Celebrate the New Year with These Delightful Desserts

If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party, there are tons of things to consider, including your theme, the guest list, and the type of champagne to serve. But, as with any occasion, you don’t want to forget the dessert. For a delicious start to 2015, celebrate New Year’s with desserts inspired by Hickory Farms ingredients and these delicious recipes.

Orange and Ginger Cheesecake Ball

For a sweet twist on chips and dips, try this decadent dessert-style cheesecake ball. Start by mixing together a package of cream cheese with a bit of butter, some powdered sugar, and both the zest and the juice of a Mandarin Orange from our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket. Finish by adding a handful of chopped crystallized ginger.

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Form the mixture into a ball and chill overnight. Before you serve, top the cheesecake ball with toasted coconut and arrange it on a platter surrounded by pieces of pound cake and slices of Fuji Apples and Crown Comice Pears from the basket.

Log Cake

If you are looking for a truly traditional dessert, consider a New Year’s Log Cake. To make the cake, beat egg whites until frothy before adding sugar, vanilla, and ground nuts from our Grand Nut Party Assortment Tin. Complete the batter with flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon before baking.

After removing the cake from the pan, top with a mixture of whipped cream, sugar, and amaretto, then roll up the cake and finish with more nuts.

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Chocolate Puffs

For another great way to use our mixed nuts, try a Chocolate Puff. Start by mixing the filling by combining cream cheese with sugar, chocolate-hazelnut spread, our chopped nuts, and whipped cream.

Next, build the puffs by mixing sugar, flour, and cocoa powder into water, melted butter, and salt. Bake the puffs, then scoop out the soft dough inside and replace the dough with your chocolate cream.

With these decadent New Year’s Eve treats, your guests will start 2015 with a satisfied sweet tooth. For help with all of your party snacks, check out the great selection at Hickory Farms.

 

Featured Recipe: Hot Ham & Cheese Dip

We’re nearing the end of the holiday season, with New Years Eve parties right around the corner. So many of us have leftover Christmas Ham, so why not do something amazing with it? Today, I’m sharing the perfect recipe for a holiday party. A Hot Ham & Cheese Dip made with two of my favorite cheeses from Hickory Farms: Jalapeño & Cheddar Blend, a spicy but creamy cheddar, and New York Cheddar Spread, a smooth spread that melts perfectly in this dip. It comes together quickly, tastes amazing, and will impress your guests every time!

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Since you’ll be using some amazing cheeses, it’s only logical to use amazing ham as well. The Hickory Farms HoneyGold® Ham is a fantastic and flavorful ham to use in this recipe. You want a ham with a blend of sweet and smoky flavors, and this ham hits all the right flavor notes.

 

Dips are a great addition to any party, whether you’re hosting in your own home or bringing a dish over to a friend’s home to share. If the latter, just place the unbaked dip in the host’s oven for a couple of minute until bubbly and golden brown. Serve with fresh vegetables like celery and it’s a completely gluten-free party dip that most of your guests can enjoy! This is also a great, gluten free dish for those with dietary restrictions.

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Hot Ham & Cheese Dip

Serves 4-6 guests

 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/4 large onion, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

3/4 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon cornstarch

5 ounces New York Cheddar Spread

1/2 cup grated Jalapeño & Cheddar Blend, cubed

1 cup finely chopped Ham

Fresh celery

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté the butter and onions, seasoning them with salt and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add the milk and let it come to a simmer. Remove 1/4 cup of warm milk and in a small bowl, whisk with cornstarch. Pour this cornstarch mixture back into the pot and whisk quickly.
  4. Add New York Cheddar Spread cheese and 1/4 cup grated Jalapeño & Cheddar Blend.
  5. Once the cheeses are smooth and melted, fold in the ham.
  6. Spread the cheese/ham dip in a square oven safe dish and sprinkle the rest of the grated Jalapeño & Cheddar Blend. Bake until golden brown and bubbly. Serve with fresh celery.

Hot Ham & Cheese Dip recipe

With the Hot Ham & Cheese Dip, and a little help from the savory and spicy cheeses, and HoneyGold® Ham from Hickory Farms, you will have everything you need to have an appetizer that is the hit of any party. Stop at your local holiday market to find these and others to create delicious recipes through the new year.

 

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.

 

5 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

The holiday season is the perfect time to share what you have with others. Make your community a brighter place by joining Hickory Farms and giving back during the holidays in these five ways.

Donate your household items

Items that you no longer use can be a welcome addition to another home. Donating your items to charitable organizations helps you recycle your goods, while the funds that are raised through their purchase go toward programs to help low income families, such as job training and resume preparation.

Volunteer your time

Make a day of service an annual part of your holiday celebration. Gather your family together and read about the various philanthropic charities working in your area. Then, decide how you can best give back. Whether you would like to serve food at a homeless shelter or organize baskets of toys for children in need, volunteering with your kids can teach them important life lessons.

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Drop off a gift

Expand your holiday gift list to include a few people that you don’t know. Stop by a local hospital ward or a retirement home with a festive gift basket to share delicious treats and a few laughs. You are sure to make someone’s holiday season a little more special and come home with a few new friends.

Cook a feast for the hungry

Family dinners are an important part of any celebration. Share the joy of a great meal with less fortunate individuals in your region by packaging up holiday meals and handing them out to the homeless.

 

Source: No Kid Hungry

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Support a great charity

Join Hickory Farms as we aim to battle childhood hunger as a National No Kid Hungry Partner for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Since this initiative has launched, the organization has served more than 107 million meals. By donating just $49, you can buy $490 holiday meals for hungry children.

With these five ways to give back this holiday season, you can help enact change in your community. This year, help us at Hickory Farms make the holidays a true season of sharing.