Serve Up a Mouth-Watering Pecan Pie – 3 Different Ways!

Although pecans are great when tossed into salads, mixed into trail mix and crusted on chicken – they always seem to taste better when baked into a mouth-watering pie. Since Pecan Pie Day is coming up on July 12, now’s the perfect time to bake your very own pie! Invite your friends over for a tasty celebration and prepare a classic version of this decadent treat, or put a fun twist on the traditional recipe with our Hickory Farms mixed nuts.

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The Classic

For pecan pie purists, go with the traditional, old-fashioned southern recipe. Start by preparing basic pie dough and forming it into a round pie pan. Crimp the edges of the dough for a nice, clean presentation. Then, place the dough into the refrigerator and allow it to firm up.

Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, melt butter before whisking in some brown sugar until the mixture is smooth. Then, add corn syrup, vanilla, a little salt and a pinch of orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix three beaten eggs into the butter mixture. Finally, add your pecans to the crust, top with the rest of the ingredients and then bake.

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Source: Jennifer Davick via Southern Living

Pecan Cheesecake Pie

If you’re looking for a texturally-rich treat, try combining smooth, creamy cheesecake with the crunch of pecans. After preparing your pie crust, mix together cream cheese, an egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour the mixture into your crust and top with chopped nuts. For a nice, crispy topping, pour a mixture of corn syrup, egg, vanilla and sugar over the top before baking.

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Source: Southern Living

Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate lovers will adore this rich and decadent pie that only requires moments to make. Prepare the pie following the classic recipe, but mix a heaping handful of chocolate morsels in with the pecans. Then, add a few splashes of bourbon to the corn syrup mixture before baking the pie.

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With these delectable pecan pie recipes made with nuts from Hickory Farms’ Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin, Pecan Pie Day might become your new favorite holiday.

Featured Basket – Hickory Tropical Delight

When searching for the perfect gift for a special occasion, you can go the traditional route with a bouquet of flowers, or you can give a gift your friends and family will be able to enjoy for weeks to come. Whether it be for a wedding, baby shower, birthday, anniversary, or holiday, your loved ones are bound to gravitate towards a beautiful and delicious gift basket. With one of our Hickory Farms gift baskets; everyone can enjoy a great assortment of sweet treats, yummy snacks, delicious cheeses and a few fun surprises. Our Hickory Tropical Delight basket is the perfect basket for all occasions. 

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Sweet treats meet savory eats

No matter whether your friends or family prefer sweet or savory snacks, they’re sure to find plenty to love in this diverse basket. Cheese fans are in for a treat, as the basket includes both our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar. You can serve these cheeses with our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers for a quick hors d’oeuvre.

Fresh fruits bring out new nuances of flavor when paired with a delicious cheese. You can complete a fabulous cheese plate with slices of our D’Anjou Pears, Red D’Anjou Pears, Navel Oranges, Kiwi Fruit and Fuji Apples. For an extra burst of protein, grab a handful of our Roasted & Salted Pistachios or Mixed Nuts.

If you’re looking for something a little decadent, this basket definitely delivers. Your family will love indulging in our Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Pastel Chocolate Dutch Mints. Any lucky bride or birthday girl will love our extra festive and brightly colored flower-shaped sugar cookie.

A little something extra special

With this generous basket, you’ll also receive a bottle of Mirassou Chardonnay. Boasting refined flavors and a smooth finish, this easy drinking Chardonnay is the perfect finish to a delightful basket.

To truly customize your basket, add in a couple of your own additions, such as a couple baby outfits, an engraved frame, or just a nice card. With so many different treats, the Hickory Tropical Delight is a great gift for celebrations of all types. 

Health Fix – Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes

Sticking to a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you have to give up eating delicious foods with bold flavors. You can enjoy a healthy and scrumptious meal any time of the day with some fantastic gluten-free recipes and a couple ingredients from our Hickory Farms gift baskets.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Polenta with Eggs and Zucchini

Start your day off the right way with a delicious, gluten-free breakfast. Try making your own polenta by bringing a mix of milk and chicken broth to a boil before whisking in corn meal and allowing the mixture to thicken. Prior to removing it from the heat, shred a handful of our Farmhouse Cheddar Blend into the pan, and stir until melted and gooey.

In another skillet, start sautéing a mixture of zucchini, onions and rehydrated dried tomatoes, while poaching your eggs in a separate skillet. After you’re done cooking, start building a yummy breakfast by layering the polenta in a bowl with the veggies and eggs on top.

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Source: Bon Appétit

Roasted Cabbage and Apples with Sausage

With just the right amount of sweet and savory, cabbage and sausage is a classic combination. Start by roasting chopped cabbage with a bit of vinegar, thyme, onion and a diced apple until the mixture is soft and wilted. 

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While the cabbage is cooking, cut our Signature Beef Summer Sausage into slices and brown them in a skillet. Finish this dish by arranging the sausage on top of the cabbage mixture and serving with a side of our Cranberry Mustard.

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Source: Romulo Yanes via My Recipes

Baked Tomatoes

For a simple, yet nutrient packed gluten-free dish, whip up these easy stuffed tomatoes. Start by cooking a few cups of quinoa, and then tossing in some green chilies, corn, a handful of our mixed nuts and a gracious amount of our Smoked Pepper Jack cheese. Then, simply stuff the mixture into a core-less and seedless tomato, and bake until it’s soft and the cheese is a nice golden brown.

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Source: Bon Appétit

Sweet Potatoes

With tons of vitamins and minerals, sweet potatoes make a fantastic side. Simply slice the potatoes and roast. After you’re done, top the potatoes with our chopped Holiday Spiced Almonds and a bit of our Smoked Blue Cheese.

With these fantastic gluten-free recipes and a handful of ingredients from Hickory Farms, eating healthy has never tasted so good!