Sausage Fall Flatbread

It’s always a good idea during the holidays to have a backup plan, and back up plans in my entertaining world mean flatbreads! Flatbreads are a fancier word for thin crust gourmet pizzas and can be served either as an appetizer when cut into small squares or as a full meal when served alongside a hearty salad.

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A flatbread is a party waiting to happen! It takes no time to put this flatbread dough together, but it does have to rest, so be sure to factor that in. What I like to do is make a double batch of it, separate it into four dough balls and freeze two of them. That way, I’m always at the ready. They can stay in the refrigerator for up to a week and in the freezer for up to two months.

This Harvest Sausage Flatbread showcases the fantastic Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage as the main topping, alongside some seasonal flavors like sweet potato and cranberries. Living on Cape Cod, cranberries are everywhere from cakes to cookies, as well as flatbreads and other savory dishes. The balance between the sweet, tart cranberries and the savory, hickory smoked sausage makes this flatbread the perfect holiday recipe to have in your back pocket!

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Harvest Sausage Flatbread

For the dough:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 cups unbleached bread flour
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme

For the flatbread:
1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce (Hickory Farms Cranberry Mustard can be used as a delicious substitute)
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
½ Hickory Farms Signature Beef Summer Sausage, thinly sliced

Other topping options:
Hickory Farms Harvest Vegetable White Cheddar Blend cheese, grated
Fresh apples and pears, thinly sliced
Hickory Farms Honey & Pineapple Mustard, to taste

To make the dough, place warm water and yeast in mixing bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes, until frothy. Add the olive oil, sugar, and salt.

Add the flour and dried herbs and mix the dough for 5 minutes on medium and 3 minutes on high, until fully developed.

Place dough in oiled bowl in a warm place to rise. After 1.5 hours, the dough should be doubled in size. Knead down and divide into two round balls.

Preheat your oven to 450F and sprinkle a greased baking sheet with corn or semolina flour.

Using a rolling pin, roll out to rectangle shapes (1/4 – 1/2 inch thick) and place the dough on the greased baking sheet.
Slather 1/4 cup cranberry sauce or Hickory Farms Cranberry Mustard, and layer with spinach, sweet potato slices, and Signature Summer Sausage slices.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Serve immediately. With Hickory Farms selection of sausage and cheese, you can transform any hors d’oeuvres or main dish into an instant fall favorite.

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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 your favorite Hickory Farms products, just in time for the Holiday season. With a specialty in pastry creation, Marnely has been genius in turning every dish into a masterpiece.

Delicious Halloween-Themed Party Appetizers

Here at Hickory Farms, we love Halloween! Throwing a festive Halloween party is the perfect time way to get creative with your decorations and appetizers. From spooky ghouls to cute little pumpkins, the possibilities for Halloween-inspired treats are endless. You can create some amazing treats for these festivities with some of Hickory Farms’ favorite Halloween snack recipes.

farmhouse cheddar

Source: Iain Bagwell via Woman’s Day

Cheesy Pumpkins

The traditional cheese ball can easily be transformed into a fun seasonal appetizer by molding it into a pumpkin shape. Start by shredding a mixture of cheese, such as our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend. Then, use a food processor to combine the cheese with cream cheese, dry mustard and garlic, blending until smooth. Spoon the mixture into a pumpkin-shaped muffin tin and refrigerate overnight. Lastly, top everything off with parsley to create a cute little vine effect.

turkey summer sausage

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Halloween-Inspired Hors D’ourvres

If you’re looking for a treat your kids can help out with, have your little chefs whip up a fun twist on traditional cheese and crackers. Start by lining a platter with our Olive Oil and Rosemary Crackers. Then, top each cracker off with a piece of Our Signature Beef or Turkey Summer Sausage. Next, cut our cheeses into thin slices. Your kids will have a blast using cookie cutters and butter knives to cut bats, pumpkins and cats out of our cheeses.

smoked gouda blend

Source: Manu Ruiz

Witch Brooms

Another adorable way to serve your cheese is to transform it into a witch’s broom. First, cut our Smoked Gouda Blend into thin slices. Then, fold each slice in half and use scissors to cut a bit of fringe into the cheese. Finish by rolling the cheese around the bottom of a pretzel stick, fringe pointing down, and securing with a fresh chive.

gourmet sausage and cheese

Source: Mary Ellen Bartley via Woman’s Day

Ghost Sandwiches

A cute shape can make a simple sandwich extra special. Start by layering chicken salad, slices of our Fuji Apples and our Farmhouse Cheddar between slices of white bread. Then, use a cookie cutter to create ghost outlines. You can finish this spooky appetizer by using black olives to form the ghost’s eyes.

With Hickory Farms gourmet sausage and cheese, you can transform your snacks into fun and delicious appetizers for Halloween. Your guests will love and appreciate the creativity of your Halloween-themed treats.

Peppermint Snow Mint Place Settings DIY

Sometimes the subtle decorative touches to the dinner table are the ones that are most noticed and appreciated. Here at Hickory Farms, we believe in adding person flair to gatherings with friends and family to give your guests ideas and inspiration they can then share at parties later to come.


Peppermints are known notoriously as being a sign of the holiday season. Instead of serving peppermints in a traditional manner as an after dinner palate cleanser, take your décor to new heights by creating Peppermint Snow Mints   place settings. Not only will these place setting additions serve their true purpose of directing your guests to their seat, at the end of the night, their after dinner mint will be patiently waiting at their seat.


With a sharp knife, cut mid-way through the firm, yet sliceable Hickory Farms Peppermint Snow Mint. As soon as you lacerate the mint, you will smell the minty aroma, which ads a nice fragrance to any dinner party. Next, cut rectangular pieces of cardstock. These will be the guest identifiers in the mints, and should be the size of a standard business card.

Peppermint Snow Mints

After you write the names of your guests on the cardstock, insert each nameplate in the Hickory Farms Peppermint Show Mints   Arrange the name plates however you please, and let the party begin.


With great company, and a little help from Hickory Farms, you’ll be able to host a dinner party with DIY touches that set your party apart from the rest.