5 Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

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If your refrigerator is still stuffed like a Thanksgiving Turkey with left overs, then you better get to eating. Take your individual ingredients and combine them to make these delicious recipes. Even if you don’t have a ton of left overs these recipes are still delicious and easy to whip up during the week.

Remember! Your ham may be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. It can be frozen for up to three months. When storing an unused portion, wrap tightly removing as much air as possible.

Potato Cakes (8 cakes)

In my family, mashed potatoes are always left over simply because there is so much to eat. We often pack away a medium sized bowl, which provides plenty for making delicious potato cakes. These lightly fried cakes make a great side dish with dinner or breakfast. You could add various spices to them if you want, and don’t be afraid of using potatoes that have already been seasoned with garlic or other flavors. Do make sure though that your potatoes are creamy, we tend to leave ours lumpy so I simply give them a quick whip with the hand mixer before assembling.

2 C. cold mashed potatoes

2 T Vegetable Oil

2 T Unsalted Butter

½ C all-purpose flour, for dredging

1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

Divide the mashed potatoes into 8 equal portions. Use your hands to form 1/2-inch thick patties.
Heat the oil with the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Mix the flour with the salt and pepper in a dish. Coat the potato patties in the flour mixture. Add the potato cakes to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until they have formed a golden crust, 15 to 20 minutes. (Peek underneath using a spatula before turning.) Turn and cook the other side until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper and serve hot.

The Hammy Down (Food Network Magazine)

Depending on the size of your ham and your party, you could have left overs for a day or a week. If you want to make the most of your left overs, The Hammy Down makes a great lunch. You can whip up this sweet and tangy concoction that will adorn the ham giving it new life in a jiffy. The raisin bread and jelly compliment the saltiness of ham well. Choose your favorite flavors and make it your own.

½ C Mayonnaise

2 T Apple Jelly or Peach Preserves

¾ pound leftover ham, chopped

¾ c diced celery

½ c chopped toasted pecans

8 slices raisin-nut bread, toast lightly

8 slices Havarti cheese

8 Boston Lettuce Leaves

Mix the mayonnaise, apple jelly and chives in a large bowl until smooth. Pulse the ham in a food processor until finely chopped but not mushy. Toss the chopped ham, celery, celery leaves and pecans with the mayonnaise mixture until combined.
Lay 4 slices bread on a clean surface. Layer 2 slices of havarti on each, then top with a scoop of ham salad and 2 lettuce leaves. Close with the remaining 4 slices bread. Cut each sandwich in half.

Ham & Potato Casserole

After the holidays, returning to work and school can be hectic. This simple ham and potato casserole is easy to assemble then just pop in the oven. This is a great recipe for kids to help prepare.  It is also comfort food to the core and is great on a cold night.

6 small to medium potatoes, cubed (peel russets)

3 T butter

2 C. fully cooked ham chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 can cream of mushroom soup

½ c milk

Salt & Pepper to taste

Chop up your ham, onion and potatoes. In a greased 9 x 13 casserole pan, mix the ingredients together. Mix together milk, butter and cream of mushroom soup in a container then pour over potato mix. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 45-6o minutes. Potatoes should be easy to pierce with a fork.

Bulked-Up Mac N Cheese

Pair the beloved kid approved classic Mac N Cheese with diced ham, and left over veggies. It’s a great way to make a meal the kids will love and clean out the fridge. If Mac N cheese is one of your left overs, well even better!

Classic Mac N Cheese (recipe here)

2 C chopped cooked Ham

2 C Assorted vegetables, chopped

1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Mix ham and vegetables into macaroni and cheese. Top with shredded cheese, (the extra cheese will help the bulked-up meal stay cheesy). Bake in a 9×13 pan at 400 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes.

Ham & Cheese Omelets!

Egg dishes are an easy way to use up left overs. You can put any ingredient you like in them and kids can easily make their own if you lay out items in a line. Items such as mushrooms, ham, peppers, tomatoes, or any other vegetables you have lying around. Pick a favorite cheese. We often have just a few cheese cubes or slices left over from cheese and cracker trays, I throw them in a Ziploc and use them for meals like this. We throw all the chosen items into a chopper and make them roughly the same size.

