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.

 

March is National Peanut Month!

March is National Peanut Month, and here at Hickory Farms, we like to promote the health benefits of a wholesome diet supplemented by tasty nuts. Here are some of our favorite “health nut” facts that may surprise you.

 

Weight Control

A study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that those choosing to add nuts to their daily diet don’t have to limit their consumption of tasty snacks in order to drop pounds and lose inches. Nuts are satisfying to eat and are nutritionally dense and high in fiber. As a result, your body metabolizes them slowly, making you feel fuller, longer.

 

Heart Healthy Foods

Eating nuts is also a great way to promote cardiovascular health. Research conducted at Harvard indicates that healthy men and those recovering from heart attack both benefit from eating peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and Brazil nuts. Additionally, your immune system gets a welcome boost from high levels of magnesium and vitamins B and E if you eat almonds while experiencing stress.

 

Cancer Preventative

The American Association for Cancer Research has found that vitamin E in pistachios can be a cancer preventative. Vitamin E also prevents cognitive decline in senior citizens. High levels of folate in peanuts can also improve overall neural health, an important component in staving off dementia.

Peanuts – a Good Source of Antioxidants

Many people are surprised to learn that peanuts contain at least as many antioxidants as strawberries and blackberries, and far more than beets, carrots and apples. Peanuts are also a source of resveratrol, another antioxidant that helps us battle heart disease, cancer, degenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and even some fungal and viral infections.

 

Introduce some healthy alternatives to your family’s snacking this spring. Hickory Farms Sweet & Salty Nut Sampler is packed with savory salted cashews and mixed nuts, along with chocolate-covered peanuts, butter toffee and honey roasted peanuts and cranberry and sesame nut mix.

To place your order, call 800.753.8558, or order online at www.hickoryfarms.com 24 hours a day.

 

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!