Pack the Perfect Basket for a Fun Outdoor Meal

What could be better than sitting on some fresh-cut grass with a warm breeze and a delicious gourmet basket? For the finest in al fresco dining, spend a little time reconnecting with nature by gathering your friends and family for a lovely picnic. Grab your basket and pack up these four enticing dishes to create one memorable meal.

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The Appetizer

Fight off hunger with a couple yummy Chicken Bites. These are easy to share with your friends and family. Start by cutting up pieces of boneless chicken breast into chunks. Then, give the chicken a little bath in buttermilk before tossing it in crushed crackers, like our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, mixed with a bit of flour, salt and pepper. Pan fry the chicken in hot oil and serve your cute little bites with a side of our Honey & Pineapple Mustard, or try our Chipotle Ranch Sauce.

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The Salad

Since lettuce doesn’t tend to travel well, pasta-based salads are a great alternative for a picnic salad. Cook and drain your pasta as you sauté a variety of fresh seasonal veggies, such as garlic, onions, peppers, zucchini and squash. Add a dash of white wine and fresh cooked black beans, then continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Finish by combining the pasta and veggies with a big scoop of pesto sauce and diced pieces of our Beef Summer Sausage.

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The Entree

No picnic is complete without a delicious sandwich. For a simple gourmet treat, stop by your local bakery and choose a fresh baked artisan loaf. Spread our Horseradish Sauce on one slice of bread, and then top it with a pile of thinly sliced roast beef, pieces of our Peppercorn White Cheddar and a heap of caramelized onions.

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The Cheese Course

For a fancy dessert alternative, end your meal with a traditional cheese course. Simply slice pieces of our Farmhouse Cheddar, Peppercorn White Cheddar Blend and Smoked Cheddar Blend, and serve everything with crackers, assorted preserves and some ripe seasonal fruits.

With these delightful picnic dishes, featuring items from our Hickory Farms’ Pantry Essentials, you can enjoy a flavorful summer full of delicious treats!

An Alfresco Affair – Outdoor Party Ideas

Summer is the perfect time to throw an alfresco affair! This summer, let loose and have fun enjoying old friends’ company and the pleasure of making new acquaintances. Hickory Farms has found a few great ideas you can use to make your next get-together the soirée of the summer.

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  • You can enhance your outdoor ambiance with colored paper lanterns, or strands of lights, strung through backyard trees or bushes. And to adjust the grooves for every mood, we followed the lead of Los Angeles-based party planner and photographer Amy Neunsinger. She uses the music service Sonos to play different tunes in separate party areas, all controlled by a click of her Smartphone.

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  • Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham pairs beautifully on a platter alongside some lightly grilled fruit. The tropical delights of mango and kiwi in our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box make a fresh and light dessert. Just add a sprig of rosemary for some additional flair!
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  • Keep all your treats together on an attractive appetizer tray, so your decor looks organized and put-together. Plus, you’ll have plenty of room on this tray for our Hickory Farms Mustard Variety Pack and a wide selection of cheeses.
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  • Let guests build their own wraps with different kinds of tortillas, shredded lettuce or spinach, Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, cucumbers and olives. For meat lovers, shred some grilled chicken and add it to the veggie mix. Then, top it with a little olive oil, if you desire.

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Hickory Farms also has a great selection of wine gifts that are perfect to serve at any summer gathering with friends. They also make wonderful hostess gifts for the thoughtful guest to have on hand for spur-of-the-moment invitations that come so frequently when the weather warms up. 

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