Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage Links

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the egg, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, milk and onion. Remove sausage from casings. Add sausage to the breadcrumb mixture and mix well. Shape into 20 meatballs; arrange on a shallow baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through (160°F). Serve with your favorite sauce and spaghetti.

Yields: 6 serving

Prep: 25 min.

Bake: 20 min.

Make it fun:

Have your kids help out when it comes to shaping the meatballs.

Who said meatballs have to be circular? Grab a cookie cutter and see what fun shapes you and your kids can make.

Try this recipe at home or share your own on the Recipe Swap! Make sure to take a video of you and your family cooking in the kitchen with Johnsonville Italian Sausage. Upload videos at http://videos.shespeaks.com/publish. Check our Facebook Fan page and Twitter page using #SSRW to see if we’ve shouted you out!


(posted March 21, 2011)

Pass the Pasta Please!

There’s something about noodles that gets any kid excited. We’ve never met a kid who didn’t love noodles! Want to dress that pasta up? Add in some Johnsonville Italian Sausage in any of its 4 varieties! Toss in a cup of veggies and you’ve got a well-rounded meal for your entire family.

Italian Sausage Rigatoni

  • 1 package (19.76 ounces) Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage Links
  • 12 ounces uncooked rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Cook sausage according to package directions; cut into slices. Cook rigatoni according to package directions; drain. In a large skillet, sauté the peppers, onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Stir in tomatoes and sausage. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with rigatoni. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Yields: 6 servings.

Ready in 35 minutes.

Make it fun: Let the kids choose what kind of pasta you make. Rigatoni is good, but pinwheels are also a great choice for kids!

What kind of pasta is your family’s favorite?

Try this recipe at home or share your own on the Recipe Swap! Make sure to snap photos of you and your family cooking in the kitchen with Johnsonville Italian Sausage. Upload photos at http://photos.shespeaks.com/publish. Check our Facebook Fan page and Twitter page using #SSRW to see if we’ve shouted you out!


(posted March 20, 2011)

Forks Up - It’s Recipe Week

Time to get cooking! It’s SheSpeaks Recipe Week! We hope you’re ready for a week filled with yummy eats and recipes to share. Every day we’ll be posting a new recipe for you to try with your family. Please try the recipes at home and take a picture before you serve it up!

Submit your photos to us using http://photos.shespeaks.com/publish. Get creative! (If the kids are helping you in the kitchen, we want to see them in the photos too.)

Have your own recipe ideas? Share with us what you are cooking on the Recipe Swap.


(posted March 14, 2011)

Let’s Start Cookin’!

Welcome to the Johnsonville Italian Sausage Program! We understand getting a great dinner on the table your family will truly appreciate isn’t always easy. Johnsonville Sausage will bring out the "thank yous" at your dinner table, with our selection of Italian Sausage.

Johnsonville has 4 types of Italian Sausage to Choose From:

  • Mild Italian Sausage Links - Authentic Italian flavor with the perfect blend of spices that’s sure to please! Available in links or ground variety.
  • Hot Italian Sausage Links - Made with crushed red pepper, Johnsonville Hot Italian Links are sure to make them stand up and take notice! Available in links or ground variety.
  • Sweet Italian Sausage Links - Italian flavor with fresh, sweet basil for a one-of-a-kind Italian taste! Available in links or ground variety.
  • Four Cheese Italian Sausage Links - The perfect blend of Mozzarella, Romano, Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses ramp up the flavor of Johnsonville Italian Sausage. Perfect in recipes or all by itself on a bun! Available in links or ground variety.

Use any of the above to turn pasta night into "Thank You Night." Your family might not say it out loud, but they’ll say "thank you" in their own way. A clean plate, a second serving or five extra minutes at the dinner table could be one of ways they show appreciation for your dish featuring Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

Which type of sausage is your favorite? How do your kids say thank you after dinner?


(posted March 2, 2011)

The Year was 1945

In 1945, Ralph F. and Alice Stayer opened a butcher shop and named it after their hometown - Johnsonville, Wisconsin. The sausage made in the Stayer’s butcher shop came from an old family recipe, which made its way down the family tree from 19th-Century Austria. This recipe became known as "the sausage with the BIG TASTE," and a legacy was born! During the 1950s, the Stayers answered the high demand for Johnsonville Sausage and expanded into nearby communities. In 1970, trucks took to the road and began delivering the BIG TASTE of Johnsonville Sausage to stores throughout Wisconsin.

Today, Johnsonville is the most popular brand of sausage in the U.S. and is available in about 30 additional countries. The company remains privately owned. Johnsonville has approximately 1,300 employees - referred to within the company as "members". To learn more about Johnsonville, visit www.Johnsonville.com.


(posted March 4, 2011)

Johnsonville Kit Delivery!

We’re excited to let you know your Johnsonville Italian Sausage kit is on the way! We understand how hard it is to find new recipes your family truly loves and are excited to provide some new ways to add flavor to your family’s meals!

Your kit includes

  • Three coupons for a free Johnsonville Italian Sausage
  • Five additional pass-along coupons to share with friends and family
  • Five recommended recipes that will help transform your regular pasta night into "thank you" night

How the Program Works:

  1. Discover - Use one of the coupons to pick up any Johnsonville Italian Sausage. Then, take it home and enjoy!
  2. Discuss- Join the conversation. Visit www.Shespeaks.com and share your thoughts about the product with other women in the community. Tell us about your experience buying, cooking and eating Johnsonville Italian Sausage.
  3. Upload - Share your inner chef. Then Upload videos at videos.shespeaks.com/publish and photos at photos.shespeaks.com/publish of your Johnsonville Italian Sausage recipe creations.
  4. Evaluate - Log in to SheSpeaks.com and give us your feedback in our online evaluation survey.
  5. Influence: Share Johnsonville Italian Sausage! Please share your pass-along coupons with friends and family. Don’t forget to also share on Facebook and Twitter! Please remember to use #SSJIS in your Tweets, or link to our SheSpeaks Facebook Fan page in your Facebook posts! Share your blog link with us by e-mailing it to blogteam@shespeaks.com. Let everyone know Johnsonville Italian Sausage is providing you with the opportunity to give your honest feedback about the product

Bon Appetit!