Summer Grilling Recipes

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Ham steaks are a rich and flavorful cut of meat perfect for the grill. Since summer is the time to get out of the kitchen and enjoy fun in the sun; we’re sharing these entrée recipes. Complement these dishes by pairing your favorite summer side dishes. Don’t forget a sweet treat to follow especially local fresh fruit.

Ham & Pineapple Kabobs

Fresh pineapple this time of year is at its sweetest and compliment the saltiness of the country ham. Try one of our BBQ sauces or use your families favorite to bring out the flavor of summer.

1 lb. Broadbent Ham Steak
16 oz. Pineapple Chunks (fresh or canned)
BBQ Sauce

Cut your ham steak into 1 ½ inch cubes, layer onto your kabob sticks 1:1 ratio pineapple and ham. Brush on a thick layer of BBQ sauce. Place on grill and cook 2-3 minutes until slightly charred.

Mustard Glazed Ham Steak

Mustard and ham are a traditional combination. Try our sweet and tangy mustard for a bit more zest. But this kid-friendly dish is a sure family favorite.

1 lb. Ham Steak
1 T. Dijon Mustard
1 T. Honey
1 T Apricot Preserves

In a small bowl, mix honey, mustard, and preserves. Evenly brush half the mixture on the ham steak. Preheat grill to a medium heat. Grill 4-6 minutes on each side, flip and brush with remaining mixture cook 4 minutes longer.

Zesty Ham Steak

This glaze is simple for those weeknight meals. Be sure to spray your grill with a non-stick coating to make for easy cleanup. Our ham steaks are thick and very filling.

2 Broadbent Ham Steaks
1 C. packed Brown Sugar
1/3 C. Prepared Horseradish
Juice of 1 lemon

Preheat grill to a medium heat. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, horseradish, and lemon. Brush both sides of ham steak with glaze. Grill about 10 minutes per side and brush with glaze throughout grilling.

These recipes are packed with flavor, but our ham steaks can also be cooked on the grill simply and served with red-eye gravy. Don’t be afraid to try any type of fruit ham pairing and find your own family favorites. Order and stock up to enjoy ham steaks all summer long.

Recipes to impress your guests

pablo (2)While we often aim for simple and quick in the kitchen, every once in a while, it’s nice to bring out dishes that are both pretty and delicious. These recipes inspire us with their color, simple flavors, and top-notch presentation. Be sure to use your prettiest platters when serving.


Ham & Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

These are a wildly popular restaurant dish. Oversized white mushrooms are usually available at the local grocery, often marked stuffing mushrooms. If not simply use more of the smaller mushrooms until the whole mixture is used up.

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8 large white mushrooms
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 ½ shredded cheese blend cheddar & Monterey jack
1 ½ C. Broadbent ham, chopped finely

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove stems from mushrooms, wash and place on a non-stick cookie sheet. In a large bowl, mix cheese and ham. Divide the mix between the mushrooms until are all full. Bake about 30 min. or until mushrooms are soft.

Side Dishes

Bacon Brussels Sprout Skewers

Two ingredients come together or color and design in this recipe.  These offer a completely different texture than standard steamed brussels sprouts.

1 lb. fresh Brussel Sprouts
1 lb. Broadbent’s peppered bacon
Skewer sticks


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. For easy cleanup, use a metal rack to elevate the skewers off your baking pan. Skewer on a Brussels Sprout then the strip of bacon, as you add on more sprouts twist the bacon weaving it around as pictured. Repeat until all sprouts and bacon are used. Roast in oven 20-25 minutes, until bacon, is slightly charred.

Herb Roasted Potatoes

These potatoes are a crowd pleaser as most everyone loves potatoes. Fresh herbs and delicate cutting create a unique look that will add a touch of restaurant quality.herb potatoes


1 lb. baby red potatoes
1 ½ T Olive Oil
1 T minced basil leaves
1 tsp minced garlic
1 T minced parsley leaves
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with nonstick parchment paper. Lay out potatoes and make fine slits across the potato without slicing through. In a medium bowl, combine oil, salt, pepper, and herbs stirring gently. Brush mixture over your potatoes. Roast potatoes for about 40-50 minutes until they are fork tender.


Pineapple Whip

This is perfect for small or large gatherings as they are quick to make. Could top with cherries or any other berry if preferred. For children consider using smaller glasses for smaller portions.