2 Eggs per person

½ – ¾ c Blend of items

Salt N Pepper to taste

For omelets mix your eggs well in a container then pour into a skillet (pre-heat skilled at medium heat). Let cook about 1 min, pour ingredient blend on half then flip the non-topped half over to make a half moon shape. Flip after about 30 more seconds, depending on your ingredients it may be more dry or wet. Top with extra cheese if you want. *If you just prefer to mix everything as one, you can easily do the same thing as scrambled eggs.

Ham is extremely versatile and has many options at every meal, but don’t forget that you can freeze your ham and save it for later. Do you have a favorite meal to make with your family left overs? Share in the comment below.

Presenting your Holiday Ham

Presenting Your Holiday Ham

Meat, even if your offering guests a variety of other foods, is still often the center of the table. If your wanting to add visual appeal to compliment your delicious ham, try one of these inspiring ideas. There are 3 basic types of garnishes that you can choose from to present your ham. It is easy to take your individual ham and make it unique to your table.

Big Tip! For best results, know that Country Ham are more difficult to slice. We encourage you to slice it ahead of time, even the day before. Slice thin so that slices will be tender. Arrange slices on your platter and seal it tightly storing it in the refrigerator. A few hours prior to the meal, take the ham out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. Warming or reheating fully cooked country ham can cause them to be dry and tough, warm only a few minutes if necessary.

The basic way to present your ham is simply by placing it on a beautiful platter. It is the first step to making a beautiful table. Ditch the pan, even a glass dish cannot match the elegance of a platter. This is true whether you are serving a whole ham, or ham slices. If your serving slices of ham only, arrange them evenly and strategically so that individuals are easily remove them.

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If you want to add more than a simple platter, especially for a whole ham. Try fruit.

Colorful fruit, like you see here, whole or sliced can be arranged quaintly around the ham. Fruit offers a splash of color, and when eaten adds a compliment of sweet to the natural saltiness of ham. Often garnishes are not meant to be eaten, but fruit can be light fare for those wanting to keep their meal on the lighter side. Feel free to add a layer of green Parsley for a bedding.

Did you know? Parsley was introduced because after the meal, individuals would eat it to sweeten their breath.

 

ham prettyIf fruit doesn’t fit your fancy, you can add whole fall colored vegetables alongside your ham. Here we presented our ham with yellow squash, zucchini and mixture of green herbs. This look generally compliments a traditional fall table layout. While this garnish is not edible, because they are left whole you can easily use them later. You can easily use several varieties of vegetables here, including cherry tomatoes, lettuce, or peppers. You may want to look at your table cloth, and dishes to find a color scheme that will compliment what you’ve already chosen.

 

ham pretty 2Simply add a side. Depending on your planned side dishes, you could always use a one to garnish around the ham. The most common are hardy or fruit compost style side dishes. Sweet potatoes, Chutneys, Fresh lightly sauced Green beans are just a few options. You may choose to only use a small portion of the dish to garnish and have more available in its own serving dish nearby. It can often depend on the size of your platter, and the size of your ham. Choose your garnish with the understanding of the room you have left to fill on your platter. In the picture to the left, there was plenty of room for several asparagus so the ham is off center on a wider platter rather than a rounded platter.

 

Garnishing your ham and placing it on a beautiful platter can make the day seem extra special. While it is the meal that we gather for, it is also to take the time to show others we care and be grateful for the many gifts we have been given. We hope you will spend the day with family and friends sharing in the joys of the holiday season.

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, from our family here at Broadbent Hams.

 

 

 

 

How to Portion Plan Your Thanksgiving

pablo (1)When it comes to Thanksgiving, it is the holiday most associated with food. As a guest, it can be a simple and joyous holiday; as the host, it can be stressful and overwhelming. We want to help ease the stress of planning and preparing. The one complaint that accompanies Thanksgiving most often is, “What do I do with all the leftovers?”. The best way to fight the leftover overload is to simply avoid them. With planning and our tips, we will try to keep your fridge door closing.

Make a list! Whether it is hand-written or a detailed excel spreadsheet, know who is coming to your gathering. Most likely these are individuals you know well, so indicate how many are adults and children. Children tend to eat less and if you just count individuals you are sure to have left overs.Count 2 children as one adult. If they are younger than school age, don’t count their portions at all. The amount they will eat, especially across several dishes will be too small to worry about.

