Charcutnuvo’s Hot Take on the Hot DogWhile the hot dog’s claim to fame may have been sparked by smoky street stands or baseball games, like many Americans, its roots are European. But just because hot dogs are celebrated by the red, white and blue does not mean that sausage has lost touch with its European side. Charcutnuvo lives and breathes the authentic culinary art of sausage making. Eric, Charcutnuvo’s CEO, is part of a long line of sausage makers. When his family came to the U.S., they brought the brats with them. For more than 50 years now, the family business has offered the highest quality sausages to anyone seeking flavor and freshness. Entertaining a small group? Grab a couple of 8oz or 10oz packages to satisfy your guests. Or if you are planning to cater to a serious crowd, go ahead and order a bundle or two of sausage. This way, you will be prepared to feed any hot dog fan that comes your way. By serving Charcutnuvo products at your National Hot Dog Day gathering, you can rest assured your attendees are getting flavor and freshness, without anything artificial. And while you can’t go wrong with a classic wiener, feel free to spice up this hot dog season with other kinds of sausages that speak to your taste buds.
"We were growing at about a 20 percent clip year-over-year, and we literally ran out of space to produce another pound of sausage," says Gutknecht. "As far as the rebranding, we were expanding nationally with Whole Foods, and we knew we had some potential trademark issues on both coasts."
As of 2019, retail and food service each represented half of sales. Then COVID-19 quashed food service in 2020. "Food service dropped off by 80 percent," says Gutknecht. "Retail got a nice spike, but it wasn't enough to make up for the food-service drop. It was hard."
Sales were down about 12 percent for the year as the company focused on its retail presence as it waited out closures capacity limits at restaurants, sporting venues, and other top food-service markets.
A new line of organic sausages lessened the blow. Charcutnuvo has added more than 300 new retail outlets since the organic launch in October 2020, says Gutknecht. "That pretty much saved our business during COVID," he notes. "Before the organic [launch], we were tracking down 25 to 30 percent."
"Organic was the next step in our progression," he continues. "It takes three to four years and a lot of work to get certified as organic -- in the meat business especially. There's not many of us that are certified."
Year-over-year sales were up 40 percent as of June. "We're going to have our best year ever by 20 percent -- maybe more," says Gutknecht.
"We're one of the few brands that make our own products," says Gutknecht. "Most of the brands we compete against use co-packers. Also, we're one of the few brands that only sources U.S. proteins for our organic line. Most [organic proteins] are coming from South America or Australia or Tanzania or wherever, but we do exclusively U.S., grass-fed, regenerative agriculture."
Other recent initiatives include the capability to make sausages without casings, which required new equipment. The company has invested more than $1.5 million in capital equipment in the last five years.
One catalyst: More people eating at home meant more people trying Charcutnuvo sausages.
"Usually once somebody tries our product, we establish a long-term relationship," says Gutknecht. "Costco is booming. We have a buffalo jalapeno cheddar [bratwurst] that's doing really well at Costo. Because that was doing so well, they added a 100 percent bison wiener, and that's doing really well."
The Charcutnuvo differentiator? "It's all about the taste, not the price," he says. "We do the highest quality we can possibly do."
Post-pandemic, food service "has come back stronger," he says. "Sadly, a lot of independent guys and food trucks went under, but it seems like some of our core guys are coming back pretty strong."
He works with exclusively domestic protein suppliers, and counts a number of Colorado-based vendors in the broader supply chain, which has been complicated by the organic line. Produce is often Colorado-grown, and spices are sourced via Rocky Mountain Spice Company.
Charcutnuvo products are available at retail in every state west of the Mississippi River, says Gutknecht. "We're doing really well in California," he says. "They have so many high-end retail markets."
Challenges: "It's people," says Gutknecht. "A lot of people are hanging out, collecting an unemployment check, and right now, with the housing market booming and construction market and landscaping booming, it's crazy. It's hard to find people."
He also says inflation is a concern and notes that ingredient prices are up 6 to 12 percent across the board in the last year. "Everything is going through the roof," says Gutknecht.
Opportunities: Every retail market east of the Mississippi River. Gutknecht says he sees the Northeast and New England as particularly fertile. "We're currently working on the East Coast, but we're not there yet," says Gutknecht. "Hopefully, we will be by the end of the year or sometime next year."
