I’m proud to be partnering with Smithfield for this blog post, and to share one of my favorite easy and versatile outdoor summer recipes, as well as an outdoor fun summer game we created together to keep cool during the hot days of summer.
It comes with the territory of having two dogs, 10 chickens, neighborhood kids on all sides of the house, and four acres of lush gardens and woods. It’s hot and humid at times, muggy, buggy, and just plain rainy, but if it’s a weekend with no other plans, we’re all outside together. We seriously do everything together outside. We read, nap, play games, and even camp out on the lawn. I love to set up my favorite area and watch the sun move across the sky. And I love any excuse to make my Ham, Avocado & Corn Salsa. This is a unique recipe because we all four have vastly different taste and we all four love it.
You all know I love ham, right? Well if you didn’t, you do now! It always reminds me of wonderful chef salads as a kid. Now I’ve stepped up my ham game with Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham. Smithfield Ham is the perfect protein boost for your summer recipes. I love to add pre-diced, cubed, or sliced ham into my morning scramble, my afternoon chef salad (YES), or as an addition to my pool or beachside picnic plate. You know I love spiral ham, but this line of ham has the legendary Smithfield taste, without having to prepare a full spiral ham. You know I love to prepare a full spiral ham, but it’s summer!
My salsa only takes minutes to make, and feeds a party! You can choose from 20 different cuts of Anytime Favorites – including sliced, diced, chops and steaks. I go for cubed for my Ham, Corn, & Avocado Salsa.
- 1 package of Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham (cubed or diced)
- 1 can whole kernel corn
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2-3 medium avocados
- 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil (enough to coat the salsa)
- Salt and Black Pepper to taste
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 - Chop vegetables and mix together with corn and ham
- 2 - Add enough olive oil to coat the salsa
- 3 - Add salt, pepper, garlic and Parmesan to taste
- 4 - Enjoy!
You can also add more olive oil if you want to use the salsa on top of grilled english muffins. Make the salsa and have it sit overnight in the fridge. Grill your english muffins with butter and then spoon your salsa mixture on top. Take a few spoonfuls of garlic infused olive oil from the bottom to seep onto the muffin. Top with fresh Parmesan and enjoy!
And you know what pairs perfectly with the salsa, right? If you guessed outdoor family fun, you’re right! I find that summer is even more jam-packed with activities than the school year. It’s camps, graduations, reunions, birthdays, work, and more. We miss those moments to just enjoy time together. That’s why we’re so excited that Smithfield wants us to celebrate those simple, yet memorable backyard moments with friends and families. It makes the summer more unforgettable.
Warm summer days and nights offer us a chance to get outside and revel in the season with loved ones. There are balmy, relaxing evenings and there are laidback weekend mornings. Every moment feels like an opportunity to soak in the sun, have ice-cold drinks, and enjoy delicious recipes. And can we all agree that no summer should go by without checking essential activities off your bucket list? Your memories are waiting to be made. Invite your loved ones over for late-night fun spent stargazing and/or watching fireworks – just soaking in the great outdoors. And in the day? Create unique games!
We play “Freezy Feet” and I can’t remember the origin! We just made it up! We fill a baby pool with ice cubes and have contests of who can take the most ice cubes out with their feet. I can do it with one foot, but my kids usually use two.
Kids love a good game and they often get competitive. The best part of the game is that it keeps us cool and we have fun doing it. We can get some nasty heat waves, even up here in New England. Although we think even 75 is hot!
There you have it. A wonderful recipe and a party game! We love Smithfield’s vast portfolio of simple, wholesome, and hearty ingredients. Make this summer memorable with tasty dishes and fun games that keep you cool. Summer rocks!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.