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Blanket Buds

Besides being incredibly tasty and hand-made with love by our surly team of smokers, our Bison Buddies are versatile. You can eat them on their own, pair them with your favorite spicy mustard or use them as a non-mysterious hot dog meat alternative. But, if you have 9-12 minutes and you want to make some extra special buttery, flaky snacks, we suggest: Blanket Buds. You only need two ingredients plus what ever adventurous dipping sauce you prefer.

Ingredients

Pillsbury™ Butter Flake Crescent Dinner Rolls

A six pack of Bison Buddies

Instructions

Pre-heat your oven and cut your Bison Buddies into smaller pieces. After prepping your buds, you’re going to follow the Pillsbury™ instructions word-for-word with an additional and easy step of cutting the pre-indented dough into smaller triangles.  Number of buds = number of triangles you’ll need. Six buds should yield around 20 +/- Blanket Buds. It’s up to your math.

Bake the buds and share with friends!

FOR AN EXTRA CHALLENGE:

Add cheese. You won’t regret it. Add the cheese.

 

 

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Pigs in Space

Terms & Conditions:

Offer valid for free shipping on orders of $125 or more using the coupon code: pigsinspace online.
Free shipping applies to regular priced items only.
Offer valid for twenty-four hours only on November 27th, 2017 and expires at 11:59pm.
Online customers must use the code “pigsinspace” to receive this discount.

Exclusions:

Offer not valid on discounted items.
Offer is limited to stock on hand; offer is nontransferable and is not redeemable for cash.
May not be combined with any other discount or offer. Limit one coupon per customer per order.

Questions? Contact us a Smokehauser at mailorder@nwsmokehaus.com or call us (218) 724-7307

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5 Things- Volume 12

We are nearing the end of the year, we are dusting off our ugly Christmas sweaters and we are making spare room for all of the seconds, thirds and fourths we will be having at our family gatherings. But before we reach that magical time of the year, we’re keeping our dancing shoes on and we will continue to party and enjoy the amazing camaraderie that exists and the Smokehaus.

So with that said, let’s cue the Adventure Time theme song (it’s okay if you don’t know it you can sing along).
“Adventure Time,
C’mon grab your friends,
We’re going to very distant lands.
With Jake [the smoker] and
Finn [the sandwich],
The fun will never end,
It’s Adventure Time!” 

This week was full of adventure:
1- THE FLOOD

At 6:30AM on Friday our basement started flooding. Water was flowing in from every crack it could find but our wonderful crew hiked up there pants, changed their plans and grabbed a squeegee. Friday felt like the scene in Hercules where he cuts the dragon’s head off and three heads grow back. Shouts to our wonderful team for stepping in and helping us stay afloat!

 

This week was also full of spoooooky tiiiimess:

2-Rocky Horror Red Mountain ft Chelsy from Vikre!

Our friend Steve Sola is letting us use this video that he took of a local favorite band in Duluth, Red Mountain. Our delivery-daredevil and basement-badass Jeremy Ehlert SLAYS guitar in this band. You can’t see him but you can hear him shred. (We love you, Jeremy!)

Not pictured but also important to mention: Ned’s band Alamode & Jacob’s band the Social Disaster also played on Halloween night at the Rex Bar. Did we mention they were all born on October 11st!? 

 

Have you hugged a carnivore this week?
3- Halloween in the shop 

Harrison Cross is the man of many costumes. He’s known for killer dance moves, exceptional puns, and going all out on Holiday extravaganza. This year he really raised the bar on his costume game and expressed his carnivore lifestyle more visually and larger than life. We also had a visitor from the New Yorker giving us advice on what kind of beans to purchase for our Chemex (Thanks, Cam)!

This week was full of cute liver caskets!

4- Are you a be-liver? 

Extra! Extra! Find these in the Grab-n-Go in our Deli soon! We will be packaging these cuties up and selling them 1/3 lb for your party convenience. Country Paté lovers unite!

And every week we’re all about Awesome Burgers

5- Can you say onion rings? 

The Restaurant does burger Mondays and this weeks special burger looked like a dang good time. Stop in next Monday to see what chef James cooked up for ya!

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Andouille Stuffing Recipe

Kick the heat just a notch up with adding some Andouille to your super secret family recipe or maybe try ours out this Holiday Season.

