Featured Basket – Here’s to the Holidays: Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

Are you planning on hosting a holiday cocktail party? With two varieties of our signature sausage, four of our delicious cheeses, a jar of flavorful Sweet Hot Mustard and a bottle of bold Lucinda & Millie organic Cabernet Sauvignon, Hickory Farms’ Here’s to the Holidays basket  is the perfect addition to a fantastic holiday gathering.

An introduction to pairing wine with food

Pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms

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As a general rule, foods with more subtle flavor should be served with lighter wines, while bold or spicy foods should be served with robust wines.

Pairing wine with food from your basket

Gourmet sausage and cheese from Hickory Farms
When pairing a gourmet meat and cheese platter with wine, the most important thing to consider is balance. Each component should act in harmony with one another, bringing out additional complexities in the flavor profile.

Wine and cheese pairings are one of the easiest to master. Simply read the descriptions of each and look for similarities. The big flavors of your Cabernet, for example, will go well with salty, aged cow’s milk cheeses, such as our Farmhouse Cheddar Blend. If you really want to bring out the spicy notes in your wine, try pairing the Cabernet with our Jalapeño Cheddar Blend.

Although you may not see it often, wine and meats are another natural pairing.The appeal of this pairing comes from a sensation known as “mouth feel.” While wine leaves your mouth feeling astringent and slightly dry, the natural fats in meat add a complimentary soothing touch. To maximize this sensation, take a sip of your wine and hold it in your mouth for a moment. Follow this with a bite of Hickory Farms’ signature turkey or beef sausage to really wake up your taste buds.

Another factor to consider is texture. Foods with contrasting textures create greater interest. Top your salami with a piece of creamy Swiss cheese for a rich textural treat.

Pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms

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With these simple tips and pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms‘ Here’s to the Holiday’s gourmet sausage and cheese platter, your holiday party is sure to be a huge success!


Complete Your Thanksgiving Dinner with a Spiral Ham

 



 

 

Hickory Farms has been busy shipping our delicious holiday goodies to homes all across the United States in time for the upcoming holidays. And while there’s certainly always a place for a turkey on your dinner table, our Spiral Sliced Holiday Ham makes a wonderful addition to any party or family celebration. Here are some delicious recipes for side dishes that pair well with ham.

 

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A healthy alternative to the usual calorie-laden holiday dish is this Green Bean with Shallots and Hazelnuts recipe. It’s super easy to make and is a dish vegetable lovers and vegetarians will love. The hazelnuts give it a nice crunchy finish that even the pickiest eaters at the dinner table won’t be able to resist.

 

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This rich and creamy Two Cheese Squash Casserole makes good use of this classic fall vegetable. You can reduce the caloric load by substituting low- or no-fat sour cream and low-fat cheddar. You can also add some color by tossing in some sliced zucchini or adding another type of squash to the mix.

 

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A truly decadent Thanksgiving dish that is a side dish staple for many families during holiday celebrations is this Cornflake, Pecan and Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole. It’s sweet and delicious, and the cornflakes add a crunchy texture that blends well with the gooey marshmallows.

Whether you’re making the Thanksgiving feast or will be a guest at another’s table, you’re sure to be welcomed with open arms with one of these dishes. For an even more convenient option, consider bringing along one of our fully cooked, award-winning savory Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham with enclosed glaze mix!

The holiday party doesn’t start until Hickory Farms is in the house! Make this year’s gathering the best yet by ordering online for speedy home delivery, or by calling 800.753.8558. We also have convenient Holiday Market locations. Stop by to browse our market, so you can stock up on all-occasion delicacies and special holiday treats.

 

New Spring Gifts from Hickory Farms

The spring season is always an exciting time of year. As nature is bursting with color, we are bursting with energy to get outdoors and enjoy beautiful weather and our favorite spring season traditions. So to celebrate this vibrant time of year, Hickory Farms is offering new spring gifts to make the season even sweeter. It’s just our way of making this season burst with color, energy, and now flavor, too!

Each spring gift from Hickory Farms comes in a beautiful basket that was thoughtfully designed with bright spring colors and flavors that are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Made with only the freshest of ingredients, our spring gifts feature refreshing fruits, delicious snacks, and delectable treats that can take any spring activity from plain to perfectly delightful.

With The Spring Treats basket you can enjoy D’Anjou Pears, a Fuji Apple, a Navel Orange, Mixed Nuts, 2 Farmhouse Cheddar wedges, and Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers. You also get our famous Pastel Chocolate Dutch Mints and a Large Spring Flower Decorated Sugar Cookie for a nice sweet treat. 

The Spring Treats Basket from Hickory Farms

The Hickory Spring Reserve features a lot of the same delicious gourmet snacks and sweets including the Pastel Chocolate Dutch Mints and our cute, flower-shaped Sugar Cookie, but this beautiful basket also includes Kiwi Fruit, Roasted & Salted Pistachios and a bottle of Mirassou Chardonnay.

The Hickory Spring Reserve Basket from Hickory Farms

Our Bountiful Spring Tastings come in a beautiful basket filled to the brim with signature Hickory Farms gourmet goodies including Roasted & Salted Pistachios, Chocolate Covered Dried Strawberries, Lemon Crème Almonds, Mini Dried Fruit Tray, and a Large Spring Flower Decorated Sugar Cookie.

Our Bountiful Spring Tastings Basket from Hickory Farms

Our new spring gifts are perfect for welcoming a new neighbor or as a special way to wish someone a happy birthday. They make for wonderful graduation gifts and thank you gifts, too!

Who are you planning to surprise with spring colors and flavors this season?  Tell us in a comment below.