Hickory Farms Favorite Recipes from Our Associates

Here at Hickory Farms, we love coming up with new recipes using our fantastic ingredients. Now, we would like to share some of the best meals we have developed with you. Try out our delicious dishes at your home with these Hickory Farms favorite recipes.

Ham and Smoked Cheddar Panini

Source: Hickory Farms

Source: Hickory Farms

Our Social Media Specialist, Alana, came up with this sweet and savory sandwich that combines classic flavors in a whole new way. Starting with two slices of crusty French bread, add a nice coat of our tangy Sweet Hot Mustard. Then, top the bread with our HoneyGold Ham, arugula, and our Smoked Cheddar Blend. Finish by placing the sandwich in a press until the cheese melts.

Grandma’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Source: Hickory Farms

Source: Hickory Farms

There’s no dish quite as comforting as good macaroni and cheese. This creamy and decadent version comes from our Brand Marketing Manager, Maria.

Start by cooking the macaroni until it is al dente. In a separate pot, combine evaporated milk with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then, add in two eggs and a couple sticks of butter. Finish the sauce with our shredded Farmhouse Cheddar and Mission Jack Blend, along with Velveeta and hot pepper cheese spread. Layer the macaroni and noodles into a casserole dish, top with more cheese and evaporated milk, and bake.

Steak with Sweet Hot Mustard Wine Sauce

Source: Hickory Farms

Source: Hickory Farms

This rich sauce from Jeremy, our Director of Technical Operations, is so decadent, you won’t believe how easy it is to make.

Generously salt and pepper our Pfaelzer Brothers New York Strip Steaks before searing them in a hot pan. Once the steaks have a nice color, add a pat of butter and place them in the oven.

For the sauce, brown chopped shallots and mushrooms in butter before deglazing the pan with a red wine from our gift baskets. Allow the wine to reduce, then add our Sweet Hot Mustard and a bit of butter.

Our associates have developed some great recipes for you to sample. Whether you use their recipes or create your own, Hickory Farms’ high-quality ingredients offer tons of possibilities.

Succulent Grilled Lobster Tail Recipes for the Grill

With a subtle sweetness and rich flavor, no matter how you cook it, lobster is always delicious, but you can’t go wrong by adding a little smokiness on the grill. Experience lobster in a whole new way with our Pfaelzer Brothers Premium Lobster Tails and these keys to great grilled lobster.

Source: Hickory Farms

Source: Hickory Farms

Getting Ready for Grilling

The first step is making sure that your lobster tail is properly prepared for the grill. First, lay the tail shell-side up on a cutting board. Then, using a sharp knife, slice down the center of the lobster shell, taking care not to cut all the way through the meat. Finish by folding the shell back at the slice, exposing the delicious meat inside.

Once your lobster is ready, add your own personal touch with these lobster tail recipes for the grill.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Accentuate the Lobster Flavor

Let the lobster speak for itself, and keep it simple with a marinade of olive oil, chives, garlic, and salt and pepper.

Lobster also works wonderfully with fruity flavors. For a unique sauce, make one out of nectarines and limes by pureeing the fruit and lime juice together with olive oil, salt, and a bit of habanero pepper.

Add Some Heat

If you are craving a little taste of the islands, you will love a jerk version of your lobster. To make your own spicy jerk sauce, start by sauteeing garlic, ginger, a scotch bonnet pepper, and scallions. Then, add some Caribbean spice with allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. For extra depth of flavor, finish with chicken stock, soy sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar. Spoon the sauce over the lobster while grilling and serve with coconut rice.

For an upscale twist on classic pub food, try lobster nachos. After grilling your lobster, roughly chop the meat. Then layer the lobster onto tortilla chips with salsa and our Farmhouse Cheddar. Finish the nachos by melting the cheese under a broiler.

No matter how you top it, grilled lobster is a truly special treat. Make a decadent meal in no time by ordering our Caribbean Premium Lobster Tails from Pfaelzer Brothers.

Tasty Memorial Day BBQ Meals to Try this Spring

Memorial Day is all about spending time with friends and family. Over the years, picnics have become an important part of the annual tradition. Be the star of the feast this summer by preparing these fun Memorial Day BBQ meals with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Toast the Traditions gift box.

Source: Hickory Farms

Source: Hickory Farms

Start with an appetizer

When enjoying time with friends and family, you don’t want to rush. Instead of cooking right away, put out a nice appetizer to nibble on while your guests chat.

For a snack that is simple to prepare and can be made ahead of time, try a sausage and cheese platter. Start by removing the casing from our Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage, and cut the sausage into thin pieces. Then, slice our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend into cubes. Place the cheese and sausage on a platter with slices of our Fuji Apples and Crown Comice Pears to give your guests plenty of possible flavor combinations.

Make an unexpected entree

While most picnics feature hot dogs and hamburgers, you can make yours a bit more elegant with a delicious salmon bake. For this simple recipe, start by making a crust for the fish by mixing a cup of our diced pistachios from the gift box with brown sugar, dill, black pepper, and lemon juice. Spoon the mixture onto your salmon, and bake until the fish flakes. For a nice final touch, serve your guests a glass of the La Crema Chardonnay. With its citrus notes, the wine is a perfect pairing for the salmon.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

End with a delicious dessert

The mixed nuts from the basket can quickly be transformed into a yummy nut bar. Start by making a crust out of flour, brown sugar, salt, and butter, and press the mixture into a pan. Then, melt down butterscotch chips and butter with a little corn syrup. Place the nuts on the crust, pour the butterscotch mixture over the top, and bake.

With the Toast the Traditions basket from Hickory Farms, you have everything you need for a great Memorial Day picnic, from start to finish.