Andouille Stuffing Recipe

  • 1 lb Andouille Sausage, diced
  • 3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter plus more for baking dish
  • 1 lb of good-quality day-old white bread, rye bread, cornbread, or a mix, torn into 1″ pieces (about 10 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups of fine-diced shallot
  • 1 1/2 cups 1/4″ medium-dice celery, with leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 T chopped fresh sage
  • 1 T chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 T chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 ts salt
  • 1 ts freshly ground pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups broth of your choice, divided
  • 2 large eggs

 

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 250F. Butter a 13x9x2 inch baking fish and set aside. Scatter bread(s) in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, until dried out, about 1 hour. Let cool; transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, melt 3/4 cup butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; sauté Andouille until browned and crisped and remove from heat.
  3. In the same pan, throw shallots and celery. Sauté until golden, about 10 minutes. Add to bowl with bread; stir in herbs, salt, and pepper.Pour in 1 1/4 cups broth and toss. Let cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk 1 1/4 cups broth and eggs in a small bowl. Add to bread mixture; fold gently until thoroughly combined. Transfer to prepared dish, cover with foil, and bake about 40 minutes.
  5. Bake dressing, uncovered, until set and top is browned and crisp, 40-45 minutes longer (if chilled, add 10-15 minutes).

 

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5 Things- Vol. 11

HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN!

We hope you’re also listening to Werewolf Bar Mitzvah over and over again. If not… maybe you should start??

5 Things: Here We Go

 

1- It’s test time!

We sent out several of our Delivery, Catering and Mail Order and Deli manager(s) to get their Serve Safe Certification on Monday, October 23rd. Here are some highlights from Dungeon-Master and Iron Man, Harry-boi.

Food Safety Class Hour One:
Things I’ve Learned:
-Jeff, our instructor, could shoot a wing off a jet in an A-10 Warthog.
-Allergies are more common now because we’re “…not eating enough boogers”.
-Scrapbooking is for “gals”.

Hmmm… We do not suggest boogers as a source of protein. But to each their own? (read: ew).

2-Purchasing

Mamma Kath is teaching Deli Manager TK how to be the master of inventory. Every week we receive orders from many local and regional vendors. It takes a great finesse and extraordinary organizational skills to keep all departments orders on track. Orders come in, they are put away, laughs are shared with our great delivery drivers and snacks are had.

Shout out to Jodi from Classic Provisions for being the kindest delivery driver ever. 

3- Mail Order Meat Madness

Once the Holidays season begins it’s pretty hard to stay ahead of the game without feeling a little frantic. So we start getting ready earlier in the year in order to be able to send out our 2,000 boxes around Thanksgiving and Christmas season. This week we sliced 63 lb of Turkey, 49 lb of Andouille, 46 lb of Pancetta and 74 lb of Pork Loin!!!!

4- NEW STICKERS!!!

After probably 10+ years of having our oval stickers we upgraded to these sharp circle cuties! Thanks, Stephen!

5- LOOK MORTY

While our oval stickers where in absence, we used a lot of different stickers to keep your fish, meats, salumi and sandwiches from escaping the butcher paper. It was a busy and confusing summer. Cajun Finns were getting marked “German Brats”, “Italian Style” and/or “Whitefish Sausage” and many other items were also (for a bit) mislabeled. So after dealing with weeks and weeks of back and forth emailing with our sticker vendor, we ordered some “just in case” green circles from Uline.
Oh the fun that has been had with these simple and amazing vessels for creativity. Let’s just say someone around the Smokehaus has been drawing Ricks (from the Adult Swim Show Rick & Morty) all over the place.  We hope some of you enjoy the “LOOK MORTY I TURNED MYSELF INTO A DOOR”. 

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5 Things Volume 4

Volume 4

The backpack kids are back in town. School is back in session and with a new season comes its ups and downs.

  1. Our co-workers have less time for us! Some of our really hilarious and youthful souls are back in the world of academia. Study hard: Cedar, Asher, Keira, Jake, Cy, Cal, Ian, Kjell, Lucy and Thomas. On a very, very exciting note- Penti (our summer spunky basement daredevil) is studying abroad in India and we wish him all the luck and encouragement on his grand adventure overseas.

Pictured above is the Mr. Deli Manager TK — not going back to school — who’s been keeping his nose in books while researching more and more about fermentation but that’s for another 5 things.

 

2. We have been joined by a local jean-vest-wearing-rockstar Jacob. When he’s not slaying sandwiches, Jacob’s a multi-media working artist in Duluth. He makes short films, shoots video and plays in several bands in town. Welcome to the island of food weirdos!

Ok… So if you add the look, the knife and the t-shirt… You might get the wrong impression of him. He’s actually an incredible sweetheart. We just wanted him to be fierce for the internet. 

 

3. Earlier this summer our assistant manager JT (read: Coach) took a leap of faith and moved across the country to Montana. We were heartbroken to lose him as he brought in a stellar sense of humor to the workplace, but we knew that he had a different scenery calling his name. So since we’re in the middle of testing our new sandwich kit, we sent JT the first four person Cajun Finn Kit! Reports say it arrived safely and made for a sentimental meal with a piece of home. We miss you, JT!!!

