Delicious Lunch Ideas with Hickory Farms Pears & Cheddar

If you’re looking for a delicious combination of flavors, pears and cheddar cheese taste fantastic together, as the crisp, juicy pear really brings out the natural fruit notes of the cheese. Order a Hickory Farms Fruit & Cheese Fest Gift Box, so that you can try out these delicious pear and cheddar cheese lunch recipes at your home.

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Source: Hickory Farms

A rich and creamy soup

The brightness of the pear makes this decadent cheese soup pop. To create this dish, start by sauteeing potatoes, celery, onion, thyme, and your diced pear until everything has softened. Next, add a big splash of the white wine. Once you have cooked down the wine a bit, stir in chicken stock.

After 30 minutes, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Now, it is time to add handfuls of grated cheddar cheese, cream, and salt and pepper. Heat the soup until the cheese is melted.

A one-of-a-kind grilled cheese

This twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich will please eaters of all ages. First, you will want to preheat a griddle. Then, butter one side of two pieces of bread, before placing them butter-side down on the hot griddle. Top the bread with cheddar cheese, pears, and more cheese. Complete the sandwich with another slice of buttered bread. Once the cheese is starting to melt and the bread is turning golden brown, flip the sandwich to toast the other side.

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A super crunchy salad

For a salad your whole family will love, try this unique version of a Waldorf. In a large bowl, start by blending apple cider vinegar and honey with a little salt and pepper. Then, combine the vinaigrette with chopped apples and pears, slices of celery, and cubes of cheddar cheese. Finally, stir in a handful of pecans and serve the salad over a bed of lettuce.

The combination of crisp pears with creamy, decadent cheddar is a flavor profile that your whole family is sure to love. Bring home the Fruit and Cheese Fest basket today, and surprise everybody with a little something different for lunch this week.

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.

Fun Summer Sausage Snack Ideas

With its bold and delicious flavor, our Hickory Farms Summer Sausage can be eaten as a quick snack on its own, paired with cheese and crackers, or added to recipes for extra depth of flavor. Create treats that are great for anything from an after school snack to hors d’oeuvres for a fancy party with these Summer Sausage snack ideas.

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Source: Hickory Farms

An even bolder snack mix

With varied flavors, plenty of texture, and lots of crunch, a good snack mix is always a crowd pleaser. With just a few extra ingredients, you can transform an ordinary store bought snack mix into something truly special. 

Start by pouring a bag of your favorite snack mix into a large bowl. Then, add a couple cups of any flavor of popcorn, a handful of our Smoked Cheddar Blend cut into cubes, and  our Signature Beef Summer Sausage, also cut into cubes. Once all of the ingredients are in the bowl, simply stir it together and serve.

Make it fancy

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For a quick and easy appetizer that will fit into even the most elegant event, create a fun twist on an antipasti platter. To make this sophisticated presentation, simply layer green olives that have been marinated in herbs and lemon zest, slices of cheese, a piece of parsley, and a cube of our Signature Summer Sausage on a toothpick.

Everybody loves a good slider

If you seek something unexpected, try making a summer sausage mini sandwich. Start by pickling a bit of fennel in vinegar, salt, honey, and water. Meanwhile, grill your sausage until it has a bit of a char and is nice and crispy. Stack a couple summer sausages on top of one another and add a slice of your preferred cheese. Place the grilled  summer sausage onto slider buns and finish with the pickled fennel and a dab of mayonnaise with Sriracha and lime juice.

By keeping our Signature Beef Summer Sausage and creamy cheeses from Hickory Farms on hand, you will have everything you need to whip up a delicious snack in moments.