1 can 20 oz. Crushed pineapple
1 pkg. Vanilla instant pudding
1 C. thawed whipped topping
Maraschino Cherries


In a large bowl mix pineapple and dry pudding mix well. Gently fold in the whipped topping. For elegance, distribute into glasses for individual servings. Consider a tall glass such as a highball glass. Top with an extra dollop of whipped cream and a cherry. Place in refrigerator to keep chilled until serving.

These recipes will bring elegance to any table. These are perfect for any season, and still, keep you from spending hours over the stove. For an entrée, we, of course, recommend a beautiful country ham or grilled ham steaks. Fruit and Ham are a perfect pairing. The colors will be beautiful across the table with this blend. What recipes do you turn to when trying to impress?

In Season Sweet Desserts


Here in the south, we have several fruits that come into season during the summer. These 3 recipes utilize 3 of the most popular fruits. These recipes are also easy, as we know during summer long nights by a hot stove are the opposite of what we all have in mind. Prepare these recipes and compliment those ham steaks on the BBQ. After a salty yet savory dinner, a sweet treat is exactly what your taste buds are craving.

Watermelon Sorbet

Watermelons grow well in the South and offer a sweet yet light flavor. Adding a touch of yogurt, creates a creamy treat perfect for hot summer nights.

3 C. seedless watermelon cubes, 1 inch cubes frozen
½ C. vanilla yogurt


Place about half the watermelon cubes in a food process and whip until they become grainy. Then add half the yogurt to the processor and continue to whip. Remove from processor and place into a bowl. Process the other half of the ingredients and process the same. Freeze for 1-2 additional hours for a firmer consistency.

Baked Peaches

Eating fresh, ripe, sweet peaches baked takes advantage of their absolute freshness. Compliment them with cold sweet ice cream for a summer treat perfect for a decadent weeknight.

3 large peaches, halved pits removed
2 T salted butter
2 T light brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Layout the peach halves across the tray, put a small slice of the butter in the middle of each peach. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, then sprinkle it on top of the peaches evenly. Bake 8-12 minutes. Serve immediately with a scoop of vanilla ice cream alongside.

Strawberry Cake Kabobs

These are a great dessert for outdoor parties and save on a lot of clean up. Simply choose your favorite white cake mix and prepare. This is a great recipe to get kids involved.

1 standard white cake prepared according to the box
2 1 lb containers of fresh strawberries
12 oz. milk chocolate chips


After preparing your white cake and allowing it to cool, cut into 1-2 inch cubes. Layer onto wooden kabob sticks strawberries and cake in a 1:1 ratio. Melt chocolate in microwave and drizzle with a spoon lightly across the skewers. Let cool completely and serve.

Share some of your favorite summertime desserts in the comments below. We can’t wait for the next farmers market.

In Season Sensations

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Summer is just beginning to peak here in Kentucky, which means a lot of fresh produce will become available. We love to complement our hams and ham steaks with fresh and easy options that leave you satisfied but fueled for the long summer nights. Asparagus, Broccoli and Summer Squash are in season, meaning their deliciousness is at its peak and the price is at its lowest. Take advantage with these recipes that are simply enough for weeknight meals with the family.

Asparagus & Bacon Bundles

This is a simple yet eye-catching side dish. The simplicity makes it easy for a crowd, and a great recipe for novice cooks. The saltiness richness of the bacon intertwines with the fresh crisp asparagus for a truly summer time flavor.


2 lbs. Fresh Asparagus, trimmed
1 lb. Broadbent Hickory Bacon slices


Wrap 3-4 pieces of Asparagus with one slice of bacon, and use a toothpick to secure it. Place on a lined cookie sheet and bake at  400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

Cranberry Pecan Broccoli Salad

Broccoli is just coming into season around the Kentucky area in May/June, it should make it easy to find flavorful fresh heads at your local market. This recipe is colorful and simple, consider using Craisins over traditional Cranberries for a slightly sweeter salad. The tangy yet sweet dish served chilled is a wonderful compliment to grilled meats.


¼ C. Red Onion, Chopped
½ C. Sour Cream
2 tsp Maple Syrup
3 C. Fresh Broccoli Florets
2/3 C Toasted Pecans, chopped
½ C Dried Cranberries (or Craisins)
Salt & Pepper to taste


Combine sour cream and maple syrup in a small bowl and set aside. Place broccoli, pecans, onions, and cranberries in a large bowl. Drizzle the sour cream and maple syrup mixture over top and mix it in gently. Cover and chill 1 hour before serving.

