Ham and Egg Potato Salad | This post was sponsored by Smithfield. All opinions expressed on my site are my own.
I have a love/hate relationship with summer. I basically love it in the morning and evening and hate it in the middle of the day. So yeah, I only come out when the sun is barely in the sky. My favorite time of day in the summer is late in the day when it’s still light out and the sun is just beginning to set.
Let’s talk about this potato salad. It’s not your typical “boiled potato and mayonnaise” potato salad. I decided to doll this one up a bit. First of all, the dish would not be the same without the Smithfield Anytime Favorites Hickory Smoked Ham incorporated throughout.
By roasting the potatoes instead of boiling them, it gives them a little more texture. I then added some soft-boiled eggs and a whole grain mustard vinaigrette. Finally, I topped it off with some fresh dill and chives. If you prefer hard-boiled eggs, by all means, go for it! But, I promise you that soft-boiled eggs, with creamy egg yolks, is the way to go. Smithfield Ham is the hero of this salad and the dish would not be the same without it.
Ham and Egg Roasted Potato Salad Recipe
1 Smithfield Anytime Favorites Boneless Ham Steak
2 ½ lbs baby Yukon and red potatoes
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon minced shallot
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
1/3 cup olive oil
kosher salt to taste
How to Plan a Weeknight Outdoor Romantic Dinner for Two
You don’t need much to make an outdoor romantic dinner for two. The sun setting on a warm summer day creates the needed ambiance. We normally save romantic dinners for two for special occasions or weekends but, occasionally, it’s nice to toss a little surprise romance in on a weeknight.
The key is to keep it simple and use things you have around the house. Make dinner easy with Smithfield Ham, a side salad, and this roasted potato salad with Smithfield Anytime Favorites Boneless Ham Steaks. Serve it with your favorite chilled white wine or a sparkling white grape juice.
- Candles | If bugs are an issue, use citronella candles. Candles are more romantic than lights, and they don’t attract bugs.
- Flowers | Grab a pre-arranged bouquet from the grocery store and drop them in a jar or pitcher.
- Shade | Before the sun sets, a little shade will help keep things cool.
- Real dishes and utensils | Make the extra effort to use glass dishware and real utensils.
- Table linens | A simple runner and some cloth napkins add a little snap to your table setting. If you don’t table lines don’t stress it, the point is to spend some special time with your loved one.
- Wine or sparkling grape juice | A refreshing chilled glass of wine or sparkling grape juice is a perfect complement to a romantic dinner.
- Music of choice
- Someone you love
Since I live in such a small space, I like to refer to our outdoor patio set as our “formal dining.” Yes, it may be a dining area where we grill and use paper plates on occasion, but with just a few changes it can become the most relaxing and intimate setting.
Summertime is full of kids’ activities and vacations. The goal here is to enjoy a mini-escape from the “busy-ness” of summer. Take just a little time to sit and relax with your love and enjoy a satisfying meal on real plates with flowers and candles.
Nothing says summer like grilling and outdoor fun. And there is no better way to make your summer dinners delicious than with the mouthwatering flavor of slow-smoked, hand-crafted Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham.
What are some of your favorite ways to spend summer with your loved ones?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.