5 Spectacular Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner

While turkey may be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner, it can’t truly shine without a few tasty accompaniments. Modernized side dishes can give your family celebration a unique (and scrumptious!) twist. Wow your family’s taste buds this year with these five spectacular side dishes inspired by Hickory Farms gourmet turkey sausage.


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Seasonal Produce

Celebrate your region’s seasonal bounty with a vegetable dish that will make you thankful for this year’s harvest. Simply roast a collection of fall produce, like squash and beets, and toss the veggies in vinaigrette made with our Honey & Pineapple Mustard, lemon juice and maple syrup.


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Zesty Cranberry Sauce

Gourmet turkey just doesn’t taste as good without a side of cranberry sauce. Make a delicious dish for your table by cooking down fresh berries with port, orange liqueur and a pinch of zest from our Navel Oranges.


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Modern Ambrosia

Although ambrosia salad has long been a staple on Thanksgiving tables across the country, you can give yours a modern twist by adding slices of grapefruit, Navel Oranges, celery and avocado. Serve the salad over arugula and then top it with a coconut-based dressing and our mixed nuts.

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Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Whether you stuff your bird or serve it on the side, delicious dressing is a necessity. Spice yours up by replacing the croutons with cornbread and flavoring with fennel, spinach and pieces of our Turkey Summer Sausage.

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Cheddar Biscuits

Make your bread course a special treat by featuring some cheese. Simply mix a handful of our grated Farmhouse Cheddar into the biscuit mix and add a little pinch of cayenne to give your biscuits an extra burst of flavor.


For a great Thanksgiving meal your family will rave about, simply pair these five side dishes, featuring ingredients from our Turkey Hickory Sampler Gift Box, with a gourmet turkey or ham, and your feast is ready.

Best Holiday Dessert Ideas

All over America, homes will soon be filling up with the sumptuous smells of roasting turkey and baking pies. It’s the perfect family holiday — less hectic than Christmas, but still a convivial gathering of family and friends coming together to create lasting memories.

Hickory Farms wants to share some decadently delicious dessert ideas for our loyal customers to try this holiday. Check out some of our favorite holiday dessert ideas below.


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Pear & Cranberry Hand Pies

These individual pies are the perfect blend of tart and sweet and will make the best holiday dessert. Made with fresh cranberries and pears from our Fruitful Gift Tower and flavored with cinnamon and cloves, this recipe is quick and easy to make. After it’s done baking, top these pies off with whip cream or vanilla ice cream.


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Baked Apple Bowl Pies

Another single-serve treat, these individual apple pies are sure to be a hit at Thanksgiving dinner and could make a great Christmas party dessert idea, too. Made with toasted hazelnuts, caramel ice cream topping, milk, egg and butter, they can also be baked with store bought pastry. After you’re done baking, sprinkle each pie with a dusting of cinnamon and some sage leaves for extra flavor.


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Harvest Mousse

This dish features butternut squash with maple syrup and plain gelatin. You can place everything in a food processor or simply substitute these ingredients for canned pumpkin. Egg whites and heavy cream are then folded into the mix. This decedent holiday dessert is then topped with candied squash made with water, sugar, vanilla beans and some pepper for an extra punch.


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Spiced Almond Tuiles

This dish is the perfect holiday dessert companion to serve with your Harvest Mousse. Use a food processor to grind up your almonds, mixing in sugar, butter, egg whites and spice. Then, bake at 350° for 10 minutes.


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No matter where you’ll be enjoying Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner this year, you can bring along a delightful hostess gift, such as Hickory Farms Gourmet Gift Basket, Boxes, and Food Gifts with flavors like Raspberry Sorbet Heart, Espresso Coffee Cream, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Almond Butter Toffee and so much more.

Shop online or call us at 800.753.8558 to place your order for holiday delivery today.

Featured Recipe: Cheddar Apple Pie

Head into your kitchen and bake a pie this weekend! I promise it will lift your mood, calm your energy, and result in a bright and savory Cheddar Apple Pie. Wondering why anyone would ever add cheddar cheese to a pie crust? Well, it’s not a modern technique whatsoever. Combining nuts, sweets, fruit, and cheese has been happening since ancient times. The sharp taste of the cheese and the sweet and juicy flavors of the apples creates a flavorful fall pie that will really ignite the taste buds.

3 year aged cheddar

That’s why the Hickory Farms 3 Year Aged Cheddar pairs so well with the seasonal apples. The sharp cheese balances the sweetness of the apples. Serve this pie with a glass of Malbec and you’ll discover a pairing that you’ll fall in love with this holiday season.

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Another great reason why pie-making is one of my favorite kitchen tasks is because you can get the entire family involved or even have friends over for a pie making afternoon. While someone peels and slices the apples, others can make the pie dough, and grate the cheddar cheese, all while joyfully thinking that the results are going to be a luscious, apple-filled, cheddar-studded pie! Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

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Follow these easy instructions to make a Cheddar Apple Pie that is sure to be an instant holiday hit.


For the pie dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/3 cup shortening

1/3 cup (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, chilled

1/3 cup cold water

5 ounces Hickory Farms, grated 3 Year Aged Cheddar  


For the filling:

6 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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  1. To make dough: place all the dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse for 3 seconds. Add the shortening and chilled butter, pulsing rapidly. Drizzle in the cold water until the dough comes together. Place dough in a bowl and knead in the grated cheddar. Divide the dough into two discs, wrap in plastic, and chill overnight.
  2. To prepare the filling: sauté the apples over medium high until some of the moisture leaves the apples. Drain the apples and stir in the rest of the ingredients and let sit overnight.
  3. To prepare the pie: preheat oven to 350F and grease a pie pan. Roll out each disc of dough on a floured surface and place one crust on the bottom of the pan. Take the chilled filling and spoon into the pie pan, being careful not to include too much of the liquid that drained overnight. Roll out the second disc and place over the apple, crimping the sides and adding a couple of slits on the top of the pie.
  4. Bake the pie for 1 hour until golden brown and let sit for about 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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Using the delicious, crisp apples, and the super sharp 3 Year Aged Cheddar from Hickory Farms that creates a delightful pairing, this dessert will become a hit amongst guests at any gathering this season and beyond.


Marnely Rodriguez- Murray is an established chef with an extensive culinary background, as well as a friend of Hickory Farms. Marnely brings masterfully created recipes using her favorite Hickory Farms products. Marnely has a special knack for turning every dish into a masterpiece.