Easy Sides for Easter Supper

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Traditional Easter meals look different across the U.S. but ham is almost always at the center of the table. We’ve put together a few of our favorite recipes that are easy, but add color to your beautiful springtime table served alongside that delicious ham. Whether you’re feeding a small family or a large group these recipes are easy to adapt and won’t leave you weighed down, but we can’t say the same about the Easter candy you’ll sneak.

Savory Garlic Mashed Potatoes serves 4

These potatoes are delicious and perfect for lighter meals, as the garlic and butter mixture renders gravy unnecessary. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for large groups.

Ingredients

4 Russet Potatoes, peeled

2 cloves garlic

1 ½ Tablespoons white sugar

2 Tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 Cup Milk

Directions

Peel your potatoes and slice thinly (I slice rather than dice and they cook just as efficiently). Add potatoes and garlic into the pan and fill with water just enough to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil and cover cooking about 10-15 minutes. You want potatoes to be fork tender. Drain water from pan and add in milk, salt, butter, and sugar. Use either a hand mixer or potato masher to mash the potatoes. Serve warm.

*If you love garlic, you can feel free to add additional cloves in with the potatoes.

Buttery Garlic & Bacon Peas

Bacon adds a bit of savory to peas in this light side dish that will add color to your Easter table. If your store has steamable bags of peas, I recommend cooking them for the shortest time on the package then skipping to step 2. This is an easy and quick dish that you can whip up just before heading out the door to an Easter gathering.

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1 lb. frozen Green Peas

2 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine

2 Cloves Garlic, minced

½ teaspoon lemon pepper

1 cup Broadbent Bacon, cooked and crumbled

½ cup Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  1. Pour peas into a skillet and add water, just enough to cover the peas. Bring water to a boil then reduce and simmer about 5 min turning the peas to a fork tender.
  2. Drain water and return peas to pan. Add bacon, butter, garlic and lemon pepper. Continue to cook over medium heat about 5 minutes stirring gently. Add parmesan cheese and toss to coat, serve warm.

 

Maple Glazed Carrots  serves 6

These carrots bring color and sweetness to the table. Offering sweet and savory side dishes will really balance out the salty goodness of a salt-cured country ham.

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10-12 Carrots

4 Tablespoon Butter (recommended to use real butter)

½ teaspoon Salt

1/3 Cup Pure Maple Syrup

2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

Dash of Black Pepper

Directions

Scrub carrots and slice into thin sticks. Heat skillet over medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of butter. Sauté carrots until they become a richer orange, several minutes. Turn skillet to low, add salt, brown sugar, maple syrup and remaining butter. Continue to cook uncovered for an estimated 10 minutes. Carrots should be tender enough to bite, the glaze should be thickened. Place carrots in a serving dish and sprinkle with black pepper.

 

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Ingredients

1 lb. Fresh Green Beans

8 Slices of Broadbent Maplewood Smoked Bacon

1 Tablespoon of unsalted butter

Salt & Pepper

Cooking Spray

Directions

Grease a large baking sheet. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash beans and snap their ends off. Salt and pepper them lightly. In bunches of 5-6 wrap the green beans with one slice of bacon. Lay them seam-side down on the baking sheet. Melt butter and drizzle on top of beans evenly. Bake 40-45 minutes until bacon is crispy and brown.

 

Don’t forget the rolls and dessert, we suggest carrot cake! If you’re a first ham cook, check out our tips on preparing your ham here. See our tips for presenting your holiday ham here. When it comes to Easter create a colorful inviting atmosphere and take advantage of the weather to spend time outdoors and let kids burn off that energy!

 

Picnic Pack-Worthy Recipes

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Spring has sprung and we are bursting at the seams to spend more time outdoors, for us that means picnics! Time spend with family is a priceless and outdoors to boot is better. Whether you like to hike, camp or just play in the backyard you can’t forget the food. These recipes keep it simple, travel well and are kid friendly. Stock your pantry for these picnic basket worthy recipes and don’t forget the napkins.

Fruit & Cheese Skewers

This is an easy, kid-friendly picnic snack. Let the kids help by layering the items onto the skewers. By using skewers you’ll be kids hands clean and make it easy to eat outdoors.

