5 Spectacular Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner

While turkey may be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner, it can’t truly shine without a few tasty accompaniments. Modernized side dishes can give your family celebration a unique (and scrumptious!) twist. Wow your family’s taste buds this year with these five spectacular side dishes inspired by Hickory Farms gourmet turkey sausage.

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Seasonal Produce

Celebrate your region’s seasonal bounty with a vegetable dish that will make you thankful for this year’s harvest. Simply roast a collection of fall produce, like squash and beets, and toss the veggies in vinaigrette made with our Honey & Pineapple Mustard, lemon juice and maple syrup.

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Zesty Cranberry Sauce

Gourmet turkey just doesn’t taste as good without a side of cranberry sauce. Make a delicious dish for your table by cooking down fresh berries with port, orange liqueur and a pinch of zest from our Navel Oranges.

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Modern Ambrosia

Although ambrosia salad has long been a staple on Thanksgiving tables across the country, you can give yours a modern twist by adding slices of grapefruit, Navel Oranges, celery and avocado. Serve the salad over arugula and then top it with a coconut-based dressing and our mixed nuts.

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Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Whether you stuff your bird or serve it on the side, delicious dressing is a necessity. Spice yours up by replacing the croutons with cornbread and flavoring with fennel, spinach and pieces of our Turkey Summer Sausage.

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Cheddar Biscuits

Make your bread course a special treat by featuring some cheese. Simply mix a handful of our grated Farmhouse Cheddar into the biscuit mix and add a little pinch of cayenne to give your biscuits an extra burst of flavor.

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For a great Thanksgiving meal your family will rave about, simply pair these five side dishes, featuring ingredients from our Turkey Hickory Sampler Gift Box, with a gourmet turkey or ham, and your feast is ready.

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.

Get Your Kid’s Morning Started Off Right

We all want our kids to start each day off with a healthy breakfast in their belly. However, on chaotic mornings, this is much easier said than done. Send your kids to school ready to learn with full tummies by whipping up one of these delicious and conveniently portable breakfast recipes.

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The Traditional

For a classic breakfast treat, try making an egg and cheese sandwich. In a pan, add your eggs and cover until it’s cooked to your preference. Then, melt our Farmhouse cheddar on halved English muffins, and top it with the eggs.

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Kicked up

For kids with a more refined palette, add a nice twist to their traditional ham and cheese sandwich with a few sweet and savory additions. Prepare this flavorful sandwich using the classic recipe above and swap the Farmhouse cheddar for our Jalapeno Cheddar Blend to add a little spice. For a slight sweet element, top each English muffin with a layer of mango chutney.

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The Braid

A braided sandwich stuffed with breakfast goodies is a protein-packed treat that can be prepared ahead of time. Begin by unrolling refrigerated pizza dough. Then, sauté an onion until transparent before adding slices of our Turkey Summer Sausage to the pan. Mix in eggs, cooking until set, and top with our Smoked Gouda.

Place the filling on half of the dough, then cut the other half into three pieces and braid it over the filling, tucking under the ends before baking.

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Breakfast Wrap

No matter how big of a hurry you’re in, you’ll always have time to make a quick breakfast wrap. Simply scramble a few eggs and throw in some veggies, a bit of our gourmet ham and a dash of our Smoked Bacon & Cheddar. Top with our Sweet Hot Mustard and serve in a whole wheat tortilla.

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With these savory breakfast recipes, complete with our delicious Hickory Farms ingredients, your kids can start their day off on the right foot every morning.