Gourmet Lunch Box – Delicious Sandwich Ideas

Composed of gourmet meat, cheese and freshly baked bread, sandwiches are a simple and delicious option for a fast lunch on the go. With the help of our Hickory Farms gift baskets and a few simple tips, you can whip up delectable sandwiches in moments. Try these five recipes and transform a simple lunch into a gourmet experience.

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You can bring to mind images of the French countryside with Open Faced Cornichon Butter Sandwiches. Starting with a nice crusty baguette, roughly chop a handful of cornichons, a small, tart European pickle and mix everything into fresh butter. Spread the mixture on half of your baguette and top with thin slices of our Signature Beef Summer Sausage.

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If you’re looking for a grown up version of grilled cheese, try a Balsamic Strawvocado. Just add mashed avocado and slices of strawberries to two pieces of toasted wheat bread and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. Top with our Farmhouse Cheddar and Peppercorn Cheese Round and place in a skillet until it’s melted and gooey.

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Bring home the tropics with a spicy fish sandwich. Coat your fish in cornmeal and Cajun seasoning before pan frying. Then, using a kaiser roll, stack the fish, some shredded cabbage, cilantro and tomato, along with a spread of our Honey and Pineapple Mustard.

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Jazz up a deli sandwich with homemade onion relish. Cook down red onion in olive oil and red wine vinegar and toss with fresh herbs. Finish by layering our Turkey Summer Sausage, our Sweet Hot Mustard and relish on thickly-sliced bread.

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For a delicious sweet and savory treat that really takes the traditional cheese sandwich to the next level, try a Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Sandwich. Slice a baguette in half and spread each side with fig jam and slices of our Smoked Gouda cheese. Place the sandwich under the broiler until the cheese melts and the bread is a nice golden color. Finish with a sprinkle of arugula.


With these simple recipes and the gourmet meats and cheeses from Hickory Farms’ Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box, you can turn an ordinary sandwich into something truly special.

Favorite Recipes for Summery Fruit Cocktails

Whether you’re having an outdoor get together with neighbors and friends or just relaxing poolside with the family, nothing says summertime like fruity cocktails made with fresh Hickory Farms fruits. Try some of these fruity drink recipes that are sure to delight and refresh this summer.
This Indian Summer Cup, packed full of apples and other fruits floating amidst an ambrosial mix of liqueur, gin and tonic water is perfect when the mercury rises and the humidity is high. Enjoy a citrusy Orange Splash and garnish with a juicy slice of a fresh-cut orange. Or, jazz up a traditional rum punch with freshly squeezed orange juice for a tasty infusion of Vitamin C.

How about an invigorating cocktail with a kick? These Mango Jalapeno Margaritas have a tasty tropical flavor with a surprising hint of spiciness for a fabulous zesty treat. We also like the sound of this exotic Mango Colada that is sure to be delicious and smooth.

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Mango Jalapeno Margaritas
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Stir up some succulent Beachcombers, a light mix of yummy banana liqueur mingled with pear nectar and splashed with lemon over ice. You can’t go wrong with the Lucky Pear, a sweet medley of Bartlett pears, vanilla vodka and other ingredients would also make for a special treat. This particular cocktail was first mixed at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas! Maybe sipping on one of these will bring you some summer luck!

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The Beachcomber
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For an especially sophisticated summer cocktail, try these Kiwi Martinis, a modern take on a classic libation. Or, mix up a batch of Brazilian Kiwi Caiprioskas muddled with diced kiwi and mint leaves and garnished with an extra slice of kiwi.

No matter which cocktails you choose for your next summer gathering, you can always count on the fresh fruit selection at Hickory Farms. Then, you can pair your cool, fruity drinks with a spread of our award-winning sausage and cheese. It’s the perfect finger food for outdoor entertaining! Stay a while and browse our blog for more delectable ideas to make your next menu or gathering pop.