Vthanksgiving-694170_640ary your Dish Temperatures. Plan a meal that includes items that are best served hot, as well as room temperature. This can ease the stress of everything having to be kept warm and running extension cords to kitchen appliances. It can also allow you to arrange the food in a manner that it is least forgotten. Several times over the years, we had leftovers of items that forgot to be pulled out or were in a place where it was overlooked by most.

Appetizers. Depending on your meal, you may want to include appetizers. We often gather at around noon, but don’t eat for a few hours allowing everyone to talk and arrive. This is a great time to have bulk appetizers (such as chips & dips). If you’re going to eat immediately, you can likely skip the appetizers. If you’re going for traditional appetizers, offer no more than 4 different types, and account for 6-8 pieces per person.

The Meat! Deciding whether your meal will be meat focused is the first thing. If you plan to serve Ham or Turkey with a few sides, estimate about 8 oz (1/2 lb) per adult. If you plan to have a large buffet style meal with several appetizers, sides, desserts and more then opt of for only 4 oz (1/4 lb) per adult. While some may eat more meat than others, some will eat less.

Skip the Skipped. Think about your last holiday meal. Was there an item that basically didn’t get eaten? This could be anything, maybe there was a ton of green salad left, or far too many rolls. Think about it, and create a solution to not repeat it. Whether it is to skip that dish all together, reduce the portion size, or put it in a better place. I stopped serving green salad at my parties because many people skipped it not wanting to mix it with other items on their plate.

Minimize the New. Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday comprised of family favorites, but it can be good to try something new. When it comes to introducing new dishes, don’t aim for too many. Humans are creatures of habit and will eat the familiar first and get full. This can leave the new dishes to be tried but maybe not devoured, often the first year I introduce a new dish it is just tasted which results in about half or more being left behind, even if guests said they enjoyed it. I would suggest trying to introduce your new dishes as an appetizer or at the front of the line, where guests are likely to put more of it on their plate.

Side Dish Serving Size. When it comes to your traditional side dishes plan about 3-4 oz per person, for those that are more filling such as pasta, potatoes or bread based plan for 2-3 oz per person. When it comes to how many side dishes, that is your choice. If you don’t want to many side dishes, ask individuals to bring dessert, drinks or tableware instead. Often, these items can fall to the host by default but some guests will be relieved to bring these simple items rather than a covered dish. Think about your college age, single, and newly baby having friends. If they aren’t likely to have the time or kitchen to fix a dish they will welcome bringing cups, napkins or gallons of tea.

laugenbrotchen-1122511_640Bread! I adore bread, but serving it beforehand will allow guests to over indulge on this fast filling item. Opt instead to serve it with the meal. Estimate about 1 ½ rolls per individual, some guests will avoid it all together while others will eat extra without thinking twice.

Dessert. How full are you by the time you even think about dessert? If you’re having a large main meal, minimize desserts as many guests may simply be far too full to even take a bite. Offer few options, if there is a family favorite make it the main dessert event, offering only one or two other options in smaller portions. Also, having it alongside the meal can help be sure it is eaten. Sometimes individuals return for second helpings without thinking about dessert. By putting it alongside the main meal, they can serve themselves when ready instead of forgetting and filling up beforehand.

We hope these tips will help decrease the leftovers that normally take over your fridge this time of year. If your still afraid of lots of leftovers, consider grabbing a few disposable containers and fix plates for guests to take home. In my family, some individuals will be working so we will send home plates for them. I never count them as guests, but always have enough to make up a few plates with a large variety of good food.

5 Tips for a Great Holiday Office Party

5 Tips for a Great Holiday Office Party

The holiday season is right around the corner. While there are, several holidays being celebrated, most companies opt for one end-of-the-year party. This is a great time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and thank those around you for their efforts all year. Organizing a party can be a large task but keep these 5 tips in mind while planning your corporate event, to ease the task.

#1 Be well organized! If you’re having a pot luck, then have a sign-up sheet a head of time. If the company is throwing the party itself, let everyone know if it will be a full meal, or hors’ devours. Keep what your serving in mind when it comes to time, don’t serve only hors’ devours at a meal time. If your skipping the meal allow adequate time for employees to leave work and have their meal before the party would begin. Also, be sure to let individuals know whether it is an employee only event, or if significant others or families are invited.

#2 Go buffet style. There are more costs associated with a sit-down dinner that can easily be eliminated by a buffet. It also allows individuals to make their own food choices, which can reduce waste.

