Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Sweet Hot Corned Beef & Cabbage

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, it is time to dress in green, decorate your home with shamrocks, and make a big pot of corned beef & cabbage. If you’ve never made your own corned beef, you may find that it is easier than you thought. Impress your guests with the authentic flavors of this Sweet Hot Mustard Corned Beef recipe using our Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard.

Prepare your beef

Although traditional corned beef is boiled, baking infuses the beef with tons of extra flavor. The recipe is so simple, you can easily try it both ways.

Start by removing the corned beef from the package. If you are baking the beef, just toss the spice packet, you will be adding plenty of flavor. As corned beef can be salty, you may want to boil the meat before baking to draw out some of the excess sodium.

After you have removed the beef from the water, place it with the fat side up on a piece of aluminum foil. Then, dot the beef with cloves and cover it with a nice layer of our Sweet Hot Mustard and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Wrap the beef in foil, and roast for two hours or until tender.

If you choose to boil the beef, simply add the spice packet to the water and simmer until cooked through. Before serving either version, add an extra touch of mustard.

Make your cabbage

Baked corned beef pairs wonderfully with sauteed cabbage. In a large pan, cook onions and garlic. Then, add thinly sliced green cabbage, and don’t touch it until the cabbage has begun to brown. When your veggies have a nice caramel color, give them a flip and and add salt and pepper to taste.

For a more traditional version, boil your cabbage. After removing the beef from the pot, simply add the cabbage and boil until tender.

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The bold and delicious flavor of our Sweet Hot Mustard adds a nice zesty note to your traditional St. Patrick’s Day feast. To make any holiday celebration more memorable, bring home some Hickory Farms today.

How to Plan a Fun Caroling Party (Go Caroling Day – Dec. 20)

The holidays are all about creating memories. For a unique way to celebrate this year, consider hosting a party steeped in tradition by inviting your friends over for a little caroling in the neighborhood. Take advantage of Go Caroling Day on December 20, and try these tips for planning a fun caroling party.

Getting ready to carol

A successful caroling party takes a bit of planning. A few weeks before the party begins, it is best to start practicing. Invite your friends over to search through classic holiday tunes and decide which songs you are going to sing. Try to select a good mix of classic and contemporary music. Print out a copy of the lyrics for each participant and decide who will sing each part.

Another important consideration for planning your celebration is the logistics of the caroling itself. Take some time to plan the route that you are going to take and how you will get from place to place. Keep in mind that you want to spend most of your time singing rather than walking or driving.

Bring along treats for the road

To keep your spirits up, pack a few snacks to enjoy between visits. For something that is easily portable, bring the Cranberry & Sesame Nut Mix from our Holiday Cravings Assortment Gift Box. If you are looking for a treat that is even more festive, fill thermoses with hot chocolate and pair it with our Peppermint Snow Mints.

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Plan the after-party

After you have finished your performance, invite everybody back to your home for some celebratory treats. For a simple snack that is easy to prepare, just slice the cheese and sausage from our Beef and Turkey Hickory Sampler gift box and arrange it on a platter with the included crackers. You will also want to be sure to have some warm drinks on hand, such as hot cider or mulled wine.

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With these tips and a few ingredients from Hickory Farms, throwing a fun caroling party couldn’t be easier.

Featured Basket: Holiday Treasure Chest

With the holidays just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about your gift list. From a favorite teacher to your best friend, a thoughtful holiday present makes everybody feel special. This year, give the gift of great food and wonderful   memories with our featured Holiday Treasure Chest basket.

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The Gift Box

The first thing that your lucky gift recipient will notice when you present him or her with the Holiday Treasure Chest basket is the beautiful box. Decorated with a lively holiday motif, the gift box is the perfect place to store holiday decorations, keepsakes, or other mementos.

Inside the box, you will find a delicious assortment of treats. With a selection of sweet
and savory delicacies, the contents of the Holiday Treasure Chest is sure to suit everybody’s tastes.

Serving Suggestions

The Holiday Treasure Chest has everything that you need for a festive celebration. Start by slicing pieces of our Turkey Summer Sausage, Beef Summer Sausage, and Smoked Gouda Blend, and arrange the slices in layers on a decorative platter. To really make the flavors pop, accompany your meat and cheese with crackers, veggies, and a side of the Sweet Hot Mustard that you will also find in the basket.

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When your guests are ready for a sweet treat, our featured Holiday Treasure Chest basket provides them with two great options. For something that is a nice mix of sweet and salty, the Peanut Brittle Popcorn offers a great combination of flavors. If you prefer a treat that is cool and refreshing, our Peppermint Snow Mints are just the thing. With so many delicious treats combined in one gourmet basket, the Holiday Treasure Chest truly offers something for everybody.

Featuring gourmet items beautifully wrapped in a keepsake box, the Holiday Treasure Chest is the perfect gift for anybody on your holiday list. If you are looking for more ideas for great gifts this year, be sure to take a look at the beautiful selection of custom gift baskets available at Hickory Farms.