Great Seasonal Produce for Spring Recipes

Along with sunshine and flowers, springtime also brings delicious, fresh-from-the-garden produce. With their juicy, crispy texture, fresh fruits and veggies can help take your dishes to the next level. Celebrate the return of the growing season with Hickory Farms and these fantastic ideas for spring recipes.

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As one of the very first crops of the year, asparagus is your sign that spring has truly arrived. Cheer on this milestone with a simple dish that allows the subtle flavor of asparagus to shine through. Just bake a little prosciutto until it’s nice and crispy and sauté the asparagus in olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the two together and serve with a crisp white wine, like the Bogle Sauvignon Blanc from our Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box.

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Whether you harvest your own wild onions or pick some up at the local farmers’ market, spring onions are an important part of seasonal cuisine. Transform yours into a creamy spring onion soup by cooking down your mixed onions with fennel, salt and pepper until tender. Then, mix in wine and cream before pureeing. You can add an extra depth of flavor by melting our Peppercorn White Cheddar over the top of this dish.

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Bright, tangy and perfectly sweet, fresh local strawberries are only around for a limited time. Start your meal off right by enjoying some spring berries with a sweet and savory salad. In a large bowl, simply toss together fresh spinach, sliced berries, a handful of our Mixed Nuts and some homemade poppy seed dressing.

 

Early and late spring brings the perfect weather for fresh greens. Savor this seasonal delicacy with a wholesome and satisfying meal that works well with any green. Simply combine the greens of your choice, such as mustard, chard, or collard, with white beans, fresh tomatoes and gnocchi. Add the finishing touch with a sprinkle of our Harvest Vegetable White Cheddar Blend.

Cooking with fresh spring produce is the perfect way to brighten up your dinner table. Finish your delicious seasonal dishes with a few extra texture and flavor components such as fresh ground pepper, such as fresh ground pepper, for a true seasonal delicacy.

 

Pairing Wine with Spring Foods

One of our favorite things to do at Hickory Farms is to pair exceptional wines with delicious treats for the perfect sweet and savory taste experience. We’ve come up with a few tips to help our loyal customers pair their favorite spring foods with the perfect wines.

Spring is a transitional season for wines. Heavier reds enjoyed during winter holiday feasts give way to lighter, fruitier wines to accompany the season. Below are some suggestions you can try at your own table.

 

A traditional Easter dinner with baked ham is best complemented with the soft tannins and red raspberry notes of the Clos du Bois Pinot Noir from our All the Cellar’s Best basket.

 

Another perennial Easter favorite is roast leg of lamb. The gaminess of lamb blends best with the smooth and refined flavors of the Cabernet Sauvignon from our Hickory Celebration Feast basket.

 

The fruitiness of a La Crema Chardonnay makes it an ideal choice with mild cheeses like Hickory Farms Apple Smoked Cheddar. It also pairs nicely with seafood dishes, pasta and poultry.

 

White asparagus shoots are a wonderful side dish for a brunch omelette on a leisurely spring weekend. Pair them with a cold glass of Bogle Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc and a slice of artisanal classic cheddar cheese.

 

A simple but delicious springtime dessert is strawberries in cream. To finish this off, you need a sweet dessert wine with a citrusy hint like our Kendall-Jackson Vitner’s Reserve Chardonnay.

We’ve made your wine pairing choices easy with Hickory Farms Wine Gifts. Sample several different varieties and decide which one is your favorite. We make ordering a breeze with several options. Just call 800.753.8558, order online or find a store near you. Take a little time this spring to treat yourself to your favorite reds and whites!

 

Hosting Tips for an Entertaining Oscar Night Party

Every year, the Oscars bring a night of true Hollywood glitz and glamor to our televisions. Rather than letting the stars have all of the fun this year, why don’t you use the Oscars as a great opportunity to host your own fabulous gala? Plan a red carpet event your friends won’t forget with the help of Hickory Farms and these simple entertaining tips.

 

Planning the food and drinks

As with any good party, food and drinks are key components of a successful Oscars gathering. Break out your finest China and champagne flutes and prepare a buffet featuring refined treats, such as a platter of Hickory Farms Smoked and Farmhouse Cheddars, accompanied by Golden Toasted Crackers from our Red Ribbon Treat.

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Next, add a couple refined hors d’oeuvres. Try stuffing green olives with our Hickory Farms Reserve Smoked blue cheese before drizzling the olives with fresh rosemary and olive oil, or take meatballs to the next level by adding a crust made of Hickory Farms mixed nuts.

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For a fun cocktail theme, stick with red drinks, such as cherry sangria, to match the red carpet. Starting with the Hahn Pinot Noir from our basket, simply add orange juice, sweet cherries, cherry syrup and orange liqueur.

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Preparing your home

To give your party real Hollywood drama, you have to set the scene. Make your home feel like a true A-list gathering with elegant accents, such as large bouquets of flowers, stunning hanging lights, and plenty of candlelight. For the total Oscar experience, find a long red rug or piece of fabric to make your very own red carpet.

Another important part of staging your party is determining the dress code. For an extra special event, ask your friends to come in their finest formal clothing. When they arrive, make your guests feel like the stars that they are by taking their pictures and conducting mock interviews on the red carpet.

By combining these simple decorating ideas and entertaining tips with the delicious cheeses and wine found in our Red Ribbon Treat, you can create an Oscar-worthy experience that’s sure to become an annual tradition.