Entertaining Made Easy: Johnsonville Sausage Cheese Log Recipe

We may be at the end of entertaining for a while but I still have to share this recipe. This recipe is so easy to make and you can personalize it and make it your own with no trouble at all. I used only four ingredients and the main was was pre-cooked. I used Johnsonville Classic Italian Meatballs.




Sausage Cheese Log Recipe


10 defrosted Johnsonville® Classic Italian, Three-Cheese Italian or Homestyle Meatballs (or more if you prefer it to be meatier)

1 8 ounce package of cream cheese (softened)

1/4 of a red bell pepper chopped up

4 sheets of phyllo dough

Cooking spray


Heat the oven to 425 and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray

Chop up the meatballs into smaller pieces and put in a large bowl

Place the cream cheese and red peppers in the bowl and stir until well mixed

Spray the top of a sheet of phyllo dough and then place another sheet on top of it and spray that one. Repeat two more times

Then add half of the cream cheese mixture two inches from the edge along the edge

Fold over both ends of the log and then roll tightly

Cook for 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown on top let cool and serve



You don’t have to be an accomplished chef to host a memorable gathering. With these quick and easy  entertaining recipes, you’ll enjoy time with friends and family without spending endless hours in the kitchen.

Keep your party simple by serving appetizers that encourage your guests to mix and mingle.

  • Sausage Balls: Give your guests a delicious surprise by using Italian sausage in your favorite meatball recipe. The flavors are already locked in the sausage, saving you time.


· Summer Sausage Smore’s: Impress your guests and keep them coming back for more with these summer sausage smore’s.


· Party Meatballs: Get the party started with these delicious meatballs. Both savory and sweet, these are sure to be a holiday hit.


We received samples.

The Sausage Swap: Sausage Tacos Recipe

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October has come and gone and the weather is getting colder, which means it’s time for homemade hot meals. From lasagna to spaghetti to chili, warm dishes are a go-to fall comfort favorite. I’ve been cooking soups and pasta dishes left and right. Just last week I made a Pasta dish with a Pumpkin Sausage sauce that was amazing.  Sausage, that’s right, you can amp up classic recipes traditionally made with ground beef by switching to sausage. And we like to use Johnsonville’s Ground Italian Sausage.

Johnsonville’s Ground Italian Sausage is all natural and come in Mild, Hot and Sweet IMG_2192


I love Mexican food and to me that is my go to dish. I can eat tacos, burritos and enchiladas any time of year. So I chose to swap out hamburger meat for sausage in my tacos and to me it was love at first site.

Sausage Tacos Recipe:


1 lb. Mild Johnsonville ground sausage
1 package McCormick’s Cheesy Taco Mix
Chopped Lettuce
Black Olives
Shredded Cheddar Cheese


Brown the sausage

Add the McCormick’s Cheesy Taco Mix and follow the directions on the package

Then serve up your tacos as you would any night.

Johnsonville Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage Fried Potato Cakes Recipe & Morning Time Saving Tip #Johnsonville #MorningHacks

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Johnsonville has released a new product that is ready in 30 seconds. Johnsonville’s NEW Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage Links.  Available nationwide in September, the new fully cooked links are to take the mayhem out of mornings and give families an easy way to have a hot, high protein breakfast to keep them full all morning and they sent us some samples to create a recipe with. You’ll find the recipe at the bottom of the page.

sausage potato cakes

Ready to eat in 30 seconds, Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage is available in three varieties: Original Recipe, Vermont Maple Syrup and Turkey (70% less fat). To launch the new product, Johnsonville is teaming up with Elisa All, parenting expert and founder of 30 Second Mom and hosting a Pinterest sweepstakes where you can win a month of free groceries and other prize packs from Johnsonville. The idea of the game is to visit the Johnsonville Pinterest page starting Monday 8/25  and allow users 30 seconds to pin as many time saving hacks as they can to their own Pinterest boards. After 30 seconds, the page will automatically advance and prompt the users to enter their contact information for the chance to win prizes!

Johnsonville asked me to create a hack to save time for back to school and pin it to their pin board. My kids and I save time by putting outfits together as we are folding the laundry. This helps my son because he easily gets distracted by his toys in the morning. This way his outfits is all picked out. He puts it on and then still has time to play and doesn’t get in trouble with mom.