Ingredients

8 Small skewers
16 oz. Broadbent Cheddar Cheese, cut into squares
2 apples, cut into squares or balls

Directions

Cut your block of cheddar cheese into 16 squares that are bite size (1 oz.). Then cut or scoop out apples until you get 16 balls (use a melon baller) or squares. Alternate cheese and apples onto the 8 small skewers, 2 cheese/ 2 apples each. Place in an air tight container and keep cool. If you want to prepare them early brush apples with lemon juice to keep from turning brown.

Turkey-Bacon-Avocado Club

This is a popular sandwich at many shops and delis around the country. Make your own and wrap in wax paper to separate for each family member. Let kids stack their own together and decorate the wax paper which it will be wrapped in for a more special outing.

Ingredients

8 slices bread, sourdough recommended
8 slices Broadbent Bacon
1 avocado, peeled and sliced thinly
1 tomato, sliced
12 oz. deli-style turkey
8 small leaves romaine lettuce
Mayo

Directions

Spread mayo on each slice of bread. On four, layer tomato, lettuce, turkey, bacon and avocado. Top with sliced bread, wrap with wax paper.

Ham Salad

This is an easy dish to make at the last minute. It is easy to double or triple the recipe making enough to feed a crowd. You could also serve in a sandwich style like chicken or tuna salad.

Ingredients

8 oz. Broadbent’s Cooked Ground Ham
8 oz. your favorite mayo
1pk Buttery crackers

Directions

In a medium bowl, stir together mayo and ground ham until combined. Store in an airtight container. Serve with your favorite buttery crackers (such as Townhouse or Ritz).

Sweet & Sassy Country Ham Rolls

This sandwich is a delicious blend of kid-friendly favorites. Combine cheese, fruit and meat onto one savory roll. Serve them up warm or cool. You could also take ingredients separate (pre-heat the rolls) and assemble outdoors.

Ingredients

Broadbent Cooked Country Ham Sandwich slices
Sister Shubert Rolls, heated per package directions
Broadbent Sweet & Tangy Mustard
Broadbent Hickory Smoked Cheddar Cheese
Golden Delicious Apple Slice
Lettuce

Directions

Heat rolls, slice in half then layer from bottom to top beginning with mustard, ham, cheese, apple, lettuce and 2nd half of roll.

These recipes are delicious and easy, but different than your average PB&J or burgers you may have at many picnics. Remember to get kids involved in the kitchen, cooking is a life skill, probably the best tasting and most fun too. Do you have a favorite picnic recipe? Share in the comments.

Easy Ham Recipes for Busy Families

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Ham often comes to mind when picturing large family gatherings, but there doesn’t have to be a holiday for ham to be on the menu. We recommend ham any time of year. Usually even a medium sized ham will feed more than an average family, which is the beauty of ham. Once it’s cooked it can be sliced and diced to store.

Store cooked ham in the freezer, up to a month and in the refrigerator about a week. One way to save time during the week is to cut the remainder of the ham up and store them for easy use later. I dice mine into bite size pieces which are perfect for eggs, quiche, soups and casseroles. This makes it easy to pull out a handful for eggs in the morning, or a whole package for a casserole that night. Be sure to use air tight containers.

 

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

This is a delicious comfort recipe that is relaxing at the end of a long day. One trick to make weeknight recipes faster is to use slow cookers and prep foods on the weekend. Onions, carrots and celery can usually be chopped and stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for a few days. Think about chopping up all the items you can for recipes when you’re making dinner on the weekend it will save time and dishes.

Ingredients

8 C. Potatoes, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
½ C. Celery, chopped
1 lb. Broadbent Ham, diced
¼ C. Flour
4 C. Chicken Broth
1 ½ C. Whole Milk
1/2 C. Sour Cream

Directions

Place your chopped potatoes, ham, carrots, celery, and onions in the slow cooker. Pour in your chicken broth and set to low 7-8 hours, or high 4-6 hours. Use a potato masher mash into the slow cooker, about 1/3 of the potatoes. Add flour, milk, pepper and sour cream stir it all together let cook about 15 minutes longer. Add salt to taste, but be sure to taste it first as our ham is saltier than standard grocery store hams.

Ham & Hash Casserole

This recipe is easy to throw together, pop in the oven and let you get back to having time with the kids. No stirring or flipping is necessary. This uses frozen hash browns but you can use fresh potatoes simply shred or chop them into bite sized pieces.