This could be you. Stay tuned as we will announce the Cajun Finn Kit this fall!!

 

Barn dinner. Barn dinner. Barn dinner. Those two words have been on everyone’s mind for the last month here at the Smokehaus! So we are happy that tomorrow is finally the day that we will be sharing and making a wonderful experience with 50 guests and co-workers. Eric Goerdt sure knows how to throw a damn party!

4. Stephen and Mary made Mozzarella from scratch for our antipasto platters that we are serving at “Boot in the Barn” this Saturday at Hemlock Preserve. To make Mozzarella you have to bring up your curd mixture to 105 F. There was talk about double gloves, hot hands and other phrases that confirms that love and labor went into the making of the Mozzarella. 

 

5. Three large Porchettas will be smoked, roasted and fire licked as the main event for our “Boot in the Barn” dinner. This week Eric and TK rolled Berkshire pork loin and bellies together. Each Porchetta was massaged and slathered with white wine, lemon, rosemary, sage, garlic and olive oil and will be cooked until tender-perfection. Each Porchetta weighs about 20 lbs!!!! That’s a lot of mouth-watering Berkshire pork.

 

Excuse our raw image, processing isn’t always glamorous but the outcomes are worth the mess. 
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Spring Pasta with Smoked Salmon Recipe

What could be more appropriate to the weather tug-of-war that is Springtime in Duluth, MN than an ample plate of pasta festooned with smoked salmon?  Recently, while filtering through an inbox of email nonsense (due Friday? How about next Monday?) a thrilling word was on a subject line: *( and Rosé) – and we knew a new smoked salmon recipe was in order.

Humans, we made it through another winter. There’s something in the air — maybe it’s the sudden sunlight and early storms? Maybe it’s the oomph in people’s steps? Let’s just say we are starting to dream about Rosé.

Whatever your reason might be, we are eager to sip, cook with friends and relax.

The cocktail recipe inspired us to make something light and citrusy. We paired our favorite Haus-smoked salmon with an affordable, fresh and fruity Rosé (we substituted  a bottle of sparkling Rosé for La Vieille Ferme 2015 ).
* If you don’t have a bottle of St. Germain liqueur just laying around in your house, the chilled Rosé is still quite the treat.

However, that liquor is like liquid gold. Use it today, use it tomorrow, use it forever.

 

Ingredients

½ lb Smoked Alaskan sockeye salmon, cubed

1/2 Shallot, diced

4 Cloves of garlic, diced

1 T Cracked black pepper

1/2 Lemon, zested and juiced

1 C Fresh parsley, chopped

10 Asparagus stalks

228 g (two servings worth) Dry angel hair pasta

Canola oil or olive oil for cooking

Salt to taste

3 T Butter  

4 T (¼ cup) of White wine (Sauvignon Blanc works great. It’s light, dry, herbal & floral, which will create a nice dimension).

 

Directions –

After getting your mise en place all ready (aka prepping your ingredients), get  salted water boiling and cook pasta al dente, strain, toss in 1 T (or so – enough to prevent sticking) olive oil. Save 2 Tablespoons of pasta water –  the gluten will be useful for the sauce.

Heat 1 T of oil and 1 T of butter over medium-high heat. Lightly salt and cook the asparagus until they are nearly tender, 4-5 minutes. Remove the asparagus and set them aside for later. We want the asparagus to be a little undercooked here because we will be adding them back in later.

If the pan seems dry, add a little bit of olive oil to the same pan and sweat shallots over medium heat until they are nearly translucent. Add another 1 T of butter and add the garlic and salmon. Cook, stirring, for a few minutes to combine flavors.

Add  wine and the pasta water you saved. Add the rest of your ingredients (black pepper, lemon zest and juice). Toss in the asparagus and add another tablespoon of butter. Let your ingredients simmer for about 5-7 minutes until the sauce reduces and becomes slightly thickened and reduced.


Toss in the pasta and add the fresh parsley. Mix and serve!

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Northern Bagel Sandwich Kit

Some food bites transport you.

 

Creamy whipped scallion cream cheese, perfectly smoked, flakey Traditional Salmon and a golden (with a slight hint of sweetness) Lake Superior Bakehouse Bagel.

Can you remember the anticipation while waiting in line?

Can you remember the list of to-dos and must-sees while visiting the western tip of Lake Superior?

Do you remember avoiding making eye contact with the Seagulls (or lake birds)?

 

 

This May, we will help transport you to the unsalted sea. You can bring a friend along and share a Northern Bagel anywhere in the United States.
No luggage required. 

Coming Soon

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Scotch Eggs with Maple Breakfast Sausage

Come visit us at our Canal Park Storefront in Duluth, MN to purchase the Maple Breakfast Sausage.