Johnsonville Hack photo: Create Outfits as you are doing laundry to save time on busy mornings trying to get the kids out the door. #Johnsonville #MorningHacks

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Johnsonville Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage Fried Potato Cakes Recipe


  • 1 package Johnsonville Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage
  • 3 -4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. 1 Boil potatoes in water to cover for 10 minutes.

  2. 2 Drain and mash with butter and sour cream.

  3. 3 Add the the rest of the ingredients except flour ingredients.

  4. 4 Make patties and dust with the flour.

  5. 5 Fry in oil until crusty and brown on both sides.

Cocktail Fried Eggs & Johnsonville Cranberry Sauce Meatballs Recipe

Again, I was challenged by Johnsonville to come up with a recipe with specific ingredients. Now this time, I went an easy direction combining two different things I like. Here’s the challenge:

Johnsonville Secret Ingredient #4

· With the holidays just around the corner, we challenge you to create a holiday party worthy dish using Johnsonville meatballs, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce and Heinz Chili Sauce. You can create your dish in a slower cooker or over the stove for a quick appetizer for unexpected company.

This is what I created, it’s Cocktail Fried Eggs & Johnsonville Cranberry Sauce Meatballs.


Cocktail Fried Eggs & Johnsonville Cranberry Sauce Meatballs

Ingredients (for one serving):

Two Eggs
Four Meatballs
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 Tablespoons Cocktail Sauce


Prepare the meatballs ahead of time. In a slow cooker combine a 2 cans of cranberry sauce and 20 Johnsonville meatballs on low heat for 4 hours.

Heat a skillet up over medium heat with oil in it

Crack two eggs making sure the yolks don’t break over the heat

Add all the seasonings on top of the eggs including cocktail sauce

Then gently flip the egg without breaking the yolk


The Ultimate Party Meatballs Recipe & Our Cornbread Rendition Of It

It’s fall and football season and the holidays are right around the corner and that means it’s time for parties and entertaining. But, party planning can be almost as stressful as it is fun.  Therefore, Heinz, Johnsonville and Ocean Spray have teamed up for the Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe. This delicious and versatile dish is a simple go-to recipe for entertaining! And I love semi-homemade.


Photo Credit Johnsonville Kitchens

With a tangy, sweet sauce that is sure to impress, the Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe makes a perfect appetizer or even a main course.  Ultimate Party Meatballs uses just three ingredients that are easy to keep on hand – one jar of Heinz® Chili Sauce, a bag of Johnsonville® Classic Italian Meatballs and one can of Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce.  Three ingredients = total tastiness!  The recipe can easily be prepared on the stove top or in your slow cooker. IMG_9181

I’ve had some issues finding the Ultimate Party Meatballs in my area. They are a new product and we seem to take our time in our grocery stores when it comes to getting new products. So I used some Johnsonville Sausage and combined it with the Heinz Chili Sauce and browned the sausage. Then I decided that I was going to make a cornbread with the Sausage, Cranberries and the cornbread mix went over the sausage and cornbread and I baked it in the oven.

The kids and I liked it a lot.


Johnsonville Sausage Apple Compote Recipe

Johnsonville sent me some product samples and a gift card to create a recipe using another secret ingredient tortillas. I love eating sausage and decided that I would add some apples. I did some research and found a recipe that used Granny Smith apples.

Sausage Apple Compote

Johnsonville Sausage Apple Compote Recipe


1 package Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage
3 granny smith apples peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons crushed cloves
1 Tablespoon butter
1/4 cup water


Heat up the butter and brown the sausage

Add the apples and cook until soft add 1/4 cup water and the cloves

Johnsonville Maple Sausage Potato Flake Muffins Recipe

I’m working with Johnsonville again creating another recipe. They sent me some coupons and asked me to create a great breakfast recipe. They also sent me a muffin tin which inspired me to make some breakfast muffins for the family. I had to cook the pound of sausage and put it in the muffin mix but I wanted to make home made muffins and I wanted them to be different. I knew I could use some potato flakes as flour and this is what I came up with.


Johnsonville Maple Sausage Potato Flake Muffins Recipe


1 lb. Johnsonville Maple breakfast sausage
1 cup flour
1 cup potato flakes
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons Mexican Blend Cheese
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons melted butter


Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F). Place 10 muffin cups in a tin. In a mixing bowl pour in flour, potato flakes, sugar, baking powder, salt, 2 tablespoons of Mexican blend cheese,  Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Now, crack in egg, add milk and oil. Mix until egg is thoroughly broken up and the entire batter is moist.