Ingredients

1 30 oz. Bag of frozen hash brown
8 oz. sour cream
1 large Onion, chopped
2 cans Cream of Mushroom
1 lb. Broadbent Ham, Cubed
2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all your ingredients into a 9×13 baking dish, but reserve ½ your cheese to sprinkle directly on top. Then bake about 1 hour, potatoes should be done enough to easily poke with a fork.

Slow-Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup
Slow-cooker recipes are great when your busy, plus you get a delicious aroma. In this recipe, we use canned beans out of convenience and additional to make the soup more ham-tastic. You could put this together the night before and pour into your slow cooker in the morning before your off for the day.

Ingredients

1 Broadbent ham-hock
1 1/2 cups of Broadbent country ham, diced
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 cups carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
3 cans white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (15 ounce cans)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 cups chicken stock

Directions
In your slow cooker place the bone, chopped ham, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, cannellini beans, thyme, rosemary, chicken stock. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Remove the ham bone and discard. Add salt or pepper to taste (due to the increased saltiness of cured country ham, we always recommend salting only after tasting)

These recipes will make great use of a ham and are easy to let cook while you’re busy with work, family, or life in general. Ham and Ham-hocks are great items to keep on hand as they are quick and easy to work with. Have a favorite ham recipe share it in the comments below!

10 Tips for the Modern Southern Hostess

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A modern southern hostess offers southern hospitality and grace. Those characteristics never go out of style, but the addition of technology adds a few items to our hostess’ list we can offer guests. One key thing to remember as well is that whether a party, dinner or overnight holiday pictures will likely be taken and shared. Be sure to get your home Facebook ready.

Entertaining Tips

#1 Write your Wi-Fi password somewhere visible and easy to read. Consider a white board or chalk board in the kitchen or on a table. There are a ton of cute DIY whiteboard ideas on Pinterest that can fit any decor. This avoids having guests roam the property looking for signal to post group shots.

Bonus Tip: Write a unique hashtag, (i.e #ourparty) along with the password so everyone can use it to connect party photos. This is very popular for weddings now, but can be done for any party size.

#2 Stock the fridge with drinks and snacks. Have a variety on hand for guests to easily grab. It will make snacking quick and easy for you and your guests. Let no one go home hungry or thirsty.

#3 Be sure you have enough seating and perhaps an extra or two for anyone unexpected that comes along. A southern hostess welcomes the unexpected guests no matter what. This doesn’t necessarily have to be at one dining table, just avoid anyone having to sit on the floor.

#4 Have the Tylenol (or your choice of pain reliever) on hand. I keep mine in the kitchen. It prevents anyone from rifling through your bathroom and is close to the drinking glasses.

#5 Have dessert! Cake is the number one, even if it is a small cake such as Coffee or Bundt. Since these get together are often a special occasion indulge a little. Don’t forget coffee or tea to serve alongside.

#6 Thank everyone for coming. Be sure to say goodbye and thank each individual guest for coming. Even if you don’t get much time to spend one-on-one, this recognizes them and their contribution to the event.

Overnight Guest Tips

#7 For overnight guests stock up on extras. Consider having travel size items of things like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, etc. just in case something was forgotten. Consider displaying them or just organizing them well in the restroom.

#8 Add a bit of luxury. Place in the bedroom more luxurious items if you wanted to offer a five-star feeling like slippers, magazines, robes, etc. Stock the bathroom with the best linens. Make the experience Facebook brag worthy.

#9 Keep extra phone chargers on hand. The worst feelings, is to have forgotten your phone charger and having to make every bit of battery last. Keep one for each type of device. They are relatively inexpensive now and are not often changed by the manufacturers.

#10 Plan for Breakfast. Keep Broadbent Breakfast items on hand to make the first meal filling and fun.

These tips should help your party or holiday run smoothly. It’s all about convenience and ease for guests and yourself. Really put yourself in your guest’s shoes when it comes to planning. While you don’t need to make it a full luxury resort, pre-planning and prep provides plenty of time for you to enjoy the festivities as well.

