Memorial Day is all about spending time with friends and family. Over the years, picnics have become an important part of the annual tradition. Be the star of the feast this summer by preparing these fun Memorial Day BBQ meals with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Toast the Traditions gift box.
Start with an appetizer
When enjoying time with friends and family, you don’t want to rush. Instead of cooking right away, put out a nice appetizer to nibble on while your guests chat.
For a snack that is simple to prepare and can be made ahead of time, try a sausage and cheese platter. Start by removing the casing from our Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage, and cut the sausage into thin pieces. Then, slice our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend into cubes. Place the cheese and sausage on a platter with slices of our Fuji Apples and Crown Comice Pears to give your guests plenty of possible flavor combinations.
Make an unexpected entree
While most picnics feature hot dogs and hamburgers, you can make yours a bit more elegant with a delicious salmon bake. For this simple recipe, start by making a crust for the fish by mixing a cup of our diced pistachios from the gift box with brown sugar, dill, black pepper, and lemon juice. Spoon the mixture onto your salmon, and bake until the fish flakes. For a nice final touch, serve your guests a glass of the La Crema Chardonnay. With its citrus notes, the wine is a perfect pairing for the salmon.
End with a delicious dessert
The mixed nuts from the basket can quickly be transformed into a yummy nut bar. Start by making a crust out of flour, brown sugar, salt, and butter, and press the mixture into a pan. Then, melt down butterscotch chips and butter with a little corn syrup. Place the nuts on the crust, pour the butterscotch mixture over the top, and bake.
With the Toast the Traditions basket from Hickory Farms, you have everything you need for a great Memorial Day picnic, from start to finish.