Quick Recipes to Celebrate National Pecan Month

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April is officially National Pecan Month, and Hickory Farms is excited to share some interesting facts about this delicious nut — and, of course — a few yummy pecan treats you can whip up in celebration.   Before you start baking, refresh your pecan knowledge with these fun facts:   Pecans are super healthy for you. Not only do pecans contain more antioxidants than any other nut, they also contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals. Since theU.S.produces more than 80 percent of the world’s pecans, this nut is truly an American food. When choosing your pecans, you have options. This nut ranges in size from mammoth to midget. There are more than 1,000 unique varieties. Every day, shellers process more than 150,000 pounds of pecans. This is enough to make 300,000 delicious pies! Now that you know the facts, it’s time to put your pecans to use with some decadent dishes, starting with a Pecan-Chutney Cheese Spread. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, curry powder, dry mustard and mango chutney. Then, mix in chopped pecans, green onion and toasted coconut. Afterwards, serve with crackers and assorted fruits. What could be better than combining bacon and pecans? Enjoy this delicious …
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Make Our Holiday Ham the Star of Your Easter Dinner!

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  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.     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.     Sharp mustard and smoky ham is a natural pairing. Enjoy this delicious combination …
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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. Next, it’s time to …
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