Needs: Employees. Gutknecht sees an increased amount of automation being part of the mix, citing a $200,000 investment in packaging equipment set to be installed by the end of the summer. "It's essentially going to increase our productivity by at least 50 percent," he says.
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- Your child’s lunch must be healthy…
- And it must taste good.
Here’s What Discerning Parents Know About School LunchesIf a packed lunch is going to pass a parent’s quality control test, it must offer protein, be made with fresh ingredients, and minimize processed foods. Remember, the foods that make their way into your child’s cafeteria are their source of fuel for the second half of their school day. This is exactly why artificial ingredients are a no-go. For your growing child to receive the nutrients they need to take their school day by storm, it's time to swap out the Uncrustables for a clean and lean meal… …that tastes oh-so good.
Preschool School Lunch Inspiration
Finger FoodsIf you are a parent of a preschooler, chances are you are no stranger to a picky eater. For the tots, you want food that is both finger friendly (no utensils needed) and easily pre-cut into bite-sized pieces. That way, your newly independent three-year old can pull their lunchbox from the classroom cubby and manage lunch on their own. Something as simple as pre-cooked Chicken Sausage chopped up, and paired with apple slices and pretzel sticks will get your preschooler excited about lunchtime. These lunches are mutually beneficial: letting your little one feel confident in their “big-kid’ ways, all while allowing you to feel good about the foods your child is enjoying mid-day.
Elementary School Lunch Secrets
Keep Them EatingThe elementary school lunchroom is one of the noisiest places on the planet. But why? Well, for elementary students, school lunch is a social gathering of smiles and laughs… and much less about the food on their plates. The reality of the elementary school cafeteria requires parents to pack lunches that will prompt their children to clean their plate, even once the giggles get going. In short, presentation matters. This is the very reason seasoned lunch packers love nothing more than a Bento box. This type of lunch features compartmentalized sections that will catch your child’s attention just long enough for them to get some bites in between words. And the spotlight of any Bento box is (you guessed it)… protein. An antibiotic-free, hormone-free pre-cooked sausage will give your elementary-aged kid the protein they need to keep moving. So next time you find yourself packing lunch for your little one, try a sliced, pre-cooked organic brat with a dipping mustard on the side to get their attention. They can pace their talking with their dipping…. … or at least we can hope.
Middle School Lunch Must-Dos
Catering to the Social HourJust thinking about middle school lunch hour brings back the pit in our now adult stomachs, doesn’t it? The insecurities about where to sit and with whom makes parents everywhere break a sweat. Though you can’t control the social dynamics of the middle school lunchroom, you can control what is packed in their lunches. And nothing says cool like organic meats and locally sourced ingredients, right? How about a novel ingredient like bison? Or spice content like jalapeño for bragging rights? It will give them something to talk about, and keep them reminded that packed lunch is a better bet than cafeteria food any day of the week. No sweet message on a sticky note needed. Your middle schooler will know just how much you care with every bite of a delicious (and nutritious) pre-cooked sausage. And let’s be real… the cool table serves organic protein. No doubt about that.
High School School Lunch Hacks
The Soon-To-Be FoodieHigh schoolers are an anomaly. Parents of teenagers, you know exactly what this means. Chances are your high school-aged child is not going to eat anything put in front of them. Maybe your junk food obsessed teenager is suddenly interested in more nutritious cuisine. Or maybe your athlete is looking for lean protein. Your outspoken activist is looking for humane treatment of livestock. Or your food critic is looking for quality flavor and texture. Who are these educated kids? And how do you pack an equally as sophisticated school lunch for them? One word: Charcutnuvo. We are confident in our school lunch support, for even the most particular of high school kids. Charcutnuvo will meet your thoughtful consumer’s emerging needs with the highest quality sausages on the market. So parents, it’s time to face it: the peanut butter and jelly days are gone. If you are looking to meet all of the requirements of your newly enlightened teen foodie, Charcutnuvo will help you score a win. Our broad selection of organic, hormone-free meat is exactly what you need.