3 Enticing Recipes for Southern Grits

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Grits are a staple in south whether they are prepared for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In almost every southern movie, you’ll find snappy one liners about grits. If you didn’t know, Grits are coarsely ground corn kernels that are boiled with water or milk to create a creamy porridge like dish. They come in stone ground, hominy, quick and instant. Many cooks have their own preferences about which ones they will use.

“I never make the instant kind – some things a Southerner just won’t do!” Paula Deen

At Broadbent, we sell Stone Ground Grits. You’ll see them sold alone or in part of our breakfast combinations. There are a huge variety of ways to fix them. We are sharing three very popular ways in our recipes below.

Sausage & Grits Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients
1 cup Stone Ground Grits, uncooked
1 lb Grandma Broadbent’s Hickory Smoked sausage
1/2 stick butter
1 egg
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tsp paprika
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook grits in 4 C. of salted water until thick. Saute your sausage separating it into small even sized pieces. Drain grease from the sausage and pat dry, setting aside. Add egg, butter and 1 c. of shredded cheese to the grits stir to combine. Combine grits with sausage, then pour into a greased 13 x9 casserole dish. Top the dish with the additional cheese, paprika and parsley. Bake around 45-60 minutes, casserole should be lightly brown.

Shrimp & Cheese Grits with Bacon

Ingredients
4 cup water
1 cup stone ground grits
3 T butter
2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
6 slices Broadbent Hickory Smoked Bacon, chopped
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 tsp lemon juice
2 T parsley, chopped
1 cup green onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 black pepper, to taste

Directions
Bring 4 C. of water to a boil in a large pan. Add grits and cook until the water is completely absorbed est. 20-25 minutes. In the meantime, cook your bacon slices then remove from grease and pat dry.  In your bacon pan, save the grease and use to fry your shrimp until they turn pink. Then add lemon juice, green onions, garlic, parsley and sauté a few minutes longer.  When your grits have completely cooked, remove grits form heat and stir in your butter and cheddar cheese. Then layer your grits onto your serving plate(s) and top with the shrimp mixture, then sprinkle with bacon.

Gouda Grits

Ingredients
4 C. Chicken Broth
3 ½ C. Milk
2 tsp. salt
½ tsp black pepper
2 C. uncooked quick grits
6 oz. Gouda Cheese, shredded
¼ C. Butter

Directions
In a large pan bring broth, milk, salt and pepper to a boil. Gradually whisk in your grits pouring in evenly as you stir. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 10 minutes or until thick, whisking often. Remove from heat and stir in your butter and Gouda cheese. Serve warm.

Grits are really a solid foundation for many recipes, don’t be afraid to try them. Once you’ve got down how to prepare the grits experiment with a variety of pairings to create your own southern traditions. What are some of your favorite ways to prepare grits? Share in the comments below.

Peppered Bacon Spices Up 3 Classic Recipes

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This week we are obsessing over our peppered bacon. This is a treat in and of itself, but it can bring an extra something to some of your favorite recipes. We absolutely love to use and top or wrap our burgers, chicken and shrimp. Peppered bacon adds a bit of spice on top of the savory flavor of bacon. We are bursting at the seams to share some of our favorites recipes where peppered bacon steals the show.

Bacon Pepper jack Mac n’ Cheese

This comfort dish is bursting with flavor due not only to the peppered bacon, but the additional cheeses which come together for an award-winning combination. Consider this meal for your next night in!

Ingredients
4 T Butter
3 T flour
2 C heavy cream
1 C Milk
2 C Pepper Jack Cheese
1 C sharp cheddar cheese (white)
1 ½ C Cheddar Cheese
1 lb. Broadbent Peppered Bacon, cooked & crumbled
16 oz. macaroni noodles

Directions

Cook your pasta in a separate pot per package directions then set aside. In a sauce pan melt butter, over about medium heat, whisk in flour once it is fully melted creating a paste. Pour in cream and milk while whisking to get a smooth mixture stirring about 1-2 minutes as it warms. Add in all cheese about 1 cup at a time and whisk avidly. After all the cheese, then add in bacon and fold gently. Pour the cheese and bacon mixture onto the pasta and stir together.

Peppered Bacon & Onion Green Beans

This is an easy and delicious side dish. It is quick to put together but breaks the mold of plain steamed veggies served on the side. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for family gatherings.