This recipe uses one whole bag of Maple Breakfast Sausage (weight varies per each bag but you will use about 8-10 sausages).

Ingredients

6 eggs

1 lb of Smokehaus Maple Breakfast Sausage

1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)*

*You can substitute cayenne for 1 tbsp of fine diced spicy fresh pepper of your choice.

4 green onions, fine minced

2 cups high-temperature oil, such as peanut or rapeseed, if frying

2 eggs, whisked

½ cupflour

½ cup Panko bread crumbs

½ cup water


Utensils

4 bowls
Paper towels

Plastic wrap

Cutting board

Thermometer for oil temp

Large frying pan/cast iron skillet / or a baking sheet

DIRECTIONS
If you’re a visual learner: we recommend the following video for additional information and a visual guide on how-to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkPPn5ycsnc

Boil 6 eggs for 6 minutes (runny yolk)6 ½ minutes (for partially runny yolk), or 7 minutes (not so runny). Cool down those eggs to stop them cooking  by placing them inlace iced water for 5 minutes.. Gently peel your eggs (the less you cook them, the trickier it will be to peel them) and dry them with a paper towel.

Take sausage out of their casings and add the green onions and cayenne pepper. Lightly mix until just combined and raw sausage is malleable (beware of over-mixing, this will lead to tough sausage!). 

Get the oil ready for frying, have it reach a 350F temperature.

Pre-heat your oven  to 400 F**

if you’d rather bake the eggs. to 400 F**

Get your stations ready:

Plastic wrap your cutting board and tape one side of the plastic to the bottom of the cutting board (this will help keep it in place while you spread out the raw sausage).

Place remaining ingredients in separate bowls.

Make sure you dry your eggs before placing them on the flat raw sausage.

Scoop out a 2 inch ball of sausage, spread with wet fingers and then use the non-taped side of the saran wrap to finish spreading out the mixture. You’ll need enough of a diameter to cover the egg evenly.

Place your dry egg in the middle of the mixture, wet your fingers and slowly join all edges of the sausage to close up any gaps.

Coat the egg in flour then the whisked eggs and finally in panko bread crumbs.

Slowly place your egg in the fryer. Fry for 5 minutes. If you boiled the eggs the night before allow for an extra minute of boiling.

Allow the eggs to cool down and then slice, serve and enjoy!

BAKING

** For baking, place all coated eggs in a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes until golden.

Allow the eggs to cool down and then slice, serve and enjoy!

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Eggs Three-Way (or this is not a pipe)

Each of the following recipes are good for 6 eggs, or a dozen deviled eggs.

 

Smoked Lake Superior Lake Trout

Ingredients

⅓ lb Lake Superior Smoked Trout

½ Lemon juice (if not juicy, use the whole lemon)

2 tsp Minced chives*

3 tbsp Mayo

½ tbsp Dijon Mustard

Black pepper to taste

*leave a bit for decoration


Smoked Salmon with Black Pepper and Coriander

Ingredients

⅓ lb Smoked Salmon with Black Pepper and Coriander

2 tbsp Medium-minced red onion

2 tbsp Medium-minced parsley

¼ cup Sour Cream

Black pepper to taste

If you have some scallions around, slice a bit for decoration.

 

Spanish- Style Dry-Cured Chorizo

Ingredients

¼ cup or 3 Tblsp Pan fried thinly matchstick sliced chorizo*

¼ cup tbsp Mayo

2 tbsp Dijon Mustard

*Leave a little for decoration.

 

Directions:

Boiling the eggs-

Add the eggs in a single layer, cover with cold water, bring to a boil, then shut the heat off for 12 minutes, the eggs will be perfectly cooked. Add a splash of vinegar to stave off runaway egg whites if there is crackage.

Once timer goes off, place your eggs in a bowl with water and ice to stop the eggs from further cooking.
Peel your eggs once they are cold.

When slicing your eggs, keep a wet kitchen towel by you and clean your knife in between each egg.

 

Making the filling-

A lot of this will be left to preference. Do you liked your deviled eggs with a little bit more texture? Then don’t use a food processor to mix your ingredients. Use a spatula and mix back and forth until you can’t find big chunks of yolks in your mixture. Mix ‘til preferred smoothness.

If you’re using a food processor, combine the yolks, and the rest of your ingredients and process until the mixture is to your smooth preference. Scrape the bowl as necessary.

 

To pipe or not to pipe?

Depending on your mood or who you’re sharing the eggs with, you might just want to use two spoons to place the mixture in the white egg halves. If you wanna pipe, pipe away, baby! Make a sweet swirl and decorate your eggs with chives, scallions or fresh cracked pepper.