Summer Squash Skillet

Summer squash is delicious when it is in season, so a bit of sautéing with salt and pepper really brings out its natural flavors. Cook longer for a more tender vegetable, or short for a crisper bite. Feel free to throw in your favorite fresh herbs to add additional flavors.


½ T Butter
½ T Olive Oil
2 small-medium Zucchini, trimmed and diced
2 small-medium Yellow Squash, trimmed and diced
Salt & Pepper to taste
Sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan


In a large non-stick skillet, heat butter and oil over a medium heat. Add Zucchini and Squash, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let it cook about 2-3 minutes, without stirring. Then stir, add a dash more salt and pepper then stir every now and then until veggies are too desired tenderness level, roughly 5-7 additional minutes. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

There are several other fruits and veggies coming into season, these are just a few of our favorite side dishes that easy to put together while the ham steaks are on the grill. Share your favorite vegetables or recipes in season. Check back next week as we share our favorite in season desserts!

Mayo Makes The Difference

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Mayonnaise is a traditional staple in the South. It can add extra flavor to any dish! We are sharing some of our favorite uses for mayo perfect for summer. Grab your rubber spatula’s because you won’t want to waste a drop!

Zesty Grilled Corn Sauce

Grilled corn is a distinct flavor of summer. After grilling your corn at about 400 degrees on the barbeque, this sauce is perfect complementing its peak season perfection. Try it alongside grilled chicken, ham steaks or tacos.

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup minced cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons lime zest
2 tablespoon lime juice


In a bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, chipotle pepper, lime zest and lime juice. Taste and season the mixture with salt if needed. Spread directly on your grilled corn and serve.

Broadbent Spicy Mayo

This mayo is a perfect go to! Try it on items including your everyday sandwiches, wraps or burgers. Also consider it for dipping with fried pickles, fried tomatoes, fries and other favorites.


Garlic Lovers Mayo

Garlic lovers will delight in this simple sauce. Packed full of garlic flavor it is perfect for dipping French fries, wedges, or topping a baked potato. It can also delicious on burgers and chicken sandwiches.

1 C. May
3 T. Lemon Juice
3 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Garlic Salt
10 Cloves Garlic, Minced

In a small bowl combine mayo, lemon juice, pepper, garlic salt, and salt. Mix well, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Southern Deviled Ham

This southern dish combines the richness of mayo with the saltiness of ham. This filling dip is a great summer appetizer. Serve it with your favorite brand of snacks crackers.

10 oz Broadbent Cooked Ham, Ground
5 oz cream cheese room temperature
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ tsp black pepper
green onion minced


Mix together ingredients softly, folding until combined. Serve with crackers or bread.

Share some of your favorite uses for mayo or recipes to make your own below.


Backyard Burger Recipes


It’s time to break out that grill and put the burgers on! What is better than the traditional American cheese burger? A burger with a bit more flavor. We’ve included a few of our favorite recipes that include Bacon, Pimento Cheese and BBQ sauce all staples in a southern pantry. We’ve also included some tips to kick up your grilling skills.

Bacon Burger

Bacon lovers who want it in every bite this one is for you. By cutting the bacon into small pieces and mixing it with the ground beef evenly you’ll get the flavor throughout the whole burger. We recommend ¼ of your meat being bacon.

Ingredientsbacon burger
¼ lb. Broadbent hickory Bacon, minced
¾ lb. Ground Beef
4 Buns
4 Slices Cheddar
½ tsp Pepper
4 slices of lettuce
4 slices of Tomato

Cut your raw bacon into very small pieces mix into the ground beef along with pepper. Divide into 4 equal parts (1/4 lb) and create round patties. Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired amount of pink. Top each patty with 1 cheese slice; cook 1 minute or until cheese melts. Stack burger on bun with lettuce and tomato. Serve immediately.

Grill Master Tip: Season the grill with oil, salt and pepper before placing the patty.

Pimento Cheese & Bacon Burger

Pimento cheese is a staple in the south. Adding it to your burger over a standard slice of cheese will make a big flavor impact. Using the smoked pepper bacon will compliment that traditional salt and pepper seasoning of the beef.

1 lb. Ground ChuckOriginal Photo by Magnolia Days
8 Slices Broadbent Smoked Pepper Bacon, cooked
½ tsp Black Pepper
¼ C. mixed chopped fresh herbs (basil, mint, oregano, etc.)
4 Buns
4 Slices lettuce
4 Slices Tomato
Pimiento Cheese

Preheat grill to about 350 degrees. Combine chuck, pepper and herbs gently. Shape the mixture into 4 patties about 5 inches across. Let stand about 10 minutes. Grill patties about 4 to 5 minutes on each side (do not squish), simply flip once. Once burgers are removed lightly toast the buns on the grill after turning down the flame to low. Top each burger with lettuce, tomato, pimento cheese, and 2 slices of bacon.

