An Alfresco Affair – Outdoor Party Ideas

Summer is the perfect time to throw an alfresco affair! This summer, let loose and have fun enjoying old friends’ company and the pleasure of making new acquaintances. Hickory Farms has found a few great ideas you can use to make your next get-together the soirée of the summer.

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  • You can enhance your outdoor ambiance with colored paper lanterns, or strands of lights, strung through backyard trees or bushes. And to adjust the grooves for every mood, we followed the lead of Los Angeles-based party planner and photographer Amy Neunsinger. She uses the music service Sonos to play different tunes in separate party areas, all controlled by a click of her Smartphone.

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  • Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham pairs beautifully on a platter alongside some lightly grilled fruit. The tropical delights of mango and kiwi in our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box make a fresh and light dessert. Just add a sprig of rosemary for some additional flair!
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  • Keep all your treats together on an attractive appetizer tray, so your decor looks organized and put-together. Plus, you’ll have plenty of room on this tray for our Hickory Farms Mustard Variety Pack and a wide selection of cheeses.
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  • Let guests build their own wraps with different kinds of tortillas, shredded lettuce or spinach, Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, cucumbers and olives. For meat lovers, shred some grilled chicken and add it to the veggie mix. Then, top it with a little olive oil, if you desire.

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Hickory Farms also has a great selection of wine gifts that are perfect to serve at any summer gathering with friends. They also make wonderful hostess gifts for the thoughtful guest to have on hand for spur-of-the-moment invitations that come so frequently when the weather warms up. 

Ordering from Hickory Farms couldn’t be any easier. Just a few clicks of your mouse will have your order shipped right to your door. Or, you can place your order by phone at 800.752.8558.

Delectable Turkey Sausage Appetizers for Turkey Lovers Month

Whether you prefer it smoked, baked or fried, turkey makes for a delicious component of any meal. With Turkey Lovers Month upon us this June, it’s time to celebrate this yummy poultry with some new turkey sausage recipes. You can add some new dishes to your repertoire with these bold and flavorful ideas.

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Apple Butter and Turkey Sausage Rolls

If you’re looking for a burst of flavor, these elegant and portable hors d’oeuvres fit the ticket. Start by thawing out a puff pastry, dusting it with flour and then cutting the roll into pieces. Afterwards, brush some apple butter over each piece before adding slices of our Turkey Summer Sausage and a sprinkle of our Farmhouse Cheddar. Finish everything off by rolling the pastry and baking until golden brown.

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Turkey Crescent

This fun version of a turkey wrap is sure to be a family hit. Start by sauteeing onion, celery and turkey sausage in a pan before adding a can of cream of mushroom soup. Simply spoon the mixture onto croissant dough, roll it up and bake for 8 to 9 minutes. 

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Turkey Cigars

These cigars make for a fun twist on a classic combination — turkey and cranberry. In a skillet, mix together the sausage, shredded Mission Jack Blend cheese, parsley, walnuts, a dollop of honey and a bit of mustard. Brush some phyllo dough with butter, add the mixture, roll and bake. Serve your Turkey Cigars with our Cranberry Mustard for dipping and an extra burst of flavor.

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Cheese and Sausage Appetizers

These slightly spicy appetizers can add a little something special to your bread course. Start by combining our Smoked Cheddar Blend with butter, flour, salt and a dash of cayenne pepper before mixing in the sausage. Roll the dough into small balls and place on a baking sheet. You can enjoy these yummy little biscuits fresh out of the oven.

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With these four great turkey recipes and Hickory Farms’ delectable Turkey Summer Sausage, you can cook up a truly delicious feast for Turkey Lovers Month.

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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Source: Bon Appétit

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!