What’s Gracing Your Table This Easter? How About a Ham from The National Pork Board

by Jennifer Sikora

I am in the midst of planning my Easter dinner. Even though it is usually just my husband and two kids, I still like to make them a meal fit for a king during the holidays (since I fail miserably at it during the normal days of the year).

Every year we always have a big spiral ham. I love the ones that come with the crunchy topping pack. It caramelizes atop the ham and creates this succulent taste that will make your mouth water for more.

We don’t ever eat the entire ham, so I am always on the lookout for new recipes to try that keeps ham as the main ingredient. Thanks to The National Pork Board this year, I have plenty of new ones to try!

This spring, the National Pork Board brings a dose of sophistication to the must-have Easter ham with surprisingly simple recipes and tips.

They’ve created recipes to perk up the classic Easter ham like Thyme-Basted Ham with Roasted Grapes. Whole roasted green and red grapes add a sweet, juicy twist to this aromatic roast, which takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. There’s a Ham and Peas with Mint and Tarragon recipe for plates that pop with bright color and fresh seasonal flavor. Or, for a simply elegant brunch, try a Ham, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Tart, with balanced notes of sweet onion, savory ham, flaky crust and a rich egg base.
And for any leftover ham you still have after Easter, they’ve created new and innovative leftover recipes that will satisfy you and your family for meals to come:
  • Ham and Brie Baguettes: For a French-inspired lunch, cut open a baguette and fill it with sliced ham, creamy Brie, mixed greens, and a mixture of honey and Dijon mustard.
  • Ham Reuben: Make your ham sandwich corner-deli style! Combine sliced ham, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread.  Try grilling it for a flavorful twist on this classic.
  • Ham, Cheddar, and Chutney Quesadillas: For a new take on ham and cheese, fill a quesadilla with sliced ham, shredded Cheddar, and store-bought chutney and heat through until cheddar is melted.


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Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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1 Mary Beth Elderton April 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

My favorite memories of Easter Dinner are trying to hurry so we could go out and play.


2 Brandy April 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

We’ve had Easter on my husbands or daughters birthday every couple years, so those are the great memories. Having easter baskets and a birthday party on the same day.


3 Nerdmom April 1, 2012 at 11:07 am

My favorite Easter dinner memory is helping my great grandmother in the kitchen.


4 Jessica April 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

My favorite Easter dinner memory is traveling to West Virginia to my grandmother’s and she would make an elaborate, home cooked meal!


5 Cat Davis April 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm

My favorite Easter memories are always the ones I spent at my mom’s house. We rotate holidays now but she always made the best ham glaze.


6 elvira April 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

We bought our first home about 2 1/2 years ago, so having our 1st family Easter dinner is my favorite memory. We had all of our brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews and cousins over and had an Easter egg hunt after dinner. It was great!


7 Jennie April 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

We didn’t always do a big Easter dinner growing up, so my favorite memory was went I went to college and cooked my very first Easter ham. It was delicious! (And so were the next several weeks of leftovers!)


8 Ashley Hatten April 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

having my great grandmother cook was a best Easter memory!


9 Lori April 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

My mother use to buy these pastel mints that you cannot find any longer. They were the size of the bite size peppermint patties.


10 Chuck April 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm

We always had a huge family feast with lot’s of food and the whole family was there.


11 Angela E. April 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

My best memories are the Easter egg hunts we would all way’s go to.


12 Jennifer Thomas April 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Lots of fun memories of my family all together, even pinatas just for fun. We always have ham though…it’s just tradition!


13 Tonya April 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm

My favorite EAster dinner memory is helping my grandmother fix dinner and then heading into the kids’ table with all my cousins.


14 Krista April 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Since we’ve been married and had kids my in-laws come up to us for Easter. We usually go out to eat somewhere (with my parents too) and it’s fun to have the whole family together!


15 Stacie Fontinell April 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm

My favorite memory is actually easter at my best friends house when I was 14. Her parents went all out for all of us with easter baskets and such. My mom didn’t believe in candy so i was loving it!


16 Laura Jacobson April 2, 2012 at 4:08 am

Oh it was two years ago when my 1st grandson was born just before Easter. Was such a blessing! Had the BEST Easter. :)


17 Susan S. April 2, 2012 at 5:20 am

Some years we were in Wisconsin with extended family, and some years it was just us in Michigan. But I love the smells of cooking wafting through the house. Anticipation, tickling your nose!


18 Garrett April 2, 2012 at 7:10 am

Best time’s I had as a child was good Easter ham, and a egg hunt that followed.


19 June April 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

I remember along time ago, when the children were younger, I decided to hide money in their plastic eggs for the annual Easter egg hunt. We had to have it indoors also because of snow & cold still outside. I never saw kids tear up a house so fast trying to find those eggs!


20 Van April 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

Being with my family for Easter is always a good memory.


21 Staci A April 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I remember washing dishes with my grandma after Easter dinner. We always had such great conversations then!


22 ACMommy3 April 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Growing up we didn’t usually have Easter baskets…but I remember one year, we kids woke up one Easter Morning and at the breakfast table were huge filled baskets for each of us! Wow, we were so excited…especially when mom allowed us to eat candy for our breakfast! :-D


23 Liz April 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

My aunt and uncle hosted an Easter Egg hunt every year. It was so much fun!


24 Don April 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Easter was allway’s a good time at our home, good food & great egg hunts = (fun)


25 Jeff April 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Just getting together for the holiday is enough for me.


26 Natalia April 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Of course our own Easter hunt! With maps and treasures hidden all over the yard.


27 John April 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Im liked all our extended family together and presents from them!


28 Isabelle April 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I liked Easter egg hunt in our neighborhood with nice prizes.


29 Liz April 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm

My family does RC and Greek Easter, with ham and then lamb.


30 Nadia April 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

My favorite part of Easter dinner was having everyone there enjoying good food.


31 ceiling fans April 6, 2012 at 2:02 am

looking forward to Easter – good food and spending time with my family


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