Our Favorite Oktoberfest-Inspired Recipes

Oktoberfest and its festivities date back to the day when Bavarian Crown Prince Louis married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The events that followed were repeated again the next year and soon became a favorite annual celebration starting at the end of September and ending on the first Sunday in October.

Now that September is coming to an end, you can bring this fantastic tradition into your home with a few Oktoberfest-inspired recipes featuring our gourmet Hickory Farms ingredients.

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Oktoberfest Bread

Cheddar, sausage and bread are important components of any Oktoberfest celebration. Rather than just making a traditional sandwich, try combining all of these ingredients into one amazing loaf of bread. Start by sautéing chunks of our Beef Summer Sausage in a skillet until they reach a nice golden brown. Then, in a large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder before mixing in an egg and a bit of honey. Finally, finish by folding the beer, sausage and plenty of our Farmhouse Cheddar into the loaf before baking.

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Beer Cheese Soup

Featuring a creamy texture with light and fruity flavors, a good beer cheese soup is an excellent dish to serve with bread. Start by browning bacon, and then use the fat to cook some onions, carrots, celery and chopped Fuji apples from our gourmet fruit baskets. Cook until the onion is translucent. Next, add in garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, dried mustard and paprika. Then, reduce the heat before tossing in plenty of our Farmhouse Cheddar along with some beer, milk and chicken stock. Lastly, cook until the soup thickens.

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Fried Pie

Apple desserts are an Oktoberfest classic. For a perfect end to your meal, whip up a fried apple pie. Start by heating butter, cinnamon, sugar, salt and a bit of whiskey along with our sliced Fuji apples. Cook until the apples are tender. Then, wrap the apples in your favorite pie dough before sealing with egg wash and frying until golden brown.

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You can easily whip up these three yummy recipes with a gourmet Hickory Farms basket on hand. Once you’re done cooking, you’ll be able to invite the whole gang over to celebrate the historic Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest.

Scrumptious Platters for School Functions

When school bells ring again this fall, it’s a good bet there will be plenty of after school and evening functions for parents to attend. Whether it’s a back-to-school potluck, a dinner for the annual PTA meeting or tailgating before high school football games, students and parents will need to keep their energy up with some healthful treats.

There’s a skill and an art to preparing an appetizing spread quickly and efficiently. Hickory Farms knows that today’s parents are busier than ever, so we’ve found a few simple recipes for delicious offerings parents can bring along with them to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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Fruit Kabobs

All the nutrition with none of the mess, fruit kabobs are easy to make and very portable. They’re quite versatile, making them the perfect snack, appetizer or healthy dessert for when you’re on the go. Simply cut some fresh fruit into cubes, place on a skewer and serve on a large platter.

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Mini Ham, Cheddar & Apple Paninis

These paninis are so scrumptious kids will be coming back for seconds, so make sure to pack a big batch of this tasty course. Smoked ham, cheddar cheese and thinly sliced apples are all you need besides the bread to complete this easy dish.

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Monkey Platter

Make a platter with a little bit of everything to satisfy a hunger for both sweet and savory treats. Slice up some of our Beef and Turkey Summer Sausage, cut up some veggies, fruit and cheese and add some nuts and Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers to round out the plate. A handful of Trail Mix is a nice addition too.

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The quality and convenience of Hickory Farms gourmet products is what has allowed us to build our loyal customer base since we first opened our doors 63 years ago. Stop by at one of our locations near you or order online or by phone for speedy delivery.

Creative Father’s Day Gifts & Activities

Father’s Day is almost upon us, so Hickory Farms has compiled a couple of fun ideas you can carry out for Dad! No matter where your dad’s interests lie, a personalized gift or a fun day filled with his favorite activities will remind him of your love and appreciation.

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  • Sometimes just spending quality family time together can be the best gift of all, especially for a family that’s always headed off in different directions. Plan an afternoon watching Dad’s favorite action thrillers. You can eat popcorn, order a pizza and let Dad control the remote all day long.
  • What’s your Dad’s passion? Does he love to root for the home team, or would he enjoy spending a day at an outdoor music festival? Maybe he loves drooling over antique cars or heading out on the lake. Whatever it is, arrange a day filled with his favorite activities and accompany him with a smile.

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  • Hickory Farms carries a variety of gift baskets any dad would appreciate, like our Timeless Traditions gift basket with a bottle of Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc, pears, apple, beef summer sausage and two different cheeses. Best of all, there’s enough to share with the rest of the family.
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  • Dad may even get a little sentimental if you make him a framed, personalized piece of art filled with photographs and other significant memorabilia. This might include a coaster imprinted with the name of his favorite beer, a ticket stub from a concert featuring his favorite band, the logo from his all-time favorite sports team . . . you know Dad best, so have fun choosing.
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  • Re-purpose Dad’s favorite threadbare T-shirt from college or Led Zepplin’s last tour into a keepsake pillow that’s super easy to make even if your sewing skills are pretty basic.

Whatever you decide to do to honor your father on his special day, he’ll feel the love and gratitude you have for him in your heart. Hickory Farms also honors military dads with a variety of gift baskets, as well as free shipping to APO and FPO addresses. Call 800.753.8558 to place your Father’s Day order today!