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Favorite Meals from Schwan’s Home Delivery
I thought it would be fun to share which foods from Schwan’s home delivery are my favorites. These are the foods I’ve bought over and over again throughout the years. I’ll admit Schwan’s is a bit pricy. There are some items that look very tempting, but I’ve never bought because I didn’t feel the price was warranted. There are other items that I tried once or twice and enjoyed, but just felt the price was not justified, so rarely ordered again. There are however some items I try to never run out of. I think perhaps the better mindset is to compare Schwan’s prices to restaurant food rather than your average home cooked meal.
Spaghetti with Schwan's Italian Style Meatballs
Italian Style Meatballs
Schwan’s Italian Style Meatballs are one of the items I try never to run out of. I think the taste and texture set these meatballs apart from other frozen brands. I’ll simmer about 1/3 to 1/2 a bag in my favorite pasta sauce for an hour or two.
I like the meatballs best over spaghetti or vermicelli pasta, but my brother likes a good meatball hero in a crusty bun with shredded mozzarella.
Recently I was trying to figure out what I could prepare for dinner using food from the pantry and freezer, and came up with meatball tortellini soup. In addition to Schwan's meatballs and tortellini, I just used some canned tomatoes, chicken broth, some chopped greens, mixed Italian seasoning, Lawry’s seasoned salt, and Lawry’s garlic powder with parsley.
I’ve made bacon-wrapped meatballs too. I wrapped the frozen meatballs in a half a slice of bacon, with the seam down, then put in toothpicks after the meatballs were thawed.
Turkey Tenders with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Turkey Tenders with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes
We’ll have the sliced turkey tenderloin in gravy with mashed potatoes several times a year as a special treat. Plan ahead on this one because it takes about an hour to bake in the oven. I always remove the turkey and potatoes from the plastic container and place them in glass or corning dishes to cook. This entrée would be perfect for one or two people for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Roasted Baby Bakers
The first time I had the baby bakers, I was disappointed. Though they are all small, some of the potatoes are smaller than others, and they just didn’t cook evenly. Some of the larger potatoes were not done in the specified time. I wound up chopping the potatoes up and making potato salad with mayo, onion, boiled eggs, celery, and a small amount of mustard. This is a very different flavor profile than my usual potato salad, but a nice change.
Another preparation is bacon-wrapped baby bakers. I can’t even tell you how good these were. The potatoes seem to be coated with salt and oil, but the bacon really adds additional moisture, and the potatoes stay plump and smooth, as opposed to shrinking and wrinkling up a bit when baked per the package directions. These are one of my favorite bacon-wrapped treats.
Beef Pot Roast
Beef Pot Roast
Slow Roasted Beef Pot Roast with Gravy
The 3-lb beef pot roast is pricey, and I don’t get it often, but it is very good. It’s always lean and fall-apart tender. One year my mom and I took this to a relative’s to supplement the turkey for Christmas dinner. It was a big hit. This year I got the beef roast to take to a friend’s for Thanksgiving dinner to supplement the turkey and ham.
Beef Merlot Skillet Meal
Beef Merlot Skillet Meal
This entrée is very good, and I usually have one in the freezer. The beef, potatoes and carrots are tasty. We also like to soak a piece of bread in the broth. We enjoy that piece of bread as much as we enjoy the meat.
Breaded Blue Hake
Breaded Blue Hake
We almost always have hake in the freezer. This is one of my brother’s favorites. Two pieces of hake each, along with potatoes or vegetables makes a satisfying meal. We make tarter sauce with Duke’s mayo, Claussen’s pickles, and sweet onions.
Ancient Grain Encrusted Cod
Ancient Grains Encrusted Cod
The Ancient Grains Encrusted Cod is a relatively new entry from Schwan’s. The coating is fairly thick, but flavorful. Maybe a tad salty for my taste, but very good, and can be tamed down with a little slaw or salad.
