Seasonal Recipe – Sausage Risotto with Spring Greens

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Early spring is the time of year when fresh greens become abundant. Take advantage of this delicious and nutrient-packed bounty to whip up a spring-inspired recipe. Combining fresh greens with creamy rice and smoky sausage, your family is sure to love a flavor-packed Sausage Risotto with Spring Greens.

Preparing your greens

One of the best perks of this recipe is its flexibility. No matter what type of green you have on hand — dandelion greens, mustard greens, Swiss chard, or collards — it’s sure to taste great.

With whichever greens you choose, start by removing any tough stems and chopping the leaves into one-inch pieces. Then, quickly blanch your greens in a pot of boiling water with just a little salt.

 

Putting it all together

In a large saucepan, melt some butter to sauté a small yellow onion and a clove of garlic. Afterwards, cook the veggies until they’re translucent.

Now, it’s time to add your sausage. Using our Hickory Farms Ham Summer Sausage, remove the outer casing and chop the sausage into medium-sized pieces. Toss the sausage into the pan with the onions until all of the ingredients have a nice golden brown color.

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Next, it’s time to add your rice. For the creamiest texture, choose white arborio rice. Allow the rice to toast for a few minutes before adding a cup of dry white wine. Let the mixture simmer until the wine is almost absorbed, then throw in a cup of broth. After about 10 minutes, toss your greens into the pot. Continue to cook the rice until it’s nice and creamy, then finish with a big handful of nutty Parmesan cheese, a slab of butter and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Enjoy a wholesome meal that includes delicious, seasonal greens with this simple risotto recipe. By combining the freshest possible ingredients with your Hickory Farms sausage, you can take your seasonal dishes to the next level.

 

Seasonal Recipe: Grilled Sausage with Fruit Relish and Curried Walnut Couscous

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Pairing fresh, juicy fruit with bold gourmet sausage is an unexpected and delicious combination. You can even add a side of curried walnut couscous for greater textural complexity. Fantastically sweet and savory, grilled sausage with fruit relish and curried walnut couscous is a recipe that works well for everything from a summer cookout to a winter treat that transports you to the tropics.


Preparing your Fruit Relish

Start making your sweet relish by chopping up some fruit. For a delicious treat, pick dried mangoes, apricots, and sun plums from our Dried Fruit Collection. If you prefer fresh fruits, choose juicy Crown Comice pears, Fuji apples and Mandarin oranges. Remove the seeds and stems before dicing into small pieces, then place your fruit in a bowl. Finish your relish with a splash of white balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of kosher salt.


Cooking the Sausage

Make your sausage super tender by boiling your meat before grilling. Simply cut thick slabs of our Summer Sausage and add to a boiling pot of apple juice and water. Boil for five minutes before placing the sausage on the grill until a nice char forms. When perfectly cooked, place your sausage on a bun and top everything with your homemade relish.

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Making your Side Dish

The slight spiciness of curry paired with the natural sweetness of raisins is the perfect complement to a sausage sandwich. Make a delicious sauce by combining walnuts, butter, brown sugar, curry and our Berry Nut Bounty Mix in a saucepan. Stir often to keep the butter from browning. Finish by adding water and bringing it to a boil before adding the couscous. Cover and let the couscous sit in your pan for five minutes, then fluff with a fork and enjoy!

 

Gourmet sausage, juicy fruit and delicious couscous prepared with Hickory Farms ingredients is the perfect sweet and savory meal. Start with our Fruitful Gift Tower for nearly everything you need to prepare this unique meal that will be sure to become a family favorite.

 

Gourmet Lunch Box – Delicious Sandwich Ideas

Composed of gourmet meat, cheese and freshly baked bread, sandwiches are a simple and delicious option for a fast lunch on the go. With the help of our Hickory Farms gift baskets and a few simple tips, you can whip up delectable sandwiches in moments. Try these five recipes and transform a simple lunch into a gourmet experience.

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You can bring to mind images of the French countryside with Open Faced Cornichon Butter Sandwiches. Starting with a nice crusty baguette, roughly chop a handful of cornichons, a small, tart European pickle and mix everything into fresh butter. Spread the mixture on half of your baguette and top with thin slices of our Signature Beef Summer Sausage.

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If you’re looking for a grown up version of grilled cheese, try a Balsamic Strawvocado. Just add mashed avocado and slices of strawberries to two pieces of toasted wheat bread and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. Top with our Farmhouse Cheddar and Peppercorn Cheese Round and place in a skillet until it’s melted and gooey.

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Bring home the tropics with a spicy fish sandwich. Coat your fish in cornmeal and Cajun seasoning before pan frying. Then, using a kaiser roll, stack the fish, some shredded cabbage, cilantro and tomato, along with a spread of our Honey and Pineapple Mustard.

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Jazz up a deli sandwich with homemade onion relish. Cook down red onion in olive oil and red wine vinegar and toss with fresh herbs. Finish by layering our Turkey Summer Sausage, our Sweet Hot Mustard and relish on thickly-sliced bread.

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For a delicious sweet and savory treat that really takes the traditional cheese sandwich to the next level, try a Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Sandwich. Slice a baguette in half and spread each side with fig jam and slices of our Smoked Gouda cheese. Place the sandwich under the broiler until the cheese melts and the bread is a nice golden color. Finish with a sprinkle of arugula.

 

With these simple recipes and the gourmet meats and cheeses from Hickory Farms’ Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box, you can turn an ordinary sandwich into something truly special.