#3 Skip the symbolic carving. This can cause issues in the moment, though it may seem like a nice idea. It can also add time and frustration for those who are hungry, especially if you invite children. Choose your meat ahead of time and have it pre-carved. This will help keep serving sizes consistent. At Broadbent, we offer hams in a variety of sizes. We sell ham in slices, which look lovely plated. If you want the traditional whole ham, we offer our uncooked hams to be pre-sliced, all you’ll have to do is bake it. Even if you are having a pot-luck, it is a nice gesture for the company to purchase the meat as their contribution to the meal.

#4 Choose the right venue. Choose a location familiar with office parties, that offers a nice setting with simple décor. If the place looks pleasant already, you can add minimal decorations to give it a festive feel. You’ll also want to choose something size appropriate, large empty spaces can result in awkwardness. If your party needs to be at the company itself, choose the best space for it. Offer decorations to take it to the next level, eliminating the feel of just another “work event”.

#5 Thank Your Employees. A party is a perfect place to show your appreciation to your employees. If you give out awards, do it during the party to make them extra special. If awards are not the company standard, simply offer a nice speech thanking everyone for their hard work all year. Take a moment to thank a few individuals who have gone above and beyond, it will make everyone feel appreciated. If you give a gift to employees this would also be a good time to hand those out. At Broadbent, we offer gift baskets that make wonderful corporate gifts, check them out here.

Corporate parties can be large affairs, or you can keep it on the simpler side. The main goal of the party should be a celebration of a good year, and to make employees feel appreciated. Don’t throw an obligatory party that individuals won’t want to attend. With just a few extra steps, you can make the event memorable.

3 Sophisticated Sandwich Inspirations

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November 3, 2016 marks National Sandwich Day. In celebration, we are sharing 3 inspiring recipes to add sophistication to your lunch box. These can also be served easily for impromptu guests or making use of holiday left overs when you never know who may be joining you for a meal.

Hot Ham & Swiss

Ham and Cheese on a croissant roll can be breakfast, lunch or dinner. This versatile sandwich can also bring a touch of sophistication to your lunch box or brunch. They can also be served on the side of a comfort soup in the winter for a very filling meal.

Hot Ham & Swiss          serves 4

4 Croissants (split horizontal)

8 Slices Swiss Cheese

1 lb. Broadbent Ham sliced to your preference

2 T Dijon Mustard

1 T honey

1 T Brown Sugar

Mix your honey, mustard and sugar in a small bowl. Spread onto your croissant then layer in your ham and cheese. We use 2 slices of Swiss one on each side of the ham, but feel free to use less. Wrap each sandwich in foil and place in an oven heated to 350 for 10-15 minutes for yummy perfection!

Avocado & Ham Sandwich

If you’re not a cheese lover, skip the traditional Swiss and instead try avocado. Avocado offers a slightly nutty and creamy flavor which complements the saltiness of ham well. This is a great way to use up leftover ham from holidays. Use a meat slicer, they sell them at most kitchen appliance stores and thinly slice the remaining portion of ham to use for sandwiches.

Avocado & Ham Sandwich      serves 6ham-avocado-sandwich-xl

¾ lb Broadbent Ham (thinly sliced)

2 Loaf Ficelle (or sub style bread of your choice)

2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard

Pinch of cracked pepper

3 Avocados

Cut bread loaves into thirds, you’ll get 6 pieces; slice for a horizontal opening. Stir together butter, pepper and mustard in a small dish then spread on individual breads. Layer on the ham and avocado.

Grilled Ham & Cheese with Honey Mustard Sauce

Grilled cheese is a fall favorite, but you can kick it up a few notches by adding ham and serving with a dipping sauce. This is a great idea for weekend lunches and sneaks in a vegetable that makes you feel like this sandwich is a little healthy.

Grilled Ham & Cheese with Honey Mustard Sauce                Serves 4

8 slices wheat bread

2 T butter (for buttering the outsides)grilled ham and cheese

1 lb. Broadbent Ham, sliced to your preference

8 Slices of Cheddar Cheese

1 c. Chopped Kale

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

1/4 C + 2 T Honey

¼ c Yellow Mustard

2 T Dijon Mustard

1 C Mayonnaise

Stir all ingredients for honey mustard dipping sauce together until smooth, store in a bowl until ready for use.