Catering to the College “School Lunch”
Anything But the Dining HallIf your baby (who isn’t so much of a baby these days) has moved out of your home and onto a college campus, you may find yourself up at night wondering if everything is okay. Are they eating enough? Are they eating at all? And do you dare ask what they are eating?! Late night snacks and irregular eating patterns can throw anyone off kilter. So what’s a parent to do as they send their college student to live on their own? It’s simple. Make sure their fridge is stocked with pre-cooked organic sausages. It’s standard now for a dorm room to come with a mini-fridge and microwave. This is all your college kid needs to serve themselves a delicious, protein packed meal. Not sure what’s better than late night buttery popcorn and pizza? A Charcutnuvo sausage, heated and ready to go for any time of the day. Yes, technically it’s not lunchtime, but at least you are making sure your college kid’s ever-growing body is fueled and full. You’ve instilled good eating habits in your growing teen. It’s now time for them to take those practices with them. So make sure Charcutnuvo is on their dorm essentials list.
“2 Birds, One Stone” Kind of DinnerWhy yes, packing your child a delicious and nutritious lunch, no matter their age, is the goal. This requires a little more planning than serving them a Lunchables and a cheese stick. However, there are a few ways you can cut down the time spent on putting the lunch box together. And we like to call this the “2 Birds, One Stone Casserole”. Casserole… yes, you read that right. And while you may think 1985 called demanding their dinner back, this modern day casserole bends the rules just a bit. Featuring organic, hormone free, antibiotic free Chicken Sausage and an easy-as-pie cooking process, you can rest assured that this recipe isn’t your grandmother’s go-to. And as if it couldn’t get any better, this healthy casserole recipe makes for both a crowd-pleasing dinner and a flavorful school lunch for your kids on the following day. Now go ahead and turn the oven on.
Your Saving Grace This Back-to-School SeasonDiscerning parents are no stranger to Charcutnuvo’s quality contribution to school lunches. However, the science behind school lunches may get lost in the mix during back-to-school season. This time of year can be pure chaos for parents and kids alike. Classrooms replace summer camps, after school activities are back in session and homework has returned as the highlight of the evening. With all that and more on parents’ plates, packing a nutritious and delicious school lunch may very well be absent from the list of priorities. But it doesn’t have to be… Your saving grace this back-to-school season has 6 sides, Swiss roots and a savory stock of sausage that will change your child’s school lunch game for the better. You guessed it... it’s a Charcutnuvo bundle, and this month’s sampler is all about chicken sausage. Here’s what’s included:
Organic Chicken Spinach Sausage (2)Large chunks of spinach and small pieces of organic chives, combined with strong herbs and spices, makes this super lean, organic chicken sausage a popular choice for families. Fully cooked you can quickly get your proteins and greens in the same bite without GMOs, nitrates, nitrites, or sugar.
Organic Chicken Italian Sausage (2)Organic chicken combined with organic bell peppers and fennel give you the flavors of Rome. A hormone and antibiotic free chicken sausage perfect for pasta dishes, this super lean sausage gives you organic quality that you can build a meal around. Don’t underestimate the chicken sausage when making Italian cuisine. You will find yourself saying, ‘Molto bene!'
Organic Chicken Apple Sausage (1)A dash of sweetness from fresh organic apples creates a simple, yet flavorful lean chicken option for dinner. Made with organic chicken grown in the USA, this gluten free and pork free chicken sausage is a perfect quick snack or meal. Fully cooked so you can have an organic chicken sausage with a dash of sweet ready in minutes.
Chicken & Pheasant Sausage (1)Our delicate pheasant and chicken sausage is perfectly blended with spinach, mushrooms, and parmesan cheese for a gluten free bratwurst with no antibiotics, hormones, nitrites, or preservatives. A tasty alternative to the bland chicken sausage, this juicy ground sausage is sure to delight.
The School Lunch SynopsisWhile word on the street may be that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, at Charcutnuvo, we think a tad differently. Lunch keeps your child’s mind and body going as they head into busy afternoons of learning and after school activities. So no matter the age or stage of your child, Charcutnuvo is your trusted lunch box partner this back-to-school season. Our broad selection of healthy proteins are just what your child needs to stay focused, energized and flavorful satisfied. So forget the nitrites and nitrates, and instead stuff quality meat from trusted sources into that lunch box. It’s what we’re here for.
