Quick Recipes to Celebrate National Pecan Month

April is officially National Pecan Month, and Hickory Farms is excited to share some interesting facts about this delicious nut — and, of course — a few yummy pecan treats you can whip up in celebration.

 

Before you start baking, refresh your pecan knowledge with these fun facts:

 

  • Pecans are super healthy for you. Not only do pecans contain more antioxidants than any other nut, they also contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals.
  • Since theU.S.produces more than 80 percent of the world’s pecans, this nut is truly an American food.
  • When choosing your pecans, you have options. This nut ranges in size from mammoth to midget. There are more than 1,000 unique varieties.
  • Every day, shellers process more than 150,000 pounds of pecans. This is enough to make 300,000 delicious pies!

Source: Taste of Home

Now that you know the facts, it’s time to put your pecans to use with some decadent dishes, starting with a Pecan-Chutney Cheese Spread. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, curry powder, dry mustard and mango chutney. Then, mix in chopped pecans, green onion and toasted coconut. Afterwards, serve with crackers and assorted fruits.

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What could be better than combining bacon and pecans? Enjoy this delicious combination with a fun twist on Bacon-Wrapped Figs. Start by stirring a handful of basil into a log of goat cheese. Then, cut figs in half and top with a scoop of cheese and a piece of pecan. Finally, wrap with a slice of bacon and bake.

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For a little something sweet, try an Apple-Pecan Pie Cobbler. Simply cook down the apples with butter and corn syrup. Then, divide the apple mixture into individual ramekins. Finish by topping with muffin mix, chopped pecans and baking until golden brown.

With these simple recipes and some fun facts, you’ll be celebrating National Pecan Month with flavor and flair. You can enjoy our delicious pecans with other fine nuts, including almonds and cashews, by grabbing Hickory Farms’ Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin today. Visit www.hickoryfarms.com for more information about our delectable treats.

Make Our Holiday Ham the Star of Your Easter Dinner!

 

With the perfect combination of smoky, salty and sweet, gourmet ham is a fantastic addition to your spring feast. Since it works so well with a variety of flavors, customizing your ham with sauces and sides to suit your tastes couldn’t be easier. Make our Hickory Farms’ Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham the true star of the show with these simple tips.

A slightly sweet glaze is the perfect way to accentuate the natural sweetness of the Ham. For a delicious and unique sweet and savory combination, try topping your ham with a Cherries Jubilee – Black Pepper Glaze. Simply mix together black cherry preserves, chicken stock, a dash of brandy, a splash of cider vinegar and a bit of ground pepper. Heat the mixture in a saucepan until reduced, and pour over your ham before warming.

 

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If you’re looking for a main dish that’s just a little spicy, try basting your gourmet ham with a fiery Fresh Peach Chutney. Simply cook down fresh peaches with sweet onion, brown sugar, a bit of balsamic vinegar and a touch of spicy Jamaican jerk seasoning.

 

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Sharp mustard and smoky ham is a natural pairing. Enjoy this delicious combination by topping your ham with a Sherry-Orange Dijon Sauce. Simply simmer brown sugar, garlic, nutmeg and orange juice with sherry, golden raisins, orange zest, and, of course,Dijon mustard.

 

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Once you’ve decided on the sauce for your ham, it’s time to round out your meal with sides that will perfectly complement your delicious main dish. Ham and apples pair wonderfully together, making Apple-Pear Salad a perfect side dish. Just toss together apples, pears, lettuce, Swiss cheese, nuts from Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin and dried cranberries. Afterwards, add some lemon-poppy seed dressing.

 

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Another springtime dish that will taste perfect with your gourmet ham is Roasted Fingerlings and Green Beans with Creamy Tarragon Dressing. Simply roast local fingerling potatoes, blanch your beans and mix with the dressing.

With these delicious sauces and side items, your Hickory Farms gourmet ham is sure to be a spring dinner hit. For more information about our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham, visit www.hickoryfarms.com today.

 

No Kid Hungry – Taste of the Nation Toledo

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Here at Hickory Farms, we love having the opportunity to give back to worthy causes in our communities. That’s why we’re so excited to be the Local Presenting Sponsors at the 19th annual Taste of the Nation Toledo, an event that supports the national No Kid Hungry – Share Our Strength initiative. If you’re in the Toledo region, please join us in celebrating good food and good friends for a great cause. You’ll help us ensure every child in our area receives the proper nutrition to stay healthy and happy.

Taking place on April 27th from 5 to 10 pm, this amazing event brings together some of the finest regional chefs and artisan producers in Toledo. Each ticket gives guests access to delicious cuisine from more than 40 area restaurants. While nibbling on small plates, guests will also be treated to a wide array of wines, beer and spirits. Afterward, guests will not want to miss out on some decadent desserts.

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At the event, attendees will enjoy live entertainment and musical performances in addition to the delicious food and drinks.

The proceeds raised at Taste of the Nation Toledo will stay in the area to help local charities. Grant recipients in the region include The Aurora House, Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Toledo Day Nursery and Toledo GROWS.

Tickets for this event are on sale now. To ensure your spot, act quickly. The event is limited to 400 tickets. After March 15, the cost of admission increases from $150 to $175.

Taste of the Nation Toledo is a great opportunity to enjoy the amazing flavors of Toledo, while making a difference in the community. We hope you’ll grab your ticket and help Hickory Farms support this amazing cause.