Fill muffin cups about 2/3rds full. Put in oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The tops should be a light golden brown. But wait! There are still a few ingredients remaining.

Let the muffins cool for a minute or so. Then brush butter on the top of each muffin. Sprinkle a bit of potato flake, and some extra Mexican blend cheese over the melted butter. Place muffins in bread basket and serve

Rice Noodle Sausage Veggie Salad Recipe

To fully disclose, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate NAKANO Rice Vinegars into recipes and I found this recipe in the All You July Magazine but I adapted it quite a bit. I was compensated for my time and ingredients but you know a mother does have to cook for her family. Now, I also had a campaign with Johnsonville, they asked me to create a recipe using two specific ingredients and the rest were up to me, so it fit in perfectly with this recipe. The secret ingredients for the recipe challenge are Johnsonville Premium Smoked or Cooked Sausage and peppers, I chose red peppers. Combining all of these things, this is my Rice Noodle Sausage Veggie Salad Recipe.



Rice Noodle Sausage Veggie Salad Recipe


1 LB Johnsonville Premium Smoked or Cooked Sausage
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 TBSP lime juice
2 TSP sesame oil
1 TBSP NAKANO Red Pepper Rice Vinegar
1 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP ginger
2 TBSP garlic
Optional spice (1 tsp hot chili sauce)

8 oz. rice noodles
3 Carrots shredded
1 Red Bell Pepper thinly sliced
6 ounces stir fry veggies
2 TBSP Sesame Seeds
Spinach (as much as desired)


Cut the sausage down the middle then cut into cubes

In a bowl whisk together soy sauce, lime juice, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, garlic, ginger and the chili sauce if you choose to use it. We did not use it.

Start Stir frying the red peppers for about five minutes, then add the rest of the stir fry Veggies. Use the sauce you created to as needed as part of the stir fry.

Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the noodles until just softened about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain the noodles and rinse under cold water

Combine the noodles and the sausage until warm and then serve.

Three Cheese Sausage Fresh Mozzarella Pizza Recipe

Last Sunday I was so sick. I was so sick that when I had to get up and walk to the door I got sick before even making it to the door. Luckily, it was my friend at the door and she took my daughter with her. I spent the rest of the day sleeping and wishing I would feel better. My husband picked up my daughter and my amazing friend also gave us something to eat. She made some home made pizza dough and made enough to give to us. My husband split the dough and made one pizza that night. Tonight, I actually felt like cooking and used the other half of the dough and I made this amazing three Cheese Sausage Fresh Mozzarella Pizza.


Three Cheese Sausage Fresh Mozzarella Pizza


One Johnsonville Three Cheese Sausage Link
12 Cherry tomatoes
1 can of sliced black olives (drained)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 package of Fresh Mozzarella
2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 Pizza Dough


Roll out the pizza dough and set the oven to 350 degrees

Place the rolled out dough in a pizza pan

Spread out the olive oil on top of the crust, then sprinkle with seasonings

Cut up the cherries in half place on the pizza

Sprinkle the black olives on top of the pizza

Cut up the Mozzarella into slices

Bake for 20 – 30 minutes


And then enjoy!

Johnsonville Secret Ingredient Recipe: Chicken Sausage & Rice Stir Fry Recipe

From time to time I work with Johnsonville and they provide me with coupons to buy sausage with. This month they also provided me with coupons for a secret ingredient. I had to use Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice so I picked up a bag of the Long Grain & Wild Rice. Then using Johnsonville Chicken Sausage I created Sausage & Rice Stir Fry.


Sausage & Rice Stir Fry Recipe


Johnsonville Chicken Sausage Three Cheese
1 bag of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice (Long Grain and Wild Rice)
2 Zucchini (chopped)
1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
.75 LB of red potatoes (cubed)
1 Tablespoon butter
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
dash of Cayenne


Make sure all your veggies are chopped and diced


Heat butter and then throw in the veggies, making sure you give more time for peppers and potatoes, I would give them 10 minutes before throwing in the zucchini. IMG_4351

Add all of your spices and stir fry for a while (15 minutes).



Cut up the Sausage into bite size pieces and add to your pan. Heat sausage for 10 minutes

Heat up the rice according to package directions

Add the rice to the sausage continue to add water as needed

Stir and Fry for five more minutes and then serve.


We received coupons to create the recipe above.