Baked Ziti with Italian Chicken Sausage Ingredients
- 8 oz. of ziti or penne pasta
- 2 packages of Charcutnuvo Italian Chicken Sausage
- 20 oz. of your favorite marinara sauce | divided
- 1 egg
- 8 oz. spinach chopped spinach | roughly chopped
- 15 oz. Ricotta cheese
- 8 oz. mozzarella cheese | divided
- 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 3 garlic cloves | minced
- Roughly chopped basil
- Red pepper flakes
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
Baked Ziti with Italian Chicken Sausage Instructions1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Add 6 cups of water to a large stock pot and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and pasta. Boil pasta just until al dente. Pasta will cook again in the oven, so do not over cook here. 2. While pasta is cooking, slice the Charcutnuvo Italian Chicken Sausage into medallions. Warm a large pan with 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken sausage and minced garlic, and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and add to a large bowl. 3. Next, roughly chop spinach and mix into the ricotta. 4. Add ricotta and spinach mixture, 6 oz. of mozzarella cheese, 10 oz. of marinara sauce, egg, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to the chicken sausage and garlic. Mix well. 5. Then, gently stir in the cooked noodles and spread into a large casserole dish. 6. Cover with the last 10oz of marinara sauce and sprinkle top with remaining mozzarella cheese. 7. Then, bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. For the last 1-2 minutes of baking, turn oven to broil to crisp the top of the casserole. Watch closely to make sure the casserole doesn’t burn. 8. Lastly, remove from the oven and top with roughly chopped basil. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then dig in and enjoy!
Mac 'N Cheese Sweet Potato Hot DogRecipe makes 4 hot dogs.
- 1 pack of Charcutnuvo Organic Mac N Cheese Furter
- 4 medium - large sweet potatoes
- 2 cups bacon bits
- 2 tbsp. sour cream
- 2 tbsp. fresh chives | diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Wash and pat dry sweet potatoes. Poke holes with a fork about 4-6 times, then cook in the microwave for 5-7 minutes or until slightly softened.
- Pan cook or grill Charcutnuvo Organic Mac N Cheese Furter according to instructions on the package.
- Next, slice each sweet potato vertically, cutting about halfway down.
- To wrap up, place 1 Organic Mac N Cheese Furter in each sweet potato bun. Then, garnish with sour cream, bacon bits, fresh chives, and salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Taco Hot DogRecipe makes 4 hot dogs.
- 1 pack of Charcutnuvo Uncured Bison Wieners
- 4 small flour tortillas
- 1 15oz can pinto beans
- 1 roma tomato | diced
- ½ white onion | diced
- ½ cup cotija cheese
- 2 tbsp. sour cream
- 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro | roughly chopped
- Your favorite hot sauce to taste
- First, add pinto beans into a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat until sizzling, then turn down to low heat to keep warm until serving.
- Warm about 1 tbsp. oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Slice each Charcutnuvo Uncured Bison Wiener vertically, cutting only ¾ the way down. Open each sliced sausage then place the open side down, flat, into the hot pan. Cook on each side for about 5 minutes.
- Next, warm a medium pan over medium-low heat then place each tortilla in the pan, one at a time. Warm for 1- 2 minutes each, flipping halfway through.
- Dice the onion, tomato, and cilantro.
- Lastly, place 1 Uncured Bison Wiener inside a soft taco shell, then top with onion, tomato, pinto beans, cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh cilantro, and hot sauce. Enjoy!
Lettuce Wrap Hot DogRecipe makes 4 hot dogs.
- 1 pack of Charcutnuvo Organic All Beef Franks
- 8 large romaine lettuce leaves
- ½ red pepper
- ½ green pepper
- ½ white onion
- 2 tsp olive oil
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp. sriracha hot sauce
- 1 tsp fresh lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- First, make the sriracha mayonnaise. Add ½ cup of all natural mayo to a small bowl. Mix in 1 tsp of sriracha, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Wash and pat dry all veggies, then slice half of each bell pepper and onion into 2 inch long slices. Next, warm olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, and add sliced veggies. Season veggies with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 7 minutes or until onions become translucent.
- Pan cook or grill Charcutnuvo Organic All Beef Franks according to instructions on the package.
- Lastly, create your lettuce wrap dog by layering romaine lettuce, organic beef franks, sautéed veggies, and drizzle sriracha aioli on top. Enjoy!
