In Season Sensations

May 30th, 2017

seasonal recipes

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!

Written by Laura Oberle

There’s Kentucky country ham, and then there’s Kentucky country ham from Broadbent’s. The makers of award-winning Kentucky country ham, hickory smoked bacon, and smoked sausage. The tradition of making products of the highest quality has been the same for over 100-years. Whether your tastes in Ham flavor is salty or sweet, we’ve got the perfect Ham for your Christmas celebration! Please Browse through our selections, all guaranteed to please!

Be Sociable, Share!

Leave a Reply