Spread a thin layer of the mixture on the insides of the bread slices. Layer the bread with ham and cheese topped off with a handful of Kale. Butter the outside portion of the bread slices. Then in a skillet over medium heat, cook the sandwiches on each side about 2-3 minutes each side. They are done when cheese is completely melted. Serve while hot, alongside the dipping sauce.

These tasty sandwiches are easy to whip up and most of the items are commonly found in the kitchen. Impress your family, friends or coworkers by stepping up your sandwich game. Feel free to tell them the idea just came to you, we won’t say a word. Happy National Sandwich Day!

3 SPOOKY THEMED TREATS

halloween party (1)Are you ready for Halloween? Just a week away but it isn’t too late to add some spirit to your holiday. We are bumping up the holiday spirit with food of course. If you’re not having a party, try just adding fun to your meals that day. These are also great recipes to teach basic kitchen skills, so get the kids involved.

Olive & Cheese Kabobs Serves 8

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4 oz Hickory Smoked Cheddar
8 Skewers (themed if you can find them)

Cut your cheddar into small squares about the size of an olive. Layer olives and cheese onto the skewers. The coloring adds to the Halloween theme and if you can find themed skewers they can go add more theme. This is also a great treat to break up the sugar.

*This can teach counting, basic knife skills and patterns.

Halloween Shaped Pancakes

Halloween-pancakes-3Our Broadbent Pancake Mix with a little help from your favorite Halloween cookies cutters can bring the Halloween theme to the breakfast table. The both the shapes and anti-shapes to achieve the look. All you need is our Pancake mix and stir in water until it reaches your desired consistency (easily pourable).

*The best skills pancakes teach us is patience, set a timer or count down with your child to flipping and removing. Let them cut out their own shapes and decorate them with various toppings.

 

Bacon Jalapeno Dip in a Baked Pumpkin 

2-3 lb. pumpkin, cleaned out

16 oz. cream cheese
2 C. Monterey jack or Mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 T. finely chopped jalapeno
2 T. finely chopped onion
1/2 C. cooked and crumbed Broadbent Hickory Bacon
3/4 C. Salsa Verde

Heat oven to 350. Place the cream cheese in a large microwave safe bowl and soften
on high for about 1 minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients.

Place the dip in the cleaned pumpkin and place it in a baking dish with 1 inch of water. Lightly cover the pumpkin with foil. Place the pumpkin and baking dish in the oven and bake for about one hour or until the dip is hot and beginning to bubble around the edges. I put the top of the pumpkin in the oven for the last 20 minutes so it looked baked too.

*Let your children draw and decorate a small jack-o-lantern to store the dip inside. Let them shred the cheese, and don’t be afraid to them mix things up with their clean hands! Cream cheese is a great texture experience.

Kids in the kitchen always adds fun, passing on the love of food and cooking is a family tradition at Broadbent. Show us how your family spends time together in the kitchen. Pictures are loved and appreciate whether in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

5 Tips for hosting a Grown-up Halloween party

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Halloween is right around the corner, if you’ve decided (or decide at the last minute) to throw a party with an adult guest list we’ve got 5 Tips for you. We all know Halloween is associated with Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins but we forget that it doesn’t have to be all about the kids. No matter your age, Halloween can be a fun time to share in the spirit of all things spooky, eerie and creepy.

#1 Create a Spooky Atmosphere

Skip the cartoon version of Halloween instead, opt to create an eerie and spooky mood. Choose a simple color scheme that compliments fall, use a lot of candles to provide a relaxed and dim lighting scheme and use natural fibers in your décor to have an older feel throughout your venue. If you are having a party in your home, focus your décor in the main areas and go all out instead of trying to cover the entire house. Always bring personal touches to your decorating, it will help guests remember it was your unique party.

#2 Get Creative with Cocktailsdrink 

If you’re group doesn’t drink, embrace themed non-alcoholic drinks. Either way make the beverages part of the experience. There are a number of Halloween themed cocktails across the web, including these 27 inspirations from HGTV. Let your glassware and serving ware get the Halloween treatment by including vials, beakers, dry ice and interestingly shaped stemware. Crystal skull containers also add a chill and can be filled with any color to offer a variety of looks.