Nothing says long summer days like a fired up grill and the savory sizzle of hot dogs.If you are looking to put quality links in the bun without compromising the traditional flavors of the summer BBQ, Charcutnuvo has you covered. Gone are the days of ‘unhealthy hot dogs’ as your only option. Charcutnuvo’s antibiotic-free and hormone-free sausages allow you to enjoy this classic cuisine without worrying about what’s inside.
The History of the Hot DogDespite the hot dog’s strong Americana reputation, sausage started across the pond. As with all immigrant groups, the Germans brought along their traditions, language and food when they made their way to the states. In fact, rumor has it that sausage making became more widely practiced with the wave of German immigrants who arrived on U.S. shores in the 1800s. The story goes that many Germans sold “dachshund sausages” on the streets of New York in the 1860s. Referencing the long torso of what is most commonly called a wiener dog, it was only a matter of time until this handheld sausage earned the title “hot dog”. From there, hot dog stands sprung up on Coney Island and continued to spread around the country. They quickly became a baseball game favorite, with the sport and snack soon becoming inseparable. Today, the hot dog is widely viewed as an American staple. You can find savory sausages sold wherever crowds gather outside, along boardwalks, in sporting events, and throughout city centers. This tasty, American tradition is upheld by hot dog fans and sausage makers alike... … and Charcutnuvo is proud to be a piece of the puzzle.
Charcutnuvo’s Hot Take on the Hot DogWhile the hot dog’s claim to fame may have been sparked by smoky street stands or baseball games, like many Americans, its roots are European. But just because hot dogs are celebrated by the red, white and blue does not mean that sausage has lost touch with its European side. Charcutnuvo lives and breathes the authentic culinary art of sausage making. Eric, Charcutnuvo’s CEO, is part of a long line of sausage makers. When his family came to the U.S., they brought the brats with them. For more than 50 years now, the family business has offered the highest quality sausages to anyone seeking consciously-sourced, simply crafted meats.
National Hot Dog MonthWhy have a month dedicated to the hot dog? The real question is, why not? Warm weather, the excitement of outdoor gatherings and Independence day make July the perfect month to applaud the honorable hot dog. And what better way to celebrate than to throw some sausage on a grill… all month long? In need of an excuse to indulge? We have you covered.
- Protein is essential. Need we say more?
- When given the choice to order take out or grill out, go ahead and get the charcoal hot. There is no better way to BBQ than with a savory selection of dogs.
- Don’t just indulge… honestly indulge. Enjoy the nutritional benefits of quality, antibiotic-free and hormone free sausages that are consciously sourced and carefully crafted.
- Feeling nostalgic or wishing you were in the stands of a baseball game? Cook up a hot dog and reminisce the right way.
What Better Way to Celebrate than with a Hot Dog Sampler?Firing up Charcutnuvo products is the healthier way to celebrate National Hot Dog Month. We are featuring a hot dog sampler this month, so you can find your favorite dog for the grill. Here is what’s included:
- (2) Organic Uncured Beef Frankfurters
- (2) Uncured Bison Wieners
- (1) Organic Uncured Macaroni And Cheese Furter
- (1) Organic Mini Beef Franks
Gather Your PeopleSo now that you have a reason to call for a party and a primo selection of sausages to serve, it’s time to gather your people. You have the entire month of July to rally and ramp up your hot dog game. Here are just a few groups you may want to get together for a quality cookout this hot dog season:
- The swim team
- The baseball team
- Your church group
- A block party
- Your office team
- Your gym community
Hot Dogs Don’t Have to be BoringWhile you can’t go wrong with a traditional drizzle of ketchup and mustard, superior sausage is best complimented by a superior condiment station. Take your next grill out up a notch with the addition of a Gourmet Hot Dog Bar. A selection of savory sauces, fresh salsas, and sliced and diced toppings is sure to keep a crowd coming back for more.
July 21st, 2021: National Hot Dog DayHot dogs may have a month-long celebration, but their big day is the 21st of July. So make sure you’ve got the ketchup, mustard, and relish lined up because the dogs are begging to be fired up. Entertaining a small group? Grab a couple of 8oz or 10oz packages to satisfy your guests. Or if you are planning to cater to a serious crowd, go ahead and order a bundle or two of sausage. This way, you will be prepared to feed any hot dog fan that comes your way. By serving Charcutnuvo products at your National Hot Dog Day gathering, you can rest assured your attendees are getting flavor and freshness, without anything artificial. And while you can’t go wrong with a classic wiener, feel free to spice up this hot dog season with other kinds of sausages that speak to your taste buds.
