Holiday Cooking with Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs & SeaPak Popcorn Seafood

Holiday time is home entertaining time and if you’ve ever had any kind of party at your home for the holidays, you know its a lot of work. SeaPak Seafood Co. and Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs brings you a few quick and easy recipes to make your holiday party a bit easier to handle. I’m actually in the middle of planning on myself and these will make great additions to my menu. With these delicious treats, you are sure to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests. The first recipe comes from the former Executive Food Editor of Southern Living, Scott Jones. Scott made a delicious Jambalaya recipe using SeaPak Popcorn Shrimp. His recipe is the perfect way to bring the taste of the spiciness of New Orleans to a cold New York winter night.

Popcorn Shrimp Jambalaya

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 4 to 6 Servings

1 (14-oz.) package andouille sausage, cut into 1/4-inchthick slices
1 (10-oz.) package frozen vegetable seasoning blend
1 (32-oz.) container low -sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1 (14.5-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
2 cups uncooked long-grain rice
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 (20-oz.) package SeaPak Popcorn Shrimp
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions

Cook sausage in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, 8 to 10 minutes or until browned. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Add vegetable seasoning blend to hot drippings in Dutch oven, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add broth, next 3 ingredients and sausage. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 18 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450°. Bake Popcorn Shrimp according to package directions. Spoon jambalaya into individual bowls or a large serving bowl; top with Popcorn Shrimp. Top with green onions, and serve immediately.

SeaPak’s Popcorn Fish is made from mild bites of flaky white fish cut from whole Pollock and is a great way to teach children to love seafood at a young age. When served alongside nutritious steamed broccoli, a balanced dinner can be ready in less than 15 minutes. Even better for hurried holiday nights!

Popcorn Fish with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 4 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Makes: About 5 servings

1 (22 oz) package SeaPak’s Popcorn Fish, frozen
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of salt

Cook popcorn fish according to package instructions. Stir mayonnaise, mustard, honey and salt together in a small bowl. Refrigerate sauce until popcorn fish are done. Serve Popcorn Fish with sauce and enjoy.

And lastly, here are two great recipes that use meatballs (they’re not just for spaghetti anymore). These recipes use fully-cooked Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs, sold at Sam’s Clubs nationwide, which means they can be warmed up quickly for a fast, budget-friendly dinner. Casa meatballs are made from an authentic family recipe, quality ingredients and Italian seasonings—making you feel like you haven’t cut any corners, only your cooking time!

Fall Cranberry Wrap

Prep Time: 10 minutes Makes: 4 servings

10 Casa Meatballs
4 (6 inch) whole-wheat tortillas
4 tablespoons whole cranberry sauce, divided
1 red apple, thinly sliced
Red cabbage, thinly sliced for garnish

In a microwave, heat meatballs with 1 tablespoon water on high for 1 1/2 -2 minutes, or until meatballs are hot. Place 5 meatballs down the center of each tortilla. Spread 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce alongside the meatballs. Place three apples slices down the center of each tortilla; garnish with thinly sliced red cabbage. Roll or wrap burrito-style.

Easy BBQ Meatballs

Prep Time: 6 minutes Cook Time: 3 hours Makes: 8 servings

2 lbs. frozen Casa Meatballs
1-20 oz. can of pineapple chunks, drained
2 bell peppers(red, green and/or yellow) cut into bite-size pieces
1-18 oz. bottle of traditional BBQ sauce
4 cups prepared rice

Place frozen meatballs, pineapple chunks and bell pepper pieces into slow cooker. Pour BBQ sauce over ingredients and stir gently to mix ingredients. Set slow cooker on high. Heat ingredients for 2 1/2-3 hours, stirring occasionally until hot. Serve over cooked rice for an easy meal.

So when you’re preparing the menu for your holiday gathering, make sure you add SeaPak Popcorn Shrimp, Popcorn Fish and Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs to your grocery list.

T-fal ActiFry – Cook Deliciously! Eat Healthy

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I’ve heard so many cooking stories, trading of recipes and lots of ideas for a healthier Thanksgiving. So many of us think if you use certain ingredients, then you’re eating healthier but it’s not just the ingredients you have to worry about, how your food is prepared is important too. I was introduced to one heck of a machine from called the T-fal ActiFry. A wondrous machine that allows you to cook entrees, sides, desserts, and appetizers without worry.

ActiFry is a unique kitchen appliance engineered with innovative heat-pulse technology. It will definitely make you throw out your deep fryer. ActiFry will change your perception of how food can be cooked. Enjoy absolutely delicious homemade meals with this versatile low fat multi-cooker, using just a tablespoon of oil, its pulsating heat system and stirring paddle. There are several amazing recipes that are possible with the t-fal ActiFry but I wanted to start out with something simple, so I decided to try some healthy fried chicken. All I did was season the chicken and place them in the Non-Stick Removable Pan (I didn’t even need any oil in the recipe)

The T-fal ActiFry features a removable ceramic-coated, non-stick pan, a transparent steam-free lid, a measuring spoon and an automatic stirring paddle which ensures even distribution of oil in each meal prepared (all which are dishwasher safe so cleaning up the ActiFry is just as easy as using it to cook). The recipe called to set the timer for 25-30 min but I put it at 30 because I like my fried foods crispy. The ActiFry features a timer, which can be set for up to 99 minutes. Simply place the ingredients in the non-stick pan, close the lid, set the timer and switch your ActiFry on. The timer beeps to let you know when your food is ready. It’s amazing to see this baby in action. I literally didn’t have to do anything else but wait for the timer to go off an enjoy some amazingly tasty (and super healthy) chicken. I took some video a few minutes after I started the ActiFry

and again when there were just about four minutes left when the wings were a beautiful golden brown

I cannot wait to try some of my Thanksgiving recipes and I don’t plan on being boring either. I might experiment with Spicy Thai Chicken Curry, Chicken and Pineapple or maybe chili (god I’m so excited to cook).

The T-fal ActiFry comes in Black and white and is available at,, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, JCPenney, etc. Happy Thanksgiving!