Grill Master Tip: Let the meat come to room temperature before cooking to allow for more even cooking, increasing the likelihood of getting that perfectly pink center.

BBQ Cheddar Burger

BBQ lovers can enjoy the flavor with less mess by including the sauce in the meat. Our Pappy’s sauce offers a unique flavor without a lot of heat, perfect for the whole family. We highly recommend a thick slice of cheddar cheese over tradition American to really taste it on top of the BBQ flavored meat.

1 lb. Ground Chuck
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ C. BBQ Sauce (Pappy’s Sauce for Sissies Mild Kentucky BBQ Sauce)
½ tsp Black Pepper
4 Buns
4 Slices lettuce
4 Slices Tomato
4 thick slices of cheddar cheese

Preheat grill to about 350 degrees. Combine chuck, salt, pepper and BBQ sauce. Shape the mixture into 4 patties about 5 inches across. Grill patties about 4 minutes on each side, top with a thick slice of cheddar and allow to melt. Top each burger with lettuce, tomato, and bun.

Grill Master Tip: Use a truly delicious condiments such as Broadbent’s Sweet and Tangy Mustard or Spicy Mayo.

Share your tips and favorite burger toppings in the comments.

3 Easy to Fix Springtime Recipes

recipesThe warmth of springs brings a craving for lighter fare that is quick and fresh. Here in the South especially the weather can heat up quick! Have your list of easy to fix meals prepared because the long hot days are ahead. Below we’re sharing 3 of our favorite recipes that keep things light and simple making use of seasonal favorites.

Shrimp & Grits

This traditional southern dish becomes light fare with fresh spinach and shrimp. This dish is perfect for an intimate gathering where food is served immediately. Serve with a tall glass of sweet ice tea!


½ tsp Salt
1 C. Stone Ground Grits
½ C. fresh grated Parmesan
½ tsp pepper

Shrimp Sauce

1 lb. medium-size raw shrimp, peeled
¼ tsp pepper
1/8 tsp Salt
1 T Olive Oil
1 T All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 C  Chicken broth
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 T fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp Hot Sauce
2 C. fresh baby spinach


Grits: Bring 1/2 tsp. salt and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually whisk in grits. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in cheese and pepper. Keep warm.

Creamy Shrimp Sauce: Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper. Cook in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove from skillet. Reduce heat to medium. Add oil; heat 30 seconds. Whisk in flour; cook 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in broth and garlic, lemon and hot sauce; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. Stir in shrimp and spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach is slightly wilted. Serve immediately over grits.

Roasted Spring Time Veggies

This recipe is the perfect side dish for this time of year. The fresh flavors remain intact with simple roasting. Serve alongside grilled ham steaks for a simply delicious and colorful meal.


3 T White Balsamic Vinegar
1 T Shallots, chopped
1 lb. baby carrots
1 T Olive Oil
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper
12 fingerling potatoes, halved
2 C. asparagus slices (2 inch)
1 T Chopped flatleaf parsley
1 T Chopped fresh chives


Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Combine vinegar and shallots in a small bowl; set aside. Combine carrots, olive oil, salt, pepper, and potatoes in a roasting pan, tossing gently to combine. Bake for 20 minutes, or until vegetables begin to brown. Stir occasionally. Remove pan from oven, add vinegar mix and asparagus tossing to combine. Return to pan and bake additional 5 minutes. Stir in parsley and chives before serving.

BLT Pasta Salad

This recipe is easy to make in about 20 minutes or less. Make it the shining center piece of a weeknight meal or a side dish for a BBQ. Save bacon back from a weekend and store in air tight container for use in this recipe.


2 ½ C. uncooked bow tie pasta
6 C. torn romaine lettuce
1 medium tomato, diced
4 Applewood smoked bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
½ C Ranch Dressing
1 T. BBQ sauce

Cook pasta per package directions. Drain and place in a large bowl with the lettuce, tomato, bacon toss to combine. Drizzle ranch and BBQ sauce over, gently toss to coat. Serve immediately.

