The Perfect (and Easy!) Ham Dinner Recipe for Easter
Who doesn’t love an excuse to bake a delicious ham for friends and family? Making a ham can seem quite intimidating. After all, that’s a whole lot of meat! But a good ham dinner doesn’t need to be a huge ordeal. Try this 4-ingredient recipe and a few easy sides for the perfect holiday meal.
Baked Orange Honey Ham
From: Honey and Birch
Citrus flavor and sweet honey are a magnificent, tangy combination. To get started, you only need a 10-pound spiral-cut, precooked ham, some honey, some orange juice, and some orange zest. Because the ham is already cooked and cut, you will save a ton of time in the kitchen. That way, you can spend it entertaining your guests and catching up with family.
Heat the oven to 320°F (120°C). Place the ham in a deep dish, cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour. Heat the orange juice, honey, and orange zest in a pot over low heat. After 1 hour, remove the ham and uncover (discard the foil after this). Cover the ham in half of the glaze and then return to the oven for another 15-minutes. Pour the remainder of the glaze over the ham immediately before serving.
Need Some Easy Side Dish Options? Try these.
With ham at the center of the meal, you’ll want to fill the empty table with plenty of fresh vegetables and hearty carbs to compliment it. Here are just a few ideas.
Green Bean Casserole
Use fresh green beans rather than canned for even more crunch and flavor to this side dish. The casserole base comes from butter, flour, salt, sugar, onion, sour cream, cracker crumbs, and shredded cheese. Mix together, bake, and enjoy.
Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
From: Good Housekeeping
Sour cream, whole milk, unsalted butter, and sharp cheddar cheese give these mashed potatoes a tangy twist. Boil some red-skin potatoes and simmer on low heat for 15-18 minutes, checking every so often to see how tender they are. Drain, mix in the rest of the ingredients, and add salt and pepper to taste.
Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan-Panko Crumble
This recipe is easy to make in advance and store, taking one thing off your busy plate if you are hosting a big dinner night. Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) and parmesan make this a unique and savory dish that will impress anyone bored of the same-old-same-old.
From: The Spruce Eats
Baked pineapple is a traditional ham-main side dish. The citrus of the ham glaze and the citrus of the pineapple will pair well together here. Bake pineapple with lemon juice, eggs, flour and sugar and then top the whole shebang with a cheesy pecan streusel crust.
Now you have a whole ham dinner, including mains and sides. Not feeling up to an elaborate side dish? Green salad with vinaigrette or roasted mixed veggies works in a pinch. Serve your favorite Okanagan red or white wine and voila, a delicious ham meal for you and yours.
BONUS: Need some dessert? Try these family-friendly baking ideas.