27 Jun Picnic Perfections
Summer has officially begun and the weather is beyond perfect! Take advantage and enjoy some time outdoors. Whether you’re hiking a mountain or hiking to the back-porch picnic style meals are a fun way to eat well. Be sure to get your family involved in packing the meal and don’t forget the sunscreen!
Broccoli is a hearty vegetable that is filling but delicious hot or cold. Combine it with some pantry staples and you get a beautiful salad. Easy to double or triple for a crowd.
¼ C. sugar
2 T white vinegar
1 C. Mayonnaise
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 head broccoli, cut to bite sized pieces
½ C. raisins
¼ C chopped onion
8 slices Broadbent Hickory bacon, cooked
In a small bowl, mix sugar, mayo, and vinegar set aside. In a large bowl, add broccoli, onion, raisins, seeds, and bacon. Pour the dressing on until evenly covered. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups
These low carb cuties are perfect for summer. Keep things light and avoid soggy bread by ditching it all together. These roll-ups can be made ahead or assembled quickly in a park or campground.
4-thick slices of Broadbent Ham
4 slices of swiss cheese
4 tomato wedges (1 large tomato cut into 4 pieces)
Sweet & Tangy Mustard
On parchment paper, lay out your ham slice, smear with the desired amount of mustard, layer on cheese slice and a tomato wedge. Roll the ham and cheese around the tomato and wrap with parchment. Use a toothpick to hold together.
Peanut Butter and Bacon is a combination of classics that create something incredible. Use your favorite bread white, wheat or something more artisan if you prefer. We highly recommend toasting the bread just a bit for an extra texture distinction.
2 Slices Wheat bread, toasted lightly
3 strips Broadbent Applewood Smoked Bacon
1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
Toast bread, spread with peanut butter, top with 3 slices of cooked bacon. Enjoy!
Mint Julep Punch (Non-alcoholic)
Mint Juleps aren’t just for Derby. They are a refreshing beverage and making a punch will serve a crowd. If you’ll be traveling, consider carrying in a large beverage dispenser or glass bottle.
46-ounce Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
2 Cups water
28 oz. lemon-lime soda
½ C lime juice
Old Honey Barn Mint Julep Mixer (to taste)
In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine pineapple juice, water, soda and lime juice. Stir in and taste, pour in the mint julep mix stirring and tasting until you reach the desired mint-flavoring.
Summer is the best time for fresh fruit, take advantage and serve a variety. If you’re feeling fancy, skip the squares and use cookie cutters to make fun shapes after slicing your fruit to about ½ inch thick slices.
Watermelon, chopped ½ inch bites
Honey Dew, chopped ½ inch bites
Cantaloupe, chopped ½ inch bites
Salt to taste
Cut up melons, layer onto skewers in 1:1:1 pattern. 3-6 per stick depending on your size skewers.
Don’t forget to pack plenty of extra water and stay hydrated while enjoying the great outdoors. Do you have a favorite place picnic? Some our favorite places are the local parks and recreation centers here in Kuttawa, KY but then again, we are Kentucky Proud. Plan a visit to our Old Kentucky home, we’d love to have you.