Recipes to impress your guests

June 14th, 2017

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.

Appetizer

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.

Ingredientsbrussels sprouts

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

Directions
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.

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

Directions

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Dessert

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.

Ingredients

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

Directions

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?

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!

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