Rotisserie Chicken Perfected

It’s a delicious sight to see our massive rotisserie oven powered up and spinning. As one rack rises to the top of the spindle, the drippings from the whole plump chickens fall, splashing onto the racks below basting the meat. The result is an ultra-moist and tender DLM Rotisserie Chicken that doesn’t disappoint. But the real secret to this DLM Difference starts before they even enter the oven.

The secret is the chicken. Like all of our chicken, it’s air-chilled, lifetime free of antibiotics and hormones, and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. But there’s more than just that. We start with a bigger bird, which not only results in more meat, but a juicier and more tender finished product.

rotisserie chicken

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN AT ITS FINEST

When you get a DLM Rotisserie Chicken you’ll probably first notice the evenly golden skin. Patty Comley, who makes sure the rotisserie at DLM Washington Square keeps up with the daily demand at that location, is quick to point out that the golden skin is just right—never too crispy, but perfectly browned. That’s the beauty of how the rotisserie oven cooks. It gently turns slowly allowing the bird to be cooked evenly on all sides. Prior to starting the rotisserie, Patty generously adds a dry rub, containing no MSG, to the breast of each chicken. She then loads the oven so that one rack will be positioned below the other as it rises to the top, to catch those rich drippings.

She’s always careful to never cook too many birds at once and to keep cooking them throughout the day so that customers can have the best eating experience and they aren’t grabbing one that has been sitting in the warmer too long. She’ll routinely check to see how they’re moving to gauge how many she needs to reload. If a chill hits the air or she senses that people are needing a break from cooking, she knows that the demand may be greater. That hunger for DLM Rotisserie Chicken is what has elevated this to a DLM Difference mainstay over the years.

Patty likes to get two meals out of her DLM Rotisserie Chicken when she brings one home. The first meal is just the chicken with some simple sides, like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, corn on the cob, or green beans. The second is a new meal entirely using the leftover chicken, like chicken and noodles.

rotisserie chicken thai noodles

WINNER, WINNER ROTISSERIE CHICKEN DINNER!

Got a recipe calling for chicken, but short on time? Quicken your meal prep with a DLM Rotisserie Chicken. Here are some meal ideas using rotisserie chicken!

Idea 1: Chicken with Thai Peanut Noodles

Pull chicken off the bone and slice into thin strips. Toss the strips with some pasta (I like either rice noodles or spaghetti for this). Add to it any of these mix-ins: Thai peanut or sweet chili sauce, a splash of soy sauce, julienned carrots, diced green onions, and chopped DLM Extra-Large Peanuts. Then, drizzle with some Sriracha.

Idea 2: BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Shred the chicken and mix it up with some of our DLM Original Barbecue Sauce. Gently reheat if necessary and pile into our Bakery’s Golden Hamburger Buns. Try it topped with briny pickles, smoked Gouda, or our Homestyle Coleslaw.

Idea 3: One Pan Chicken Enchiladas

In a non-stick skillet, layer your favorite enchilada sauce, a couple corn tortillas, and a container of DLM Roasted Tomatillo Salsa or your favorite salsa. Top with shredded chicken and some shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Cover and gently simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Finish under the broiler for a delicious cheesy crust and serve with a little sour cream and a dollop of DLM Homemade Guacamole.

Idea 4: Chopped Chicken Salad

Grab your favorite bagged leaf salad (I like a spinach and arugula mix) and toss in some shredded chicken. Throw in a couple of your favorite add-ins, such as drained black beans, diced jicama, green onions, chopped tomatoes, shredded Cheddar, and crunchy tortilla strips. Then, toss it all together with ranch dressing and a dollop of your favorite DLM Salsa.

Idea 5: Chicken Tortellini Soup

Shred chicken and set aside. In a soup pot, sauté a small amount of soup veggie starters, such as chopped onion, celery, and carrots, in a little Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil until soft. Add several cups of your favorite stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then lower heat. Add a package of tortellini and the shredded chicken; let simmer until tender. Serve with some crusty DLM Artisan Farmhouse Bread.

