This is a sponsored post, written by me, on behalf of Eckrich Smoked Sausage.
I think one of the reasons that people love this time of year, myself included, is that there's so much focus on gathering. While it can feel like we're disconnected from each other much of the time, the holidays bring family home and friends together.
My parents loved to entertain and I've clearly inherited that gene because I love a house full of guests. Some will come for the main meal but there's plenty of opportunity for people to come by for cocktail or brunch. And feeding them needn't be at all complicated.
I've learned that the secret to easy and even impromptu entertaining is keeping some good basic ingredients in the house. A few bottles of red and white wine, good crackers, nuts and dried fruit in the pantry and cheese and sausage in the fridge will keep for a long time so you'll always be ready.
I enjoy the spices and the naturally hardwood smoked flavor in Eckrich Smoked Sausage Ropes so I make sure that's in my fridge both for a quick charcuterie board or as an ingredient in my dinners. I love that it's fully cooked and I can either just slice and serve or heat it up in a grill pan. You can find Eckrich smoked sausage ropes in the deli section at your local grocery store and you will love that it allows you to put a homemade meal on the table quickly, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family.
I pair it with a sharp cheese like a smoked Cheddar, something buttery and mild like an Ossau Iraty and a mid way flavor like Manchego. Some dried apricots for the sweet lovers and pickles for the sharper palates and I have something for everyone. Bring on the guests and enjoy!
For more information about Eckrich Smoked Sausage, as well as quick and easy recipes please visit Eckrich.com.
This recipe is sponsored by Eckrich Smoked Sausage. Thank you for supporting the products I love and use in my kitchen.