Schwan's USDA Choice Filet Mignon
Schwan’s USDA Choice Steaks
Someone once told me that you can’t buy the best steaks at the grocery store, because those steaks go to steak houses. I’d say steak houses and Schwan’s. The Schwan’s USDA Choice Filet Mignon steaks are outstanding. At $45 for four 6 oz steaks, I don’t buy them often, but we do have them about twice a year. I try to remember to pre-order online as often as I can, and use my rewards points on these steaks.
I recently tried the USDA Choice Top Sirloin steaks. They were very good as well, and at $27 for four 7 oz steaks, a great value. They were very tender, with no gristle or visible fat. I decided to also try the USDA Choice Sirloins. They were $18 for four 6 oz steaks, and had good consumer ratings on the website. They were pretty good, but not as tender as the Top Sirloin, and they had some tough and gristly parts. All things considered, I’ll get the Choice Top Sirloin again, instead of the Choice Sirloin.
My brother usually cooks the steaks a couple minutes on each side in a hot skillet, then rests them in a moderate oven for a few minutes.
My brother and I used to cook the turkey mignons once or twice a week. Then something happened and we fell out of love. I think we must have gotten a bad batch, and got some non-lean streaks, which ruined the whole experience. Also the taste from the bacon was like old oil. Several years had passed, and I decided to check out customer ratings on their website. Recent ratings were mostly 5 stars. Since they have a guarantee, and I can return them if not pleased, I decided to give them another try.
We are in love again, and will be keeping the turkey mignons on hand again. They were juicy, tasty, and had a nice texture. It can be a little tricky to get the bacon right. We used to use the Foreman Grill, and turn them on their sides and rotate periodically until the bacon was browned. This time we decided to use the oven. I baked thawed steaks at 400° for 10 minutes each side. Then I increased the temp to 450°, turned on the speed bake function, and baked another 5 minutes per side.
Butcher’s Cut Pork Tenderloin Filet wrapped in Applewood Smoked Bacon
Pork Tenderloin Filet
The Butcher’s Cut Pork Tenderloin Filet wrapped in Applewood Smoked Bacon is a fairly new offering. You get four 5.5 oz filets for about the same price as the four 6 oz choice sirloins. I think for the price point, these pork filets are more tender and flavorful than the choice sirloin. We cooked these similar to the time and method of the Turkey Mignons.
Schwan's Turkey & Pork Meatballs with Gravy and Noodles
Turkey & Pork Meatballs
Besides ground turkey and ground pork, these meatballs have ortabella mushrooms, spinach, and red onion. They are a little larger than the Italian meatballs, and the texture is softer. I buy these occasionally, and usually do them as Swedish Meatballs in a gravy with sour cream, and serve over noodles.
Spinach & Mushroom Flatbread Pizza
Spinach and Mushroom Flatbread Thin Crust Pizza
This pizza underwent some changes a while back. It used to be a single thin square pizza, and is now two narrow flatbreads, but the flavor profile and toppings remain the same. I have bought this pizza many, many times. It’s definitely one of my favorite selections from Schwan’s and very affordable. I sometimes add a little onion, or sometimes a little additional spinach or mushrooms, but this pizza is delicious as is.
Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza
Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza
Special Recipe Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza is tasty, with crust that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The sauce has a little extra spice as does the pepperoni. It’s a good staple to have in the freezer for when you don’t have time to cook. Very affordable to at about $5.
Schwan's Chicken Pot Pie
Schwan’s carries Chicken, Turkey, and Sirloin Beef Pot Pies. The meat is always lean and tender. The balance of gravy to filling and crust is good. I was also a fan of Marie Calendar’s pot pies, but Schwan’s pot pies have risen to the top of my list. They can be microwaved in their individual boxes, but I cook them in the oven or toaster oven. I like the chicken pot pie, but the beef is my favorite.