 

#3 Theme Your Food

spider-eggsForget filling bowls with chips and candy, instead opt to create themed but sophisticated snacks. Depending on your skill level, try different types of treats. These Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies are unique and delicious.  Deviled eggs get an extra creepy vibe with olives in this Spooky Spider Eggs recipe. Use small cookie cutters of fall or Halloween shapes to create cut outs from quality cheese, like our Hickory Smoked Cheddar. Our Summer Sausage pairs well with the hickory smoked cheddar and its simple round shape can frame the cheddar cutouts well.  If you’ve chosen fun dippables, then try offering a variety of dips. We offer several herb mixes that will spice up the party. Since it is Halloween, candy is often expected try our Old Kentucky Bourbon Chocolates. They offer a unique taste, and will be eaten so quick the kids will never find out.

If you are opting to serve a full meal, keep it simple with this Black Bean Pumpkin soup, it captures the spirit of the season and offers a canvas for decorating. Get colorful with spooky spaghetti and meatballs. Spaghetti noodles are easily dyed any color to fit your scheme. Be sure to dress the plates before serving, or serve family style from theme fitting bowls. If you don’t want to purchase all brand new dishware, try looking online or in local thrift shops to purchase low price but non-disposable items. Antiques can be of great use here, so you may check with family members to borrow as well.

#4 Offer an Activitymurder

If you’re looking to take your party over the top, give everyone a focal activity. Making your party a scavenger hunt, a murder mystery, or escape room style theme. If you’re not ready to make the whole party around the activity, try offering a game station. Set up horror movie trivia, Guess the Villain (a twist on Heads Up!) or a scary photo booth. Choose the right activities based on the interests and size of your group. If your planning for a large crowd, you may offer a few game options so that those interested can play what they want.

#5 Dress Up!

Don’t forget to mention that costumes are a must on the invite! As the host, don’t focus so much on the party that you forget yours either. Choose something that fits the theme. (Maybe skip the banana costume this year) If your hosting as a couple, be sure to dress that way, it will solidify that guests can identify you as the hosts. If your party has a theme such as celebrity, or zombies let guests know. Some common themes for more elegant costumes could be steampunk, 20s, masquerade, mermaid, vampires, gods or royals.

Halloween parties in the end are all about the fun! No one knows you or friends better, so pick your theme and costumes accordingly. An organized party can knock the socks off your guests, and if you’re going for big impact don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is a party planner or just making a small group of 2-4 of you it can really take the pressure off one person to bring so many elements together.

Unique Foodie Gift Ideas

Unique FoodieThis time of year, gets everyone thinking of gift ideas. We often want to give gifts that people will enjoy receiving and will make a lasting memory. If you’re looking for a unique gift to make that lasting impression on your foodie friend or family member we’ve got a few suggestions.

Milk Chocolate Bacon Barkbacon bark 

These treats combine two savory flavors, chocolate and bacon. The sweet and salty combination is made up of our hickory smoked bacon and a smooth creamy milk chocolate coating. The bag is the right size for the flavor packed in the punch. You’ll receive 2-5 oz. packages so you can spread the love among two individuals or perhaps keep one for yourself.

 

Marker’s Mark Bourbon Flavored Gourmet Saucemakersmark

This rich and savory sauce is made with America’s award-winning Marker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky. Let this sauce bring a traditional Kentucky flavor to your table. It compliments well to beef, poultry, seafood or BBQ. This gift is wonderful for grill lovers, Bourbon lovers, or just anyone who loves to try new things.

 

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This meaty combination offers the three top selling Broadbent products packaged in one delicious gift box. Containing 2- 14 oz. packs of Hickory Smoked Bacon, 2 lb. roll of Grandma Broadbent’s Smoked Country Sausage, and 2 lbs. uncooked sliced center ham steaks this box makes a wonderful gift for co-workers, bosses, and meat lovers.

 

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Breakfast Combo

If you’ve got a friend or family member who is always raving about breakfast, this is the gift for them. Whether they decide to have breakfast or briner it will be a meal filled with flavor. This combination includes 10 oz. Country Ham Breakfast Steaks, 14 oz. Hickory Smoked Bacon, 14 oz. Peppered Bacon, and a 2 lb. roll of Grandma Broadbent’s Smoked Country Sausage. This combo makes a great family gift, company gift or just for anyone who appreciates high quality meats.

