Tasty Memorial Day BBQ Meals to Try this Spring

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Memorial Day is all about spending time with friends and family. Over the years, picnics have become an important part of the annual tradition. Be the star of the feast this summer by preparing these fun Memorial Day BBQ meals with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Toast the Traditions gift box. Start with an appetizer When enjoying time with friends and family, you don’t want to rush. Instead of cooking right away, put out a nice appetizer to nibble on while your guests chat. For a snack that is simple to prepare and can be made ahead of time, try a sausage and cheese platter. Start by removing the casing from our Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage, and cut the sausage into thin pieces. Then, slice our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend into cubes. Place the cheese and sausage on a platter with slices of our Fuji Apples and Crown Comice Pears to give your guests plenty of possible flavor combinations. Make an unexpected entree While most picnics feature hot dogs and hamburgers, you can make yours a bit more elegant with a delicious salmon bake. For this simple recipe, start by making a crust for the fish by mixing …
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Savory Steak Marinades with Red Wine

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You know that your steak tastes fantastic with a glass of bold red wine. But did you know that putting red wine in a marinade can add flavor and make your steak more tender? Transform the Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon from our Hickory Farms Signature Gift Box with Red Wine into an amazing marinade for your steak with these tips. Marinade Basics The first thing you should know when preparing red wine steak marinades is how to achieve a good balance. A great marinade packs your steak with flavor while also tenderizing the meat. The basic rule of thumb for the mixture is to use one cup of acid, 1/2 cup of fat, two tablespoons of herbs, and two tablespoons of salt. Start by choosing your acid, which, in our case, is red wine. Add the wine to a storage bag, then mix in your fat, such as olive oil or grapeseed oil, a bit of spice, like chili powder or allspice, and your herbs, including garlic or cilantro. Mix the ingredients together, and place the meat in the bag for a few hours. Putting it all together Now that you know the basics, you can perfect any marinade. For a …
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3 Delicious Deep Red Wine Recipes

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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. Short Ribs with Veggies 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 …
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