Six Cheese Tortellini Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms
We’ve enjoyed many of the Schwan’s Pastas over the years, such as Six Cheese Tortellini, Premium Six Cheese Ravioli, Pasta Shells Stuffed with Cheese, and Meat Lasagna. While the lasagna and stuffed shells are good, they have to be cooked in the oven so take longer. Therefore I tend to favor the tortellini and ravioli, which just take a few minutes in boiling water to cool. They are good with red sauce or alfredo. I recently made tortellini soup.
Schwan's Fully Cooked Brat
Fully Cooked Bratwurst
I like keeping the cooked bratwurst on hand. My brother and I like to make what we call “eggs and stuff”. It’s like having all the ingredient options in omelets without all the fuss. We also like making a breakfast strata. It’s easy to take one or two brats out of the freezer and cut them into half moons and stir into the eggs and stuff, or layer in our strata, along with onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and such.
I love pasta. Sometimes add a little bratwurst to my spaghetti, or a combination of meatballs and brat slices.
It's also an easy, quick meal to heat a few brats, and serve in a bun with grilled onions or peppers. You can get an onion and pepper mixture from Schwan's too. They used to have grilled onions and mushrooms, but I haven't seen them recently.
Orange Glazed Salmon with Rice Pilaf
Wild Caught Seafood Sampler
The seafood sampler is one of the “limited time” offers. It has two pieces each of salmon, cod, and mahi mahi. We try to only buy only wild caught fish, so I like getting a variety in one purchase. We tend to bake the fish.
I have a Paul Prudhomme salmon seasoning I sprinkle on salmon. Also Lawry’s seasoned salt and garlic powder with parsley is good. I recently baked some salmon with an orange glaze, made with marmalade and orange juice.
Pan Fried Mahi Mahi
Marinated Baked Cod
I like a teriyaki or soy sauce marinade for cod.
I have baked the mahi mahi and made a bisque with sherry. I’ve also fan fried it. I lightly dusted it in a flour and cornmeal mixture, then fried it off in a little olive oil.
Coconut Shrimp with Mango Pineapple Chutney
Coconut Shrimp with Mango Pineapple Chutney
The coconut shrimp are similar to Red Lobster coconut shrimp. They are usually not offered year round, but as a “limited time offering”. Careful, these are easy to over-cook, which I did, and as you might guess, they weren’t as good. They’re pretty pricy, so I don’t get them often.
White Meat Chicken Wild Rice Soup
White Meat Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
The Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is a “limited time” selection. It has come and gone over the years. The first time it disappeared, we were really bummed at our house. It’s a nice staple to keep in the freezer for cool or rainy days.
Baked Potato Soup
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
The potato soup is very similar to the soup I have had in restaurants. It’s a thick and creamy guilty pleasure.
Pork Pot Stickers
Pork Pot Stickers
Pork Pot Stickers used to be a seasonal item (not available throughout the year), and I used to stock up on them when available. Then something happened. The meat texture changed, and became unpleasing to me. I decided to try them again recently. They have pork, cabbage and onions. I don’t think they had vegetables before, but I like the vegetable. The texture is definitely better. I’ll start keeping these on hand again. There are 20 pot stickers, with 5 portions, packaged 4 pot stickers to a bag. They can be microwaved, or microwaved and finished off in the frying pan. I thawed mine, then heated them in a small skillet. They come with sweet soy sauce packets.
Schwan's Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Toastwich
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Toastwich
Schwan’s used to have three varieties of toastwiches. They aren’t listing the cheese or the ham and cheese right now. Currently the Bacon, Egg and Cheese toastwiches are the only ones listed. You pop them in the toaster oven, and have a quick, tasty, portable breakfast.
Red Velvet Cake and Cheesecake
Red Velvet and Cheesecake
The Red Velvet and Cheesecake dessert is one of the “limited time” offerings. It is a layer of red velvet cake topped with cheesecake. It comes out for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I always make sure I get one as soon as they are available. I took one to Thanksgiving dinner last year. My friend’s brother-in-law has already asked if I were coming again this year, and would be bringing the cake!