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!

Health Fix – Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes

Sticking to a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you have to give up eating delicious foods with bold flavors. You can enjoy a healthy and scrumptious meal any time of the day with some fantastic gluten-free recipes and a couple ingredients from our Hickory Farms gift baskets.

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Polenta with Eggs and Zucchini

Start your day off the right way with a delicious, gluten-free breakfast. Try making your own polenta by bringing a mix of milk and chicken broth to a boil before whisking in corn meal and allowing the mixture to thicken. Prior to removing it from the heat, shred a handful of our Farmhouse Cheddar Blend into the pan, and stir until melted and gooey.

In another skillet, start sautéing a mixture of zucchini, onions and rehydrated dried tomatoes, while poaching your eggs in a separate skillet. After you’re done cooking, start building a yummy breakfast by layering the polenta in a bowl with the veggies and eggs on top.

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Roasted Cabbage and Apples with Sausage

With just the right amount of sweet and savory, cabbage and sausage is a classic combination. Start by roasting chopped cabbage with a bit of vinegar, thyme, onion and a diced apple until the mixture is soft and wilted. 

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While the cabbage is cooking, cut our Signature Beef Summer Sausage into slices and brown them in a skillet. Finish this dish by arranging the sausage on top of the cabbage mixture and serving with a side of our Cranberry Mustard.

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Baked Tomatoes

For a simple, yet nutrient packed gluten-free dish, whip up these easy stuffed tomatoes. Start by cooking a few cups of quinoa, and then tossing in some green chilies, corn, a handful of our mixed nuts and a gracious amount of our Smoked Pepper Jack cheese. Then, simply stuff the mixture into a core-less and seedless tomato, and bake until it’s soft and the cheese is a nice golden brown.

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Sweet Potatoes

With tons of vitamins and minerals, sweet potatoes make a fantastic side. Simply slice the potatoes and roast. After you’re done, top the potatoes with our chopped Holiday Spiced Almonds and a bit of our Smoked Blue Cheese.

With these fantastic gluten-free recipes and a handful of ingredients from Hickory Farms, eating healthy has never tasted so good!