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Bacon Jam Sliders

 Make your sliders irresistible.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef, made into 8 patties

1/2 jar Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam

4 slices Provolone, cut in half

Frozen Onion Rings, cooked

8 slider sized buns

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook burgers in the hot skillet until they have browned one side. Flip burgers and spread Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam on the cooked side. Add a slice of provolone. Continue cooking until the burgers are cooked through. Place on slider bun and top with an onion ring. If you have leftover onion rings dip them in the remaining Hot Pepper Bacon Jam - Yum!

Hot Pepper Bacon Jam Cream Cheese Appetizer

 So easy, but so good. Perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients:

8 oz Brick Cream Cheese

½ Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam

Directions:

Pour Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam over cream cheese. Serve with Buttery Crackers. This is a quick and easy appetizer.

Goat Cheese and Hot Pepper Peaches

 Ingredients:

1 c. Hot Pepper Peach Bourbon 8 oz. goat cheese Club Crackers

Directions:

Combine ½ c. of the Hot Pepper Peach Bourbon and the goat cheese until blended. Put in a small serving bowl and drizzle the rest of the sauce over the cheese mixture. Serve with club crackers.

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CHARCUTERIE BOARD

Charcuterie boards are not only gorgeous,

they contain a combination of flavors

and nibbles for a simple no-fuss party snack! 

It’s not difficult to prepare a meat and cheese board

that everyone will rave about!

Adding various flavors from simple everyday ingredients takes

very little prep and just minutes to build!

We’ve included a few tips below to make sure your next

party platter is the talk of the event!

What is Charcuterie?

Charcuterie is the art of preparing meats which are

often cured or smoked such as bacon, ham or salami. 

A charcutier is a person who prepares

charcuterie and while the term is loosely translated in

English to “pork butcher”, any kind of meat can be used.

A charcuterie board is commonly seen on

menus pretty much everywhere

these days and it’s the perfect way to enjoy some

nibbles with friends and family!

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board most often consists of a variety of meats and cheeses

and often fruit or nuts; essentially a meat and cheese board!

First, choose a board.  If you have a beautiful one now is the time to use it.

As you begin thinking about making the perfect charcuterie board,

you will want to start thinking about different colors and textures to make it vibrant and interesting.

Red and black berries, dried apricots, fresh herbs, pickles, olives, cheese stuffed peppers

and baby squash  and various dips can add lots of color.

The board should look full, don’t be afraid to pile and stack them

while thinking about varying the different items throughout.

Meat:

Estimate about 3-4 slices of meat per person when building a board. 

Try to include a variety of flavors and textures for example,

a sliced pepper salami, a rolled prosciutto and thoughtfully piled ham.

Cheese:

Choose a variety of cheeses; about 1 or 2 oz per person as an hors d’oeuvre. 

Look for various hard and soft cheeses from mellow to sharp. 

Cheeses are easiest served already sliced.

Bread and Crackers:

Again variety is key, buttery flaky crackers, grain crackers

and thinly sliced and toasted baguettes.

 

THE ‘Tipsy’ COCKTAIL PARTY

 

COCKTAILS GALORE

 

The Perfect Martini or the Dirty Martini with garnish choices of Vermouth Tipsy Olives, Vodka Tipsy Jalapeno Olives or Tipsy Blue Cheese Olives

 

Dry Gibson garnished with Vermouth Tipsy Onions

 

Manhattan garnished with Whiskey Tipsy Cherries

 

Gin Fizzed Gimlet garnished with Gin Tipsy Lemon Olives

 

 

HORS D’ OEUVRES

 

Tapas Platter with Tipsy Tapas Cheese Stuffed Hot Peppers, Baby Squash and Sweet Peppers, assorted cheeses and meats,

 

Mediterranean Olive Bruschetta and Goat Cheese Layered Dip

with crackers

 

Prosciutto wrapped Tipsy Cocktail Skewers

 

Mini Muffulletas with Spicy Olive Bruschetta

 

Cream Cheese filled Party Cups topped with 3 Pepper Blast

Low Country Boil
Tapas Platter

Impromptu parties is what entertaining is all about.

Stock your bar with everything you’ll need so you

can invite guests over at the drop of a hat.

We love decking out a bar with pretty glassware, all of the

cocktail making essentials and cocktail napkins.

On that same note, keep easy appetizers

like cheese, party cups, and pepper jellies on hand!

 

Signature Style

We love how festive a signature cocktail feels, no matter what type of party you’re throwing! Not only are they a fun way for guests to get in the spirit, but they’re easy to make and don’t require a ton of work. Just mix up your favorite drink (some drinks you can even make a day in advance), pour it in a punch bowl or glass beverage dispenser and set out plenty of glassware.

 

Pop the Bubbly

Nothing says ‘party’ like a bottle of champagne, so if you don’t feel like mixing a signature cocktail, a few bottles of sparkling wine can bring that same festive feel. You don’t even need a corkscrew!

 

Kid-Friendly Festivities

Will children be at your holiday party? If so, consider adding a hot chocolate bar to the mix! Some gourmet hot chocolate and tons of toppings are a great activity for your littlest guests, and don’t be surprised if the grown-ups get excited about hot cocoa too.

It’s the season of spreading joy, and what better way to do that than to offer your guests the ultimate holiday comfort — hot cocoa. We love the idea of setting up a cocoa bar at your holiday get together, complete with peppermint candies, flavored syrups, and marshmallow toppings. Here are some tips for if you plan on incorporating a cocoa bar at your next gathering.

Dream Up Fun Toppings

Of course marshmallows and peppermints are a must, but an array of toppings will delight your guests and allow them to dream up their own perfect cocoa flavor.

 

    Caramel syrup

    Cinnamon sticks

    Butterscotch candies

    Shaved chocolate

    Chocolate sprinkles

    White chocolate chips

    Shaved coconut

    Whipped cream

    Gingerbread cookies

 

Be Sure to Label

No matter what you’re serving, be sure to label everything properly. Otherwise, guests with allergies or dietary restrictions won’t feel comfortable indulging.