Ingredients

1 lb. Green Beans, snipped and halved
5 slices of Broadbent Peppered bacon
1 C Sweet Onion, chopped
2 tsp Sugar
½ tsp Fresh Thyme
1 ½ T Apple Cider Vinegar
½ tsp pepper

Directions

Bring a pot of water to a boil and toss in green beans to boil about 4 minutes. Pour them into a strainer and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon but leave grease (around 2 T) in the pan, add onions and saute about 3-4 minutes. Add sugar and thyme continue cooking another 2-3 minutes. Add in apple cider and pepper cooking for about another minute. Toss in bacon and green beans mixing everything together and serve warm.

Spaghetti Pasta Carbonara

This classic pasta dish gets a bit of an upgrade by using peppered bacon. The pepper brings to life the simplicity of this dish. This dish is quick and easy to prepare but there can be a trick to mixing it together quickly at the end for a perfectly creamy sauce.

Ingredients
1 T Olive Oil
½ lb. Broadbent Peppered Bacon, diced
2 garlic cloves
4 whole eggs
1 C Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 lb. Spaghetti Pasta
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

Boil pasta noodles in a large pot per package directions. While cooking pasta, in a sauté pan heat the olive oil and bacon pieces cooking until crispy. Add garlic and cook another minute. Remove bacon and garlic mixture, set aside in a large bowl (I mean big). In a small bowl, combine ½ c. cheese and eggs and set aside until pasta is al dente. Once the pasta is al dente, pull out with tongs and place in the large bowl with the bacon and garlic, the pasta will be dripping wet toss to combine. Quickly while the pasta is still mostly hot pour the egg mixture and toss to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add some pasta water (start with a tablespoon) and mix to get desired creamy texture. Serve warm and top with the additional parmesan cheese.

These 3 recipes are just the start of what any cook can do to bring more flavor to the kitchen. What ways have you used peppered bacon?

Cast Iron Skillet Recipes

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From breakfast to dessert Cast-Iron is a go to tool for many southern cooks. It’s versatility allows it to go from the stove top to the oven. It makes clean up a breeze and gives crusty goodness to many of your favorite baked dishes. Below are three of our favorite dishes that we pull out our trusty cast-iron skillet to make.

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Quiche

This rich and delicious breakfast is a snap to put together and feeds an average family easily. The crust can be made from scratch if you wish, but you can easily purchase a ready-made dough to make this meal quick and easy with minimal clean up. Feel free to add additional ingredients that your family loves just be sure to not overfill the crust. I add mushrooms because we love, love, love them.

Ingredients

1 pastry crust

8 Eggs

1 pint Heavy Cream

½ lb. Broadbent Ham, chopped

16 oz. Swiss Cheese, shredded

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your rolled-out pastry crust along the bottom of your cast iron skillet. In a large bowl, mix together eggs and cream well. Then add ham and 8 oz of the cheese to the mixture folding gently to combine. Pour egg mix into the pastry crust and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until eggs are completely cooked (poke with a fork and fork comes out clean).

Chicken Bacon Ranch Skillet

This dish is easy to make but feels like it’s right from the restaurant kitchen. Chicken Bacon Ranch is a combination hot in the food industry right now. Make this version at home and share with the whole family served alongside fresh vegetables such as green bean or corn.

Ingredients

8 Chicken Thighs

12 slices Broadbent Bacon

8 oz. Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Black Pepper to taste

Ranch Dressing for drizzle

Directions

Cut bacon into bite size pieces and cook in cast-iron skillet on medium heat until bacon is fully cooked but not crispy. In the meantime, cut chicken thighs into bite size pieces. Remove bacon and set aside on paper towels (to help remove some grease). Reserve drippings in pan and place chicken pieces seasoned with pepper; cook until no longer pink. Add bacon back into the skillet and toss to blend with chicken. Sprinkle on shredded cheese and drizzle a light layer of ranch across the top.

*Do not add salt until dish is tasted, the bacon will add salt to the entire dish.

Simple Peach Cobbler

Dessert is just as easy to whip up with a few simple ingredients and a deep cast iron skillet. This is a go to for unexpected guests as all the ingredients can be kept in your pantry and it can be tossed together in only a few moments. Using a cast iron skillet really gives it a crispy edge, though if you don’t own cast iron feel free to use a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Ingredients

1 large (29 ounce) can sliced peaches -drained

1 C Butter- melted

2 C Sugar

2 C Flour

2 C Milk

2 tsp Baking Powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer peaches into your cast iron skillet. Evenly distribute melted butter over peaches. In a bowl combine sugar, flour, baking powder and milk to create a batter. Pour batter evenly onto peach and butter mixture. Bake for roughly 45 minutes or until golden brown.

