Spring Entertaining with Hickory Farms

With the warm air, and long awaited sunshine, we are starting to see that spring is finally here! There are so many things that come to mind when we think of spring: picnics, outdoor activities, baby and wedding showers, and one of our favorite activities-spring entertaining. With the combination of springtime and some helpful tips from Hickory Farms, you’ll be well on your way to hosting spring gatherings that are second to none.

Create the Perfect Table Spread

Spring is the perfect time to host a housewarming party or small gathering with your closest friends. Nothing brings friends together more than a colorful and delicious spread of snacks and beverages. To create a spread that appeals to everyone’s tastes, an array of colors and textures is key. Crunchy nuts, sweet candy, delicious seasonal fruit, and savory flavors like creamy cheese really create a springtime spread that appeals to every taste bud.

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Host a Picnic at the Park

Now that it’s finally warming up, wait no longer to enjoy a picnic in the park with your loved ones. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket filled with your favorite quick, easy, and healthy lunches.  Slicing sausage and cheese before you leave the house and packing it into your basket makes for a very easy snack in the park. Enjoy the fresh spring air with your loved ones all while sitting in the sun and enjoying great conversation.

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Showers

Spring is the season of showers. Baby showers, wedding showers are in full bloom during the spring months. Have a friend who is having a shower, or are you hosting a shower? Create some cute spring themed party favors. By taking mini, transparent bags, fill them with your favorite candies. We’ve used our Mini Melt Away Mints to really showcase the colors of spring. When tying the bag, add a charm that coordinates with the event! Add a mini rattle for a baby shower or a rhinestone ring for a wedding shower. These personal touches to your homemade party favor will make it all the more special.

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With spring, your creativity, and a little help from Hickory Farms, you are ready to utilize these great spring entertaining tips at your next party!

3 Delicious Deep Red Wine Recipes

Whether you drink it along with your dinner or add it to your recipe, a bold red wine is a great addition to any meal. Use the fruity Cabernet Sauvignon from our Hickory Farms Signature Gift Box to cook a rich and comforting meal with one of these delicious red wine recipes.

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Source: Hickory Farms

Short Ribs with Veggies

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Source: Foodandwine

Braised meat cooked low and slow is the perfect cold weather meal. Start by making a marinade by combining the bottle of wine with leek, onion, garlic, carrots, and herbs. Then, place the short ribs in storage bags, pour the marinade over the top, and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, brown the ribs and veggies before transferring to a roasting pan. While the meat roasts, make a sauce of wine, mushrooms, shallots, and thyme. Serve the sauce over the tender meat.

Leek Wine Soup

Combining leeks and red wine into a silky soup is the perfect start to any dinner party. Begin this decadent dish by sauteeing saffron and leeks until tender. Then, pour in the red wine and simmer until reduced. Once the mixture is thickened, add chicken stock and large chunks of toasted peasant bread. Use a stick blender to puree the soup and finish with a dash of cream, as well as a bit of salt and pepper.

Beef Stew

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Source: Foodandwine

Beef stew is the classic red wine dish. To make this traditional version, start by browning flatiron steak in a cast iron pot. Once the meat has a nice caramel color, add onion and garlic. When the onion is soft, combine flour, your wine, a bay leaf, and herbs. Be sure to remove any browned bits before covering the pot and transferring it to the oven.

While the stew cooks, sautee a mixture of pancetta, mushrooms, carrots, and pearl onions on the stove top. When serving, top the stew with the pancetta mixture.

Whether you add wine from our Hickory Farms gift baskets to one of these recipes or pair it with chocolates or summer sausage and cheese, our red wine will really bring out the flavors of your meal.

Unique Seasonings for the Pfaelzer Brothers Ultimate Burgers

With our Pfaelzer Brothers Ultimate Burgers, you get 8 oz. individually packaged filet patties with all of the juicy flavor you crave in your burger. While all you really need to make these burgers amazing is a nice sear and maybe a slice of cheddar, part of the fun of eating burgers is adding your own unique flavor. Create a burger that is perfect for you with these seasoning ideas.

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Source: Hickory Farms

Spice it up

The right seasonings can add a little zip or really bring out the hearty beef flavor of the meat. To create a perfectly balanced burger with just the tiniest hint of sweetness, try adding a few tablespoons of our Sweet Hot Mustard. If you are looking to go spicy, a bit of Sriracha is always a good option.

Herbs are another way to add depth of flavor. Thyme, for example, gives your burger a pleasing woody taste. If you really want to highlight the beautiful beef flavor, steak sauce, with notes of vinegar, dried fruit, tomatoes, and pepper, or sweet and tangy Worcestershire are perfect.

Make it even more juicy

Some burger additions add moisture, making the meat juicier. Egg, for example, binds the meat together and gives the burger a nice texture. Two more options for adding juiciness and extra flavor are bread crumbs, which give you a toasty note, and onion, which provides a bit of sweetness.

Add something unexpected

If you are looking for a more earthy flavor, try dried mushrooms. Red wine will add peppery notes, sesame oil gives you a bit of nutiness, and capers will fill your burger with bursts of saltiness.

No matter what you put in your Ultimate Burger, you know that it is going to be amazing. Order your Pfaelzer Brothers burgers, steaks, and seafood today to make your next barbecue the best one yet.