July 29th, 2021: National Chili Dog DayYou may be thinking that National Hot Dog Day is for the faint of heart. That is not the case. The true hot dog connoisseurs are waiting for National Chili Dog Day on July 29th. And just like the dogs themselves, the ingredients your chili is made from makes a difference. Want to know the best way to piece together a preservative-free chili dog? Top it will chili that features nothing less than the highest quality meats. So start stirring up the chili (chili cookoff anyone?) and bring the hot dogs along. Don’t forget some chopped onion and grated cheese... because if you’re going for a chili dog, you might as well go all out. Don’t skimp on the sausage either. As the base of the chili dog, the sausage is still the pillar of the dish. So find the highest quality dog to stack your high quality chili on top of. You won’t be disappointed.
Healthy Hot Dogs (yes, you read that right)Can hot dogs really be healthy? We’ve all heard the stories about what’s in them, and many meat eaters have since vowed to stay away. However, this particular hot dog narrative is not here to stay. Charcutnuvo is in the game and quality is a guarantee. What you see is what you get (no surprise ingredients here), and the waves of satisfied customers stand by that. Whether you are celebrating a hot dog holiday or looking for a protein-packed lunch, you and those you cook for deserve wieners that are made from the highest quality ingredients. Believe it or not, hot dogs don’t have to be filled with preservatives. Nor do you have to feel guilty about savoring a sausage or two. Feeling good about the meat you eat is simple, and it starts with Charcutnuvo.
Outside DiningIt’s Summer of 2021 and we’re here for it! Though we’ve gotten creative in our al fresco dining experiences in the last year, the warm weather allows for outdoor dining experiences that feel a bit more “normal.” Backyards and pools are getting ready for some outside celebrations and we at Charcutnuvo are too. We want to help you have the healthiest, most delicious summer moments with your friends and families as we celebrate being together! Whether you’re sleeping under the stars or hitting the park volleyball tournament, we hope our organic and natural sausages will be on your menu.
Summer FunAs we head into the warmer months, let’s consider some of our familiar Summer activities that are back in business.
CampingSleeping under the stars. Feeling the fresh air on our faces. Nothing says Summer like spending a few nights out of doors. The campfire is a huge part of the camping experience. Stories, laughing, and of course cooking!! Whether you bring your own portagrill or go old school with hotdogs on sticks, Charcutnuvo matches the natural environment with all natural ingredients. If you’re looking for a fun recipe to bring to the fire pit, try our Sheet pan Jalapeno Cheddar Brats + Veggies. You can use a sheet pan or bring out the foil for an easy clean-up option. As you sit back and relax from a day of hiking or rafting you’ll get your veggies and your organic bratwurst with the added gritty flavor of the campfire. A crowd pleaser that’s both delicious and easy, hungry tummies will go to bed full after this hearty, flavorful meal.
BrunchSummer isn’t all about the soot of the campsite, sometimes you need a weekend spread that is perfect for brunch on the patio. Get out the linens, cut some flowers from the garden, and invite your friends over for weekend brunch! Every brunch menu needs some protein. Why not surprise your guests with the Chicken Italian Frittta? Made with Charcutnuvo’s Organic Chicken Italian Sausage, this egg frittata has roasted bell peppers, baby spinach, and feta to make an elegant menu centerpiece. Add some sliced fruit and a muffin selection and your brunch will not only present beautifully, it will be full of lean, organic protein. You can feel confident your guests will go home satisfied (and maybe even a little impressed) by your brunch spread. Celebrations The summer months offer many annual markers to celebrate. Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and Back to School events all pair beautifully with healthy, delicious sausages. Often days when we gather crowds of people we love, we can make sure we offer our guests the best selection of quality meats. Charcutnuvo has a sausage for every palette, so rotate a few through your summer meal plans and make sure you aren’t missing out on one of our tasty, organic sausage options. On Father’s Day the men in your life might appreciate a unique game sausage like the Smoked Pork and Bison Bratwurst made with grass fed bison. For Fourth of July, you can’t go wrong with the classic uncured frank found in our traditional Wieners. But who are we kidding? If a quality sausage is the perfect celebration food, isn’t a quality sausage wrapped in bacon that much better?! Try our Uncured Mini Franks Wrapped in Bacon if you want to put together a party spread people will remember. A Paleo-friendly crowd pleaser that is perfect for the buffet table. They’ll be so popular, the only issue will be if you’ll make enough.