While ham and bacon may be more commonly associate with cooler months, there is plenty to do with both as the temperatures rise. Our pre-cooked hams especially will keep you out of a hot kitchen by using them in chopped or sliced for salads and sandwiches. Share some of your favorite ham, bacon or simply summer time recipes in the comments below.

Compound Butter Your Biscuits

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When it comes to flavor in the South, nothing is better than butter. These quick and easy recipes will step up the flavor game right at the table. Each recipe takes only a few minutes but the addition of flavor is well worth the few minutes prep. Try them all or be inspired to make your own compound butter recipe.

Sweet Butter

This recipe creates a deliciously sweet buttery concoction which is perfect for topping your pancakes, biscuits or dinner rolls. You could lessen half the brown sugar or honey if you want it less sweet. Store it in the fridge in an air tight container and enjoy for several days.

½ C. Softened Butter
¼ C Brown Sugar
2 T Honey
1 pinch Ground Cinnamon
1 pinch Ground Nutmeg
½ pinch Ground Ginger

Place the butter in a medium bowl and stir all other ingredients mixing together until completely blended.

Garlic Butter

Garlic is a fragrant addition to many meals, but a rich and garlicky butter spread was meant for the dinner table. Serve it a top your baked potatoes, crescent rolls, or roasted veggies. It is a fine compliment to grilled pork chops.

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1 C. Softened Butter
1 T. Minced Garlic
¼ C. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 T Garlic Salt
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
½ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp ground paprika

In a medium bowl combine butter, minced garlic and Parmesan cheese mixing well. Then season with garlic salt, Italian seasoning, paprika and pepper mixing until smooth and evenly combined.

Strawberry Butter

This strawberry preserve recipes brings a spring like deliciousness to the breakfast table. Serve it on English muffins, French Toast or biscuits alongside your favorite Broadbent Bacon to offer sweet and savory on one plate. You could easily use another type of preserve if you prefer.

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1 C Softened Butter
4 T Confectioners’ Sugar (powdered)
2 T Strawberry Preserves

In a medium bowl, beat together butter, sugar and preserves until creamy. Store in an air tight container and refrigerate. Give it time to firm up before initially serving it then store in fridge between uses.

Cilantro Butter

This butter is bursting with flavor and pays a perfect complement to grilled flavors. Use it on grilled corn, tortillas or meats. Broadbent’s Ham Steaks are made for grilling and pair perfect with fresh grilled veggies.

1 C. Softened Butter
¼ C Chopped Fresh Cilantro
1 ½ T Lime Juice
1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

In a medium bowl, mix together butter, cilantro, lime juice, and red pepper flakes. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Come back and share with us your results, tweaks or tips to make them even more delicious.

Derby Party Menu Inspiration

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The 143rd Derby is only 2 weeks away, and those of us who want to enjoy the Kentucky Tradition from our own home can absolutely enjoy all the traditions. Below is a menu that each feature an element of Kentucky and are wonderful for a meal style party. Check out last week’s blog for finger style foods great for those snacking all day parties. The races will begin at 10:00 am and the “most exciting 2 minutes in sports” will take place at 6:34pm.

Ham & Biscuits (Appetizer)
These bite sized sandwiches are perfect for a brunch or appetizer before the full dinner is served. These are full of flavor as the beaten biscuits will soak up the flavor of the rich smoked ham. Easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time.

24 Broadbent’s Beaten Biscuits
6 oz. Broadbent Cooked Country Ham Slices
Broadbent’s Sweet & Tangy Mustard

Pull the ham slices out and allow them to come to room temperature about 1 hour before hand. Spread a dash of mustard on each biscuit and layer on a slice of ham. Present on a beautiful platter.

Watermelon Tomato Salad (Starter)
This unique seasonal dish is from the Kitchen of Executive Chef David Danielson at Churchill Downs. Heirloom tomatoes fall into season but purchase them just before preparing (1-3 days) because they can are delicate and quickly change from ripe to overripe.

3-4 medium heirloom tomatoes, cut into ¾ inch chunks
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into ¾ in. chunks
¼ C. sliced pickled red onions
1 C. ¾ in. cubed red seedless watermelon
1 T. Chopped Mint
1 T. Chopped Basil
3 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 T. Lemon Juice
Dash of fresh ground salt & pepper

Once all your ingredients are sliced combine tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, onions and herbs into a bowl. Toss gently. In a separate bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour liquid mixture into the large bowl and coat evenly. Adjust any seasons to taste.