Meal Ideas Made Easy with Gourmet Takeaway

At DLM, we aren’t just your pantry. We’re also an extension of your Kitchen when you need us to be. You’ve likely heard us say the words “Made Right Here” or seen them stickered on a DLM package. These are words that mean something to us and guide us in a number of departments. Take for instance our Gourmet Takeaway selection, brimming with ready-made possibilities. When you peer into this case, you’re greeted with an entire visual menu of chef-driven recipes that are ready to heat and eat. From sides like Twice-Baked Potatoes that are stunningly swirled on top, to entrées like Roasted Beef Tenderloin, featuring USDA Prime DLM Natural Beef, your eyes will dance with delight looking over these delightful meal ideas. As you stand there, you’ll also see a state-of-the-art Kitchen on the other side of the counter that’s bustling with amazing people who are chopping, poaching, baking, searing, and sautéing real food (our Oakwood Kitchen is the only one not visible from the retail floor).

We use ingredients we are not only proud of but that taste good—this is what we call a Flavor First food mentality. “We use the foods we sell in our stores,” says Chef Carrie Walters, DLM Culinary Director, citing that when local tomatoes are available, you’ll see those intertwined. Her counterpart, DLM Food Service Director Jason Belcher, elaborates on the proteins. “DLM Air-Chilled Chicken, USDA Prime DLM Natural Beef, and sustainably caught salmon or farm-raised the right way” are all at play when you view the selection of ready-made entrées in our Gourmet Takeaway, like best-seller Asiago Encrusted Chicken. “It’s Made Right Here by our Kitchen staff every day,” he says with confidence and pride.

GETTING TO KNOW “AUNT DOROTHY”

We often use the words “Aunt Dorothy” when talking about the home-cooked foods streaming from our Kitchens. But who is Aunt Dorothy? DLM Springboro’s Kitchen Manager Jessica Prior says it best. “Aunt Dorothy is all of us,” referring to her cooking professional comrades at all of the Kitchens. “We take a lot of pride in cooking it, so we make it look beautiful, too,” Prior says, noting that the “wow” first impression is what they strive for when a customer steps up to admire the selection.

Each store’s Kitchen works closely with the Deli managers so that they can keep the selection as fresh as possible each day, and making more as needed. As you go from one store to another, you’ll likely notice not only consistency in the selection but also in the taste and recipes behind it all. That is where Chef Carrie comes in.

To know Chef Carrie is a cool thing. She isn’t the type of chef who relishes in always repeating familiar favorites. She is on trend and is constantly experimenting to take us to that next great food find here at DLM. In her free time, she enjoys jetting across the globe to experience new foods, cultures, and top restaurants. When she’s not traveling, you’ll find her pouring over food magazines, staying connected with local restauranteurs, and popping up on the local food scene’s industry events like this past year’s TedxDaytonSalon focused on conversations about food. She channels all that inspiration into the vast selection of prepared foods here at DLM, as well as sharing her recipes and expertise with you either through cooking classes at the DLM Culinary Center or on the pages of Table! For her, the thrill is in the discovery. “It’s exciting for me to see new things in the case and watch our customers fall in love with something new that they try,” says Chef Carrie.

So as you peer into the Gourmet Takeaway case, know that at some point there was a very elaborate tasting and exploration process behind what you see, likely headed up by Chef Carrie. Take that Asiago Encrusted Chicken for example. We tested several different iterations before we landed on one. After a recipe is selected, the ingredients are mainly sourced from the same foods we sell to you and our cooking professionals use classic cooking methods every day to bring those recipes to life. Now that’s Made Right Here the right way.

5 MEAL IDEAS FROM GOURMET TAKEAWAY

With all of the good food that is already prepared here at DLM, why not look at them as sources for not only meal ideas but as components of dinner? These Made Right Here dishes are made with high quality ingredients and can save you so much time in the kitchen!

We encourage you to stand in front of our Gourmet Takeaway case and come up with your own dinner plans. Here are a couple of our favorite meal ideas.

1. MADRAS CHICKEN CURRY

meal ideas

INGREDIENTS:
Marinated & Grilled Italian Chicken Breast, sliced (Gourmet Takeaway)
Fresh Grilled Vegetables, pick your favorites and slice (Gourmet Takeaway)
Bollywood Cauliflower Rice (Gourmet Takeaway)
Maya Kaimal Madras Curry Indian Simmer Sauce (Grocery)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. On a foil-lined sheet pan, place chicken, veggies, and cauliflower rice in rows. Heat until hot, about 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, heat sauce in a pot over low heat. Place chicken, veggies, and cauliflower rice on a plate and top with curry sauce.