If you’re looking to use your cast-iron skillet more consider trying many of your regular baking projects in your skillet instead. Brownies are another one of my favorites to bake in cast-iron. If you have a favorite cast iron recipe share in the comments below. Let’s get cooking!

HOW TO THROW A SOUTHERN BISCUIT BAR PARTY

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A southern biscuit bar party is a trend down south growing in popularity. It is a fun and simple theme for a brunch get- together especially for small to medium size crowds. This is an easy option for a shower, late morning wedding, or pre-ceremony brunch. This time of year, (January) the holiday season is over; we will now have a generally quiet period until Easter. During this quiet time though it can be fun to have a simple get together to enjoy company and catch up.

To help you entertain in this fun fashion, we have gathered a few tips.

#1 Start with a delicious biscuit.

The best biscuits are of course homemade. Here at Broadbent, we sell a biscuit mix that need only be mixed with water to the desired consistency. You can roll them out and cut them into the traditional round shape with a biscuit cutter (cookie cutter or cup). Be sure to dip your cutter in flour for a smooth cut and place them on a baking sheet. If you want to prepare them ahead of time, they can be placed in the freezer. Once they are frozen solid, you can secure them in a Ziploc freezer bag and store for about 30 days or less. On the day of the gathering, remove from freezer and lay on baking sheets a bit before they bake so they can defrost.

#2 _______ on-a-biscuit.

Since this will often be a meal, think about offering a variety of toppings that will allow it to be filling for all guests. The most popular on-a-biscuit items are fried chicken strips, Broadbent country ham slices, Broadbent bacon, and fried green tomatoes.  Gravy including sausage gravy can also be a filling addition to biscuits. These items are traditionally served hot; consider a chaffing dish or bringing them out of the oven in a dish ready to serve.

#3 Jellies, Jams & Butters.

For those wanting a lighter biscuit, offer a variety of popular jellies, jams or butters. My favorite is apple butter. Honey and Sorghum are also population options. Keep these items chill in small serving bowls until about time for guests to arrive. Line them up on the table clearly labeled and allow them to come to room temperature. Be sure to provide small spoons or knives for spreading.

These items can be cooked or prepped ahead of time and reheated just before serving.  This makes it easy for a morning time gathering. It can also be a fun way to try new items or ask friends and family to bring some of their prized homemade items. Many families can in the south and it can add to the festivities to bring out those preserves when the traditional fruits are not in season.  Make Broadbent your one stop shop for your upcoming breakfast bar.

What are your favorite biscuit toppings? Share in the comments below, any suggestions you would offer for a better biscuit bar.

4 Southern Style Christmas Side Dishes

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The countdown to Christmas is on, with only 2 weeks to go getting organized for the big Christmas dinner is one of the top priorities. Now many American’s repeat several elements of their Thanksgiving Dinner for Christmas. We wanted to offer four suggestions that likely didn’t make your Turkey-Day table.  Each has a southern influence and easily serve large groups.

As a note, these dishes state to use a Dutch oven. It is not necessary, though they are prominently used in the south each dish can easily be made in a standard pan chosen in a size to accommodate the amount of ingredients.

Braised Cabbage with Apple & Bacon

4 Broadbent bacon slices, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

4 celery hearts, thinly sliced, leaves reserved

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1/2 cup white wine

1 head red cabbage (about 2 lb.), thinly sliced

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup unfiltered apple cider

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

2 bay leaves

1 tart apple, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat 4 minutes on each side or until crisp; remove bacon from pan, and drain. Reserve 3 Tbsp. drippings in pan.

Increase heat to medium-high. Add celery and onion; sauté 6 minutes. Add wine, and cook 2 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in cabbage and next 5 ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 45 minutes or to desired tenderness. Stir in vinegar. Top with celery leaves and bacon.