Hot Brown (Entrée)
This traditional Kentucky dish is served at some of the most renowned restaurants in Kentucky. This dish needs to be served immediately and prepared in individual dishes. This is great for a more intimate gathering.

4 white bread slices
¾ lb. Sliced Roasted Turkey
1 C. Shredded Parmesan Cheese
3 Plum Tomatoes, sliced
8 slices Broadbent Peppered bacon
Mornay Sauce (click here for a recipe)

Preheat broiler with oven rack about 6 inches from heat. On a baking sheet place your 4 slices of bread, and broil 1-2 minutes on each side allowing it to toast. Remove from oven and transfer each piece to its own individual baking dish. Top with turkey slices, Mornay Sauce, and sprinkle with Parmesan. Return to broiler for 3-4 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned. Remove from oven and top with tomatoes and bacon. Serve immediately

Derby Pie (Dessert)derby pie
This Derby Pie is from Kern’s Kitchen the premier baker since its inception by George Kern at the Melrose Inn of Prospect in Kentucky. While there are recipes available, there is no recipe better than the original which is why we sell their pie exclusively.

Mint Julep Punch (Beverage)
Traditional mint juleps are simply Kentucky Bourbon, Mint Julep Mixer over crushed ice and mint leaves. While these are delicious a punch style can bring the Kentucky traditional for a crowd. Don’t be afraid to leave out the bourbon and let every party guest enjoy this delicious beverage.

46 oz. unsweetened Pineapple Juice
2 C. Water
28 oz. Lemon Lime soda
½ C. lime juice
Mint Julep Mixer to taste
1 Liter Kentucky Bourbon (leave out for a non-alcoholic version)

Mix all ingredients into a large punch bowl until you reach the desired flavor. The more Mint Julep mixer you add the more minty it becomes. Garnish with Lime slices and Fresh Mint Leaves.

Once you’ve made all the beautiful treats don’t forget to adorn the table with the traditional roses and color scheme of black, gold and red roses.  Be sure to dress for the occasion hat and all. Check out the full derby schedule to plan the perfect watch party at .

Derby Party Finger Foods Menu

Derby Party Finger Foods GraphicThe Kentucky Derby is only a few weeks away but those of us who won’t make it to the Downs can still enjoy traditional Kentucky Derby foods while we watch. Kentucky is known for more than just “the fastest two minutes in sports”. Kentucky is a place steeped in tradition and known for the Derby, Bourbon, Bluegrass, college basketball and horse farms that offer picturesque views.

As a Kentucky Proud product, we provide a variety of local flavors that can bring the taste of Kentucky to your Derby Party anywhere. This blog focuses on the finger foods, as many watch parties last much longer than 2 minutes. Let guests eat and mingle throughout the event with these delicious and filling foods.

Now send out the invites and grab your hats.


Party FareOur Kentucky Party Fare is an assortment that includes traditional Country sliced ham, beaten biscuits and tangy mustard to create finger sandwiches for a crowd.

Meat, Cheese and cracker pairings are a hit with our mouth-watering hand cured lean cuts of pork. These tenderloins are rolled in freshly cracked black pepper and smoked over hickory to infuse them with flavor. Serve the tenderloin sliced thinly along with a buttery cracker and rich cheddar cheese.

Beer Cheese Dip is a crowd pleaser paired with your choice of chips, crackers, or vegetables. The spice is mild, but it brings a unique flavor that will set your party apart.

Desserts derby pie

Derby Pie is a long-standing Kentucky tradition. Enjoy this pie which begins with a flaky buttery crust, a blend of chocolate and walnuts mixed with a wonderful filling.

Bourbon Barrel Cake is sweetened by brown sugar, maple, and chocolate. It’s topped with walnuts and drizzled with a rich chocolate and caramel bourbon icing. The Kentucky bourbon is aged seven years and


Sweet tea is a southern staple, add a unique option to your gathering with our Old Honey Barn mintjulipSassafras Tea. If you’ve never had it, sassafras offers a taste that many say is reminiscent of root beer.

The crowning show stopper for the derby is the Mint Julep! We off the mixer which need only be combined with bourbon, ice and fresh mint leaves for a true taste of the derby. For those wishing to partake in the flavor but skip the alcohol, simply exchange bourbon for a quality ginger ale.


Now that you’ve got a bit of all the Kentucky traditions you’ll only need to get all dressed up and turn on the race. Offer guests an opportunity to pick the winning horse through a friendly wager. For those wanting to create a full meal for your party, check back next week as we offer a dinner menu, recipes included.