PicnicsNothing says summer like the red and white checked table cloth, some lemonade, and a picnic table. A casual way to get everyone to meet up at the park and let the kids play or the dogs run for the frisbee, picnic food will certainly be a draw. The lovely thing about a picnic is that you can go uber casual or a bit gourmet. Regardless of your picnic vibe, incorporating Charcutnuvo’s natural meats into your menu will add flavor, texture, and protein without any added preservatives or antibiotics. It wouldn’t be fair to you if we didn’t recommend our signature potato salad recipe to your picnic menu must-do list. A twist on the classic picnic staple, the Potato Salad with Smoked Uncured BBQ Sausage + Pederson’s Bacon combines our Smoked Bacon Brat with BBQ Sauce with bacon from our friends over at Pederson’s Farms. With green onions, chives, dijon mustard, and baby potatoes, this falls into the foodie arena without requiring any special cooking skills. Serve it cold or at room temperature for a potato salad with solid protein.
GrillingThe weeknight staple to the summer meal plan, grilling keeps the heat outside so the cook can be part of the gathering. Fortunately all of our organic and natural sausages do great on the grill and make for an easy meal. Whether it’s the traditional hot dog in a bun or a gourmet sausage with some spice, there is something in Charcutnuvo’s selection for everyone. For an easy take on a classic, stock up on our Bratwurst With Pork and Veal and offer a condiment bar with all of the fixings. Ketchup, mustard, relish of course. But also grilled onions, fresh onions, jalapeños, and cheese. Nothing’s off limits when it comes to what can be added to our brats. What matters is that the grill master has enough sausage to feed the crowd. He or she must be ready to offer seconds because one person’s unique topping selection will inspire another to try a new tasty combination.
A Great Summer SamplerNo matter the outdoor activity, we at the Charcutnuvo family wish your family lots of healthy gatherings this summer. We know being outside is safe and healthy and our natural and organic sausages are the safe and healthy protein option for your crew. Our CEO Eric, has picked out his favorite combination of Charcutnuvo products for a sampler package you won’t want to miss. Aptly named Eric’s Favorite Set, the bundle has six delicious sausages to get you familiar with Charcutnuvo’s wide range of options. For only $55 the sampler includes: Organic Breakfast Links Bratwurst With Pork and Veal Smoked Pork and Bison Jalapeño Cheddar Brats Organic Chicken Italian Sausage Smoked Pork and Bison Bratwurst Wild Boar Sausage Consider Eric’s Favorite Set as our insider suggestions on where to start. Once you find a product you like, you try others in the same family.
Let’s Get Cooking!Now that we’ve given you our best recipes for your outdoor get togethers, you can pick a date (maybe even tonight), gather your people (5 or 50, it doesn’t matter), and decide what your activity will be. Regardless of the setting, we know al fresco dining with hormone free, antibiotic free meats will add flavor to your fun without sacrificing your health. We’d love to see how you are using Charcutnuvo products to celebrate your summer. Tag us in your photos @charcut.nuvo and use the hashtag #charcutnuvo so we can get inspired for some new recipes. Here’s to good food, good friends, and being together. May this be a summer when we recognize how fortunate we are for health and the food on our plates reflects this value of healthy living.
- 45,262 steps
- 8399 calories
- 1:46 per 100 meters on the swim
- 206 watts average on the bike
- 95 mph bike average
- 8:12 minutes per mile on the run
- And Garmin said I was unproductive…. ha
- Mix carrots, radish, and jalapeno well with fresh lime juice from half a lime.
- Mix 1 cup mayo with 1 tbsp sriracha. Mix in salt and lime juice to taste.
- 2 cups diced pineapple
- 2 cups diced mango
- 1 cup red pepper
- 3 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
- ¼ cup lime juice
- Mix well with salt and pepper to taste