 

These are just a few of the products we offer, each of these offers a unique flavor that food lovers can appreciate. See all our gifts of great taste here, we’ve got products for any holiday budget. We aim for our products to reach each of our customers as soon as possible, for a better estimate of delivery times click here.  The holiday season is right around the corner, and we hope you can find a gift inspiration with Broadbent.

Crockpot Comfort Foods

 

Crockpot comfort

Here in Kentucky it is has just started to cool off. While it has not dropped to solid coat weather yet, we are looking forward to kicking up the use of our Crockpots. There is nothing like coming home on a cool day to the smell of a delicious meal filing your home. These 3 recipes are easy and will fill your home and heart with warmth. I have fond memories of coming home, after a long blustery day and enjoying even just holding the warm bowl and letting its scent fill my nose. As an adult, I love the ease that Crockpots provide along with that sweet aroma.

Ham & Cheese with Potatoes
4 medium Potatoes (russet, Yukon, red), sliced
1 C. Broadbent Ham Sliced into bite size chunks
2 tsp Garlic Powder
3/4 c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 Slices Muenster Cheese
½ C. flour
1 c. heavy whipping cream

In a large bowl, add potatoes, flour and garlic tossing until coated evenly. Layer half the potatoes into your crockpot, the next layer will be half the ham and cheese, repeat again potatoes-ham-cheese layers until you run out of ingredients. Pour the heavy whipping cream on top and cook for 4.5 hours on low heat.

 

Crockpot Corn Chowder

2 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1 (16 oz) can creamed corn
6 slices of broadbent’s thick cut bacon crumbled, or end pieces
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup half and half (can substitute cream or chicken broth, if desired)
additional crumbled bacon for topping, if desired

Combine the potatoes, corn, creamed corn, bacon, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and pepper in a slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours. Add in the half and half and cook an additional 15-20 minutes, until heated through. Serve topped with additional bacon, if desired.

Crockpot Split Pea Soup

1 lb. dry split peas
2 cups of Broadbent’s Ham, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 cup celery, chopped
2 cups carrots, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
32 oz. of chicken broth
2 cups water

Place all ingredients into a 6-quart crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

We absolutely adore these classic comfort foods. Plus, we love to add corn bread on the side. Our long standing corn bread mix is a rich and flavorful addition to the meal, but feel free to add some extra flavor to the mix with cheese or jalapenos. What is your favorite crock pot meal? Share in the comments below, we love to share recipes within our food loving community.

Game Day Appetizers

GAME DAY APPETIZERS

We are gearing up for Football season! One of our favorite things besides the game is the food. Whether you watch with friends or family it is going to be a great time. These appetizers are more for the indoor game watchers than for tailgaters, because well not all fans get to attend every game but they can still cheer from home. Below are 3 of our favorites to enjoy with family, trying to bring a gourmet feel to a game day of fun.

Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Creamy Dill Sauce (Real Simple)

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1 1/2 pounds new potatoes (about 15), halved

15 slices Broadbent Pepper Bacon, halved crosswise

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

kosher salt and black pepper

Directions

  1. Steam the potatoes in a steamer basket in a large saucepan until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Heat oven to 425° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Wrap each potato with a piece of bacon and place, seam-side down, on the baking sheet. Bake until the bacon is crisp, 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, dill, caraway seeds, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the potatoes.

 

Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread cornbread

Ingredients

Broadbent Cornbread Mix

Water (add until reaching desired consistency)

Fresh Chopped Jalapenos

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions

Place desired amount of cornbread mix in large bowl, stir in water to reach desired consistency. Add shredded cheddar cheese and finely chopped Jalapeno pieces (amount is based on preferences). Spoon into muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees until golden brown, 30-40 minutes.

summer sausage

Fresh Deli Style Spread

A great way to incorporate lots of fun items without cooking is with a simple a fresh food tray. Try loading a large wooden tray down with favorites including Summer Sausage, Ham Rolls, Olives, Crackers, Cheese slices, and on the side try a variety of pickles. Choose something extra special such as our Sweet Dillies.

 

 

When it comes to planning any party, simply think about your crowd & weather. Try not to get too specific, trying to please everyone can be overwhelming (except allergies like nuts) but if there are children try to avoid serving to many spicy foods. Always be aware of the weather simply because grilling in the rain is less than desirable.

What is a Game Day favorite in your household?