Total time: 20 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 3 hours
Time saved: 2 hours and 40 minutes

 

2. TEXMEX PORK

meal ideas

INGREDIENTS:
Chile-Rubbed Pork Loin (Gourmet Takeaway)
Southwest Quinoa (Deli)
Mazunte Roasted Tomato Salsa (Produce)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. On a foil-lined sheet pan, heat pork loin slices until hot, about 7-10 minutes. Place quinoa in center of plate and top with sliced pork. Spoon salsa on top.

Total time: 15 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 45-50 minutes
Time saved: 30-35 minutes

 

3. CHICKEN WITH ARUGULA

INGREDIENTS:
Asiago Encrusted Chicken (Gourmet Takeaway)
Arugula (Produce)
DLM Dijon Vinaigrette (Deli)
Grape tomatoes (Produce)
Lemon (Produce)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place chicken on a foil-lined sheet pan. Place in oven and cook until hot, about 10-12 minutes. In a bowl, toss the arugula with the vinaigrette and tomatoes, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Top chicken with salad right before serving and place a wedge of lemon for seasoning on plate.

Total time: 20 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 40 minutes
Time saved: 20 minutes

 

4. SALMON NIÇOISE

meal ideas

INGREDIENTS:
Green Beans Amandine (Gourmet Takeaway)
Grape tomatoes (Produce)
Hard boiled eggs (Deli)
Grilled Salmon (Gourmet Takeaway)
Roasted Red Skin Potatoes with Rosemary (Gourmet Takeaway)
Olives (Deli)
DLM Dijon Vinaigrette (Deli)

DIRECTIONS:
Cut the green beans, tomatoes, and eggs into smaller pieces. Plate salmon in center of plate and scatter the beans, tomatoes, potatoes, olives, and eggs around it. Drizzle with dressing and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Total time: 15 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Time saved: 1 hour

 

5. FIESTA DINNER

INGREDIENTS:
Cilantro Lime Rice (Gourmet Takeaway)
Carne Asada (Gourmet Takeaway)
Elote-Style Corn Salad (Deli)
DLM Pico de Gallo (Produce)
Mazunte Tostadas, broken into smaller pieces (Produce)

DIRECTIONS:
Heat rice in microwave until hot. Sauté Carne Asada strips briefly in a little oil until hot. Plate the rice and steak. Serve with the Elote-Style Corn Salad, DLM Pico de Gallo, and some tostadas.

Total time: 20 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Time saved: 1 hour and 10 minutes

 

Head to our Gourmet Takeaway case to discover more meal ideas!

3 Caprese Recipe Ideas for the Summer

The taste of summer doesn’t get simpler than ripe tomatoes, creamy fresh mozzarella, and fragrant basil. Insalata Caprese, also known as Caprese salad, is usually finished with a little extra-virgin olive oil and a showering of good sea salt. Besides reflecting the colors of the Italian flag, it is more than just the sum of its parts. When something is that simple, you can make it stunningly delicious when you get your hands on the ripest local tomatoes, DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella, and our local basil that is bountiful right now in our Produce departments. But don’t stop there! We’ve got you covered with more caprese recipe ideas!

So many inspirations for ideas with these classic ingredients come to mind, some of which you should think about experimenting with in your home kitchen. The combo not only makes a wicked good grilled cheese, but try adding a little garlic for an awesome open-faced bruschetta. For another caprese recipe ideas, you can toss up a pasta salad with these ingredients or be like Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten and add them to brown rice for a refreshingly different cold salad. Since it’s grilling season, try a Caprese burger using our local DLM Grass-Fed Ground Beef topped with DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella, a thick slice of ripe tomato, and slathered with pesto. Here are a few of my favorite variations on the traditional caprese!

This Summer, Layer on the Flavors with These 3 Caprese Creations

1. WATERMELON “CAPRESE” SKEWERS

caprese recipes ideas

 

2. AVOCADO & NECTARINE “CAPRESE” SALAD

caprese recipe ideas

 

3. CAPRESE PANZANELLA

caprese recipe ideas

Gourmet Burgers: The DLM Difference

Twenty years ago, we knew we wanted to do something to make the proverbial “burger” anything but basic. I mean, when you start with ground chuck that is lifetime free of antibiotics and hormones from trusted farms, you already have the makings for burger nirvana. But our appetite told us that grillmasters sought something more elaborate, exciting, and albeit gourmet. What began with a few mainstays like the Cheddar Bacon and Black ‘N Bleu burger quickly grew into a full-blown line of DLM Gourmet Burgers. We certainly had fun coming up with crave-worthy combinations of ingredients to give each DLM Gourmet Burger a distinct personality and flavor profile.

