Easy Entertaining with Hickory Farms

Warm weather, sunny skies, and outdoor activities – summer has finally arrived! With summer being officially here and in full swing, Hickory Farms wants to be sure you have tips and ideas for making this summer fun, easy, and unforgettable. One of the best ways you can utilize all of the things summer has to offer, is by having the tools to host super easy gatherings outside so you can not only enjoy the beautiful skies and warm weather, but the company of your closest friends and family.

Casual Appetizers

One of the nice things about summer, is the relaxed atmosphere that it provides. With that, an ornate spread is not always necessary. Easy finger foods that guests can grab and go to continue conversation is all it takes to keep your guests satisfied. For an easy appetizer that’s just as simple to assemble, consider delighting your guests with delicious party skewers that will appeal to every palate. Try pairing together the great flavors of our Signature Beef Summer Sausage, your favorite cheeses, and the veggies of your choosing. Slice your sausage and cheese into bite sized cubes, and slide all of the ingredients onto the skewer. Not only are these skewers, simple and delicious, but they also provide a beautiful and colorful touch as the centerpiece to your gathering.

 

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Summertime Martini

Every gathering could use a signature cocktail, and a fruity drink is perfect for these summer months. A fruity beverage is a refreshing way to treat your guests, and allows you to utilize the fruit that is at the peak of freshness this season. We chose to create a Kiwi Martini using the kiwi and Navel Oranges from our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box. Using citrus vodka, simple syrup, muddled kiwi, and a skewer of kiwi and orange as a final garnish, you’ll be presenting your guests with a summertime beverage that is second to none.

 

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With the arrival of summer, these helpful tips, and your favorite gifts from Hickory Farms, you’ll be well on your way to summertime entertaining that is sure to become a new tradition.

Succulent Grilled Lobster Tail Recipes for the Grill

With a subtle sweetness and rich flavor, no matter how you cook it, lobster is always delicious, but you can’t go wrong by adding a little smokiness on the grill. Experience lobster in a whole new way with our Pfaelzer Brothers Premium Lobster Tails and these keys to great grilled lobster.

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Getting Ready for Grilling

The first step is making sure that your lobster tail is properly prepared for the grill. First, lay the tail shell-side up on a cutting board. Then, using a sharp knife, slice down the center of the lobster shell, taking care not to cut all the way through the meat. Finish by folding the shell back at the slice, exposing the delicious meat inside.

Once your lobster is ready, add your own personal touch with these lobster tail recipes for the grill.

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Accentuate the Lobster Flavor

Let the lobster speak for itself, and keep it simple with a marinade of olive oil, chives, garlic, and salt and pepper.

Lobster also works wonderfully with fruity flavors. For a unique sauce, make one out of nectarines and limes by pureeing the fruit and lime juice together with olive oil, salt, and a bit of habanero pepper.

Add Some Heat

If you are craving a little taste of the islands, you will love a jerk version of your lobster. To make your own spicy jerk sauce, start by sauteeing garlic, ginger, a scotch bonnet pepper, and scallions. Then, add some Caribbean spice with allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. For extra depth of flavor, finish with chicken stock, soy sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar. Spoon the sauce over the lobster while grilling and serve with coconut rice.

For an upscale twist on classic pub food, try lobster nachos. After grilling your lobster, roughly chop the meat. Then layer the lobster onto tortilla chips with salsa and our Farmhouse Cheddar. Finish the nachos by melting the cheese under a broiler.

No matter how you top it, grilled lobster is a truly special treat. Make a decadent meal in no time by ordering our Caribbean Premium Lobster Tails from Pfaelzer Brothers.

Sweet Dried Fruit Desserts for a Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day is a great opportunity to gather your friends and family together for an afternoon of outdoor fun accompanied by plenty of food. Of course, every good feast needs a sweet ending. Make the perfect treat for your summertime celebration with these dried fruit desserts for picnics made with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Dried Fruit Collection.

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Spiced Fruit Salad

Combining dried fruit with warm spices gives you a dessert that is truly special. For this sophisticated treat, start by placing our dried apricots, pears, and peaches along with a handful of dried figs and apples in a saucepan. Then, spice up the fruit by adding cloves, honey, saffron, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and lemon zest. Cover the mixture with water, and simmer for 15 minutes so that the fruit reconstitutes and gets nice and juicy.

After cooking, remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves before tossing with our almonds and a few pistachios. For a beautiful finishing touch, stir in a bit of orange water. This dish is fantastic served hot or cold and accompanied by Greek yogurt.

Fruit Compote

A delicious dried fruit compote is the perfect topping for your cake, ice cream, or anything else you can imagine. To make yours, start by soaking your favorite dried fruits in water for an hour. Then, combine water, fresh squeezed orange juice, lemon zest, and sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and throw in your fruit. Cook the fruit for about forty minutes or until it is nice and soft, almost forming a jelly-like consistency.

Pear Biscotti

Whether you dip it in your coffee or snack on it throughout the day, pear biscotti packs tons of flavor into a crunchy cookie. Start by creaming butter and sugar with vanilla, eggs, and our diced almonds. Then, mix in flour, baking soda, and pieces of our dried pear. Finish by dividing the dough and baking until golden brown.

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With the delicious fruits and nuts in our Dried Fruit Collection from Hickory Farms, you have the perfect flavor profile to make your summer picnic extra festive.