 

Home-Style Butterbeans

5 Broadbent bacon slices, diced

1 small onion, minced

1/2 c. brown sugar, firmly packed

1 (16-oz.) package frozen butterbeans

1/4 c. butter

2 tsp salt

1 tsp cracked pepper

Cook bacon and onion in a large Dutch oven over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes. Add brown sugar, and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in butterbeans and butter until butter is melted and beans are thoroughly coated. Stir in 12 cups water.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 hours or until beans are very tender and liquid is thickened and just below top of beans. Stir in salt and pepper.

(Original recipe & photo from Southern Living)

 

Spicy Corn Bread

2 C. Cornbread Mix

Add water to arrive at your desired consistency

1 medium jalapeno, chopped small

1 C. Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Mix 2 cups of Cornbread mix with water to reach desired consistency, (fluffy, moist & easy to scoop out of bowl). Add jalapenos and cheddar cheese stir (add water in tsp as needed).  Bake in a cast-iron skillet (or muffin tin for individual servings) at 350 degrees until golden brown, around 20 min.

Southern Style Black-Eyed Peas

1 lb. black-eyed peas, dry

¼ c butter

1 medium onion, finely diced

2 Broadbent ham hocks

1 tsp. black pepper

Soak peas in 6 c. water overnight (10-12 hours). Drain, rinse with cold water then drain again.  Set aside

In a large Dutch oven, sauté onions in butter until translucent. Add 4 c. water, ham hocks, pepper and peas. Cover and simmer for 4 hours stirring occasionally.

Remove ham hocks and trim off ham, discard the bones. Add ham pieces back into the pot. Taste (add more salt or pepper if desired) then let simmer 1 more hour. If peas are too soupy cook on medium heat uncovered to reduce the liquid to your liking.

*Our hams hocks are salt cured, we advise waiting to add additional salt until the ham hocks have been removed and dish tasted.

(Original recipe from South Your Mouth)

 

We hope these recipes have inspired your Christmas dinner, whether you’re a host or a guest.  We encourage everyone to try something new this holiday, and create future holiday favorites. If you have any questions about cooking with our products, reach out to us via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Come back for tips, inspirations and more every week!

DIY CHARCUTERIE BOARD

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Charcuterie Boards are rising in popularity at trendy restaurants, but you can bring that same level of sophistication to your home with a little DIY enthusiasm. Harcuterie (prenounced like shahr-cute-uh-ree) is a French word for any smoked, dry-cured or cooked meat. Some of the most common items you’ll find on boards are bacon, ham, sausage, and pâté. To compliment the meats, artisan cheese and breads will be added.

When creating your own charcuterie board at home, consider these key components.

How much meat?

2 ounces of meat per person. Double if using as the main entree at a cocktail party.

Variety

Offer a variety of textures and flavors. Pair thinly sliced ham with a creamy pâté, offer something spicy or tangy and an item served warm. Avoid offering several items in the same style such as smoked, because the flavors will lack being distinguishable for most individuals. Some of our most popular items for these boards include thinly sliced Country Ham, Summer Sausage, or Smoked Peppered Pork Tenderloin.

Slice On

Slicing is where most of the labor happens. Most meats can be sliced as thin as possible, for the harder meats such as salami aim for the thickness of an American quarter. This will allow everyone to enjoy several items without feeling over-full.

Cheese

Like the meat, you want to choose cheeses that differ from one another enough to be distinguishable. Don’t forget that each cheese should complement at least one of the meats. Take this opportunity to throw in some new items as well; as a favorite like our Hickory Smoked Cheddar, considered aged Gouda, Gruyere, Brillant-Savarin, or Gorgonzola.

Breads & Crackers

This is the delivery vehicle for those delectable flavors you chose so carefully. Include one or two options on your board such as sliced baguettes and large artisan crackers. Think about what cheese or meat they will likely pair with.

Garnish

Compliment your meat, cheese and bread choices with artisan mustards, pickles and olives. Each of these can break up the flavors, don’t be afraid to try new items here such as sour pickles. Be sure to use small containers to keep these moist elements from intermingling with other foods while on the board. Consider simple ramekins or small glass containers.

Once if you’ve made your choices, then it is all about presentation. Mix and mingle your items around on your large board or platter. Depending on the size you may want to only use half of the items and refill during your event, or make multiple boards that simply mirror one another. Be sure to offer a choice of beverages that will complement the board you’ve put together as well.