Our Gourmet Burger varieties are seasoned with fresh ingredients by our trained butchers who then hand-shape into generous patties. In addition to several ground chuck variations, we kept the creative juices flowing and also have a few burger varieties featuring our locally raised DLM Non-GMO Turkey, DLM Natural Lamb, DLM Natural Beef ground sirloin, and ground DLM Air-Chilled Chicken. All, of course, abide by the pillars of our Meat department to feature fresh meats that are lifetime free of antibiotics and hormones and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. “The result was the best of the best. We initially envisioned our DLM Gourmet Burger line being a seasonal item, but the demand spoke for itself and we found ourselves featuring these year-round,” says Jack Gridley, DLM VP of Meat & Seafood. With that in mind, grill on!


Although each DLM Gourmet Burger served simply on a DLM Golden Hamburger Bun packs plenty of flavor on its own, we’ve decided to keep your grill fires stoked with these ultra-fun ways to dress your uniquely crafted burger. We promise that your backyard BBQ will never be boring with DLM Gourmet Burgers and the perfect accompaniments! Check out these ideas for 8 DLM Gourmet Burgers expertly elevated.

8 DLM GOURMET BURGERS EXPERTLY ELEVATED

1. ROSEMARY LAMB GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

This DLM Gourmet burger truly is unique, featuring freshly ground lamb, a touch of Dijon mustard, and fresh rosemary that cooks up juicy and full of flavor.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

For a signature combo, layer this burger with Cucina Viva Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade, goat cheese, Les Moulins Mahjoub Natural Black Olive Spread, DLM Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, and peppery arugula.

 

2. BLACK N BLEU GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

This one is not shy on flavor! Our butchers lightly mix in DLM Uncured Bacon, green onion, blue cheese crumbles, and then dust with Cajun seasoning.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

Slather a DLM Golden Hamburger Bun with plenty of DLM Blue Cheese Dressing, local tomato, red onion, and crisp iceberg lettuce.

 

3. PHILLY-STYLE GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

Ground chuck lightly mixed with onions, peppers, and well-seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

In the true Philly spirit, we’ve created made-from-scratch cheese whiz sauce (get the recipe here). Don’t forget the sautéed onions and green peppers piled into a DLM Hard Roll that can handle all of that deliciousness!

 

4. ORTEGA GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

This popular favorite is made with green chiles, chipotles in adobo, and shredded pepper jack cheese.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

Pile it on a DLM Kaiser Bun with Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo with Avocado Oil, Deer Creek The Rattlesnake Cheddar, DLM Salsa, crumbled DLM White Corn Tortilla Chips, shredded iceberg lettuce, and diced fresh tomatoes.

 

5. RANCH TURKEY GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

Non-GMO and locally raised DLM ground turkey is seasoned with the good flavors of ranch and shredded Swiss.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

Don’t hold back your love for ranch. Try this one topped with some DLM Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, fresh avocado, lettuce, tomato, and red onion.

 

6. HORSERADISH CHEDDAR GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

Try this nose-burner that’s made with DLM Pure Horseradish and garlic.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

Nestle it onto a DLM Golden Hamburger Bun with Terrapin Ridge Farms Dill Pickle Mustard. Top your burger with Harlech, a semi-soft Welsh cheese with horseradish and parsley. Don’t forget the Randy’s Sideburns Pickles.

 

7. PALMER STEAK GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

Do you love steak? This best-selling burger has your name all over it! We make it with ground sirloin, steak sauce, Provolone, and garlic.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

Take it up a few notches with Italian Provolone, caramelized onions, Bourbon Barrel Aged Worcestershire Sauce, The Pine Club Steakhouse Sauce, and arugula—all on a DLM Hard Roll.

 

8. CHEDDAR BACON GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

Talk about a crowd-pleaser! This is one of the original varieties that started our Gourmet Burger craze! Made with shredded Cheddar and DLM Uncured Bacon, this hits all the notes of a classic burger that has a ramped-up flavor.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

We’ve topped this one with DLM Original Barbecue Sauce, DLM Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon, Tillamook Cheddar cheese, onion straws, lettuce, tomato, and red onion on a classic DLM Golden Hamburger Bun.

*Did you know? You can ship several of these tasty condiments and burger additions through shop.DorothyLane.com!