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.

After School Snack Ideas

With school just around the corner again, it’s time to start planning for some energizing after school snack recipes for your kids. The perfect treat should be able to hold your hungry students over until dinnertime. For a light meal that’s sure to please your little ones, whip up one of these delicious post-school snack recipes!

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Grilled Cheese Bites

For a fun twist on the classic cheese sandwich, try making these miniature grilled cheeses. Start by cutting up large slices delicious cheese, such as our Smoked Gouda, Farmhouse Cheddar, or Parmesan Herb Blend. Then, in a shallow dish, crush up a handful of our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers and mix the cracker crumbs with Italian seasoning and pepper. In a second bowl, use a whisk to beat an egg until fluffy.

Next, coat your cheese in the egg mixture before rolling the slices in the cracker crumbs. Then, place the cheese slices on a grill pan and cook until slightly melted and gooey. For extra flavor, serve with warm marinara for dipping.

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Cracker Sandwiches

For a tiny bite that packs in a ton of flavor, make a cracker club sandwich. Start by slicing our HoneyGold Ham and our Smoked Cheddar Blend into small pieces. Then, simply layer the ham and cheese onto our crackers along with a dab of our Sweet Hot Mustard.

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Cheese and Fruit Stacks

Cheese and fruit are a perfect pairing your kids will be sure to enjoy. For a fun DIY snack, cut up an assortment of cheeses along with a selection of fresh fruits, such as Red Bartlett Pears, Fuji Apples, Yellow Nectarines, and White Peaches. Finish this healthy platter off with a heaping helping of our crackers.

After you’re done preparing, you can show your kids how they can make their own snacks by topping their crackers with a variety of cheese and fruit. Your kids will have a blast discovering their favorite combinations.

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By preparing one of these three fun and healthy recipes, your kids will love coming home for their afternoon snack. With Hickory Farms’ gourmet fruits and nuts, you can transform a normal after school snack into something truly delicious.