Make Our Holiday Ham the Star of Your Easter Dinner!

 

With the perfect combination of smoky, salty and sweet, gourmet ham is a fantastic addition to your spring feast. Since it works so well with a variety of flavors, customizing your ham with sauces and sides to suit your tastes couldn’t be easier. Make our Hickory Farms’ Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham the true star of the show with these simple tips.

A slightly sweet glaze is the perfect way to accentuate the natural sweetness of the Ham. For a delicious and unique sweet and savory combination, try topping your ham with a Cherries Jubilee – Black Pepper Glaze. Simply mix together black cherry preserves, chicken stock, a dash of brandy, a splash of cider vinegar and a bit of ground pepper. Heat the mixture in a saucepan until reduced, and pour over your ham before warming.

 

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If you’re looking for a main dish that’s just a little spicy, try basting your gourmet ham with a fiery Fresh Peach Chutney. Simply cook down fresh peaches with sweet onion, brown sugar, a bit of balsamic vinegar and a touch of spicy Jamaican jerk seasoning.

 

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Sharp mustard and smoky ham is a natural pairing. Enjoy this delicious combination by topping your ham with a Sherry-Orange Dijon Sauce. Simply simmer brown sugar, garlic, nutmeg and orange juice with sherry, golden raisins, orange zest, and, of course,Dijon mustard.

 

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Once you’ve decided on the sauce for your ham, it’s time to round out your meal with sides that will perfectly complement your delicious main dish. Ham and apples pair wonderfully together, making Apple-Pear Salad a perfect side dish. Just toss together apples, pears, lettuce, Swiss cheese, nuts from Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin and dried cranberries. Afterwards, add some lemon-poppy seed dressing.

 

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Another springtime dish that will taste perfect with your gourmet ham is Roasted Fingerlings and Green Beans with Creamy Tarragon Dressing. Simply roast local fingerling potatoes, blanch your beans and mix with the dressing.

With these delicious sauces and side items, your Hickory Farms gourmet ham is sure to be a spring dinner hit. For more information about our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham, visit www.hickoryfarms.com today.

 

No Kid Hungry – Taste of the Nation Toledo

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Here at Hickory Farms, we love having the opportunity to give back to worthy causes in our communities. That’s why we’re so excited to be the Local Presenting Sponsors at the 19th annual Taste of the Nation Toledo, an event that supports the national No Kid Hungry – Share Our Strength initiative. If you’re in the Toledo region, please join us in celebrating good food and good friends for a great cause. You’ll help us ensure every child in our area receives the proper nutrition to stay healthy and happy.

Taking place on April 27th from 5 to 10 pm, this amazing event brings together some of the finest regional chefs and artisan producers in Toledo. Each ticket gives guests access to delicious cuisine from more than 40 area restaurants. While nibbling on small plates, guests will also be treated to a wide array of wines, beer and spirits. Afterward, guests will not want to miss out on some decadent desserts.

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At the event, attendees will enjoy live entertainment and musical performances in addition to the delicious food and drinks.

The proceeds raised at Taste of the Nation Toledo will stay in the area to help local charities. Grant recipients in the region include The Aurora House, Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Toledo Day Nursery and Toledo GROWS.

Tickets for this event are on sale now. To ensure your spot, act quickly. The event is limited to 400 tickets. After March 15, the cost of admission increases from $150 to $175.

Taste of the Nation Toledo is a great opportunity to enjoy the amazing flavors of Toledo, while making a difference in the community. We hope you’ll grab your ticket and help Hickory Farms support this amazing cause.

Seasonal Recipe – Sausage Risotto with Spring Greens

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Early spring is the time of year when fresh greens become abundant. Take advantage of this delicious and nutrient-packed bounty to whip up a spring-inspired recipe. Combining fresh greens with creamy rice and smoky sausage, your family is sure to love a flavor-packed Sausage Risotto with Spring Greens.

Preparing your greens

One of the best perks of this recipe is its flexibility. No matter what type of green you have on hand — dandelion greens, mustard greens, Swiss chard, or collards — it’s sure to taste great.

With whichever greens you choose, start by removing any tough stems and chopping the leaves into one-inch pieces. Then, quickly blanch your greens in a pot of boiling water with just a little salt.

 

Putting it all together

In a large saucepan, melt some butter to sauté a small yellow onion and a clove of garlic. Afterwards, cook the veggies until they’re translucent.

Now, it’s time to add your sausage. Using our Hickory Farms Ham Summer Sausage, remove the outer casing and chop the sausage into medium-sized pieces. Toss the sausage into the pan with the onions until all of the ingredients have a nice golden brown color.

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Next, it’s time to add your rice. For the creamiest texture, choose white arborio rice. Allow the rice to toast for a few minutes before adding a cup of dry white wine. Let the mixture simmer until the wine is almost absorbed, then throw in a cup of broth. After about 10 minutes, toss your greens into the pot. Continue to cook the rice until it’s nice and creamy, then finish with a big handful of nutty Parmesan cheese, a slab of butter and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Enjoy a wholesome meal that includes delicious, seasonal greens with this simple risotto recipe. By combining the freshest possible ingredients with your Hickory Farms sausage, you can take your seasonal dishes to the next level.