Scrumptious Platters for School Functions

When school bells ring again this fall, it’s a good bet there will be plenty of after school and evening functions for parents to attend. Whether it’s a back-to-school potluck, a dinner for the annual PTA meeting or tailgating before high school football games, students and parents will need to keep their energy up with some healthful treats.

There’s a skill and an art to preparing an appetizing spread quickly and efficiently. Hickory Farms knows that today’s parents are busier than ever, so we’ve found a few simple recipes for delicious offerings parents can bring along with them to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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Fruit Kabobs

All the nutrition with none of the mess, fruit kabobs are easy to make and very portable. They’re quite versatile, making them the perfect snack, appetizer or healthy dessert for when you’re on the go. Simply cut some fresh fruit into cubes, place on a skewer and serve on a large platter.

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Mini Ham, Cheddar & Apple Paninis

These paninis are so scrumptious kids will be coming back for seconds, so make sure to pack a big batch of this tasty course. Smoked ham, cheddar cheese and thinly sliced apples are all you need besides the bread to complete this easy dish.

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Monkey Platter

Make a platter with a little bit of everything to satisfy a hunger for both sweet and savory treats. Slice up some of our Beef and Turkey Summer Sausage, cut up some veggies, fruit and cheese and add some nuts and Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers to round out the plate. A handful of Trail Mix is a nice addition too.

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The quality and convenience of Hickory Farms gourmet products is what has allowed us to build our loyal customer base since we first opened our doors 63 years ago. Stop by at one of our locations near you or order online or by phone for speedy delivery.

Get Your Kid’s Morning Started Off Right

We all want our kids to start each day off with a healthy breakfast in their belly. However, on chaotic mornings, this is much easier said than done. Send your kids to school ready to learn with full tummies by whipping up one of these delicious and conveniently portable breakfast recipes.

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The Traditional

For a classic breakfast treat, try making an egg and cheese sandwich. In a pan, add your eggs and cover until it’s cooked to your preference. Then, melt our Farmhouse cheddar on halved English muffins, and top it with the eggs.

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Kicked up

For kids with a more refined palette, add a nice twist to their traditional ham and cheese sandwich with a few sweet and savory additions. Prepare this flavorful sandwich using the classic recipe above and swap the Farmhouse cheddar for our Jalapeno Cheddar Blend to add a little spice. For a slight sweet element, top each English muffin with a layer of mango chutney.

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The Braid

A braided sandwich stuffed with breakfast goodies is a protein-packed treat that can be prepared ahead of time. Begin by unrolling refrigerated pizza dough. Then, sauté an onion until transparent before adding slices of our Turkey Summer Sausage to the pan. Mix in eggs, cooking until set, and top with our Smoked Gouda.

Place the filling on half of the dough, then cut the other half into three pieces and braid it over the filling, tucking under the ends before baking.

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Breakfast Wrap

No matter how big of a hurry you’re in, you’ll always have time to make a quick breakfast wrap. Simply scramble a few eggs and throw in some veggies, a bit of our gourmet ham and a dash of our Smoked Bacon & Cheddar. Top with our Sweet Hot Mustard and serve in a whole wheat tortilla.

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With these savory breakfast recipes, complete with our delicious Hickory Farms ingredients, your kids can start their day off on the right foot every morning.

Put a New Spin on Brown Bag Lunches

Your kids might not be ready to close the door on summer and head back to school this fall, so Hickory Farms has compiled a list of some interesting lunchtime options you can use to spruce up their traditional brown bag fare. Check out our suggestions below.

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On hot days, a refreshing Pasta Salad with Sausage & Mozzarella is a healthy selection for school lunches. Just toss cooked pasta, spinach leaves, halved grape tomatoes and some Hickory Farms Summer Sausage together with olive oil and vinegar.

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Try a Turkey, Apple & Swiss Melt made with sliced turkey, cheese, thinly sliced red or green apple between hearty wheat bread. Give it some pizzazz with a light spread of our gourmet mustard and a touch of honey. Your kids won’t be trading this lunch with their schoolmates!

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This mayonnaise-free Chicken Salad with Apple & Basil covers all the bases — it’s nutritious, delicious and a great lunch option. Lime juice, white vinegar and brown sugar take the place of mayonnaise, while chopped apples and your choice of nuts with fresh sliced basil and mint leaves add texture.

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When the temperature drops, kids will warm right up with this hearty Bean & Sausage Stew that’s perfect for a chilly autumn day. Simmer our Turkey Summer Sausage, a can of beans, shredded kale, diced tomatoes, garlic and olive oil in some low-sodium chicken broth, and then season it with kosher salt and pepper. A thermos will keep the soup nice and hot for your favorite student’s belly. Round out the meal with a slice of homemade bread and a piece of fruit from our Summer Fruit Collection.

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With Hickory Farms, you can make the perfect lunch choices year round. Our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham, gourmet fruits and nuts and savory sausage and cheeses blend into all your favorite recipes and are delicious as both meal and snack options.

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