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Monday, April 11 2022

Traditionally, Easter ham is THE main dish of any Easter dinner with my family. I know others agree. However, there are many other side dishes that can be paired with ham. The choice is as varied as the number of hams being served. It's often a matter of taste and preference.

Here are my choices:


Sweet potatoes go with ham like cereal goes with milk. They are a natural pairing. There are several ways you can make sweet potatoes, each one provides a great side dish that compliments your ham perfectly.

Candied: You can find lots of recipes for candied sweet potatoes on the internet. Choose one and you'll have a great side dish.
Casserole: Boil the potatoes then mash them along with some evaporated milk, butter, salt, and brown sugar. Add liquid ingredients slowly so potatoes don't get too runny.
Baked: Bake in the oven for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours then top with butter, cinnamon and sugar

Green beans seem to be served at Easter by a majority of families that I know. It's one of those "classic" Easter vegetables. Here are some options for this green vegetable:

Casserole - The classic Green Bean Casserole combines 1 can cream of mushroom soup and 1/2 cup milk, along with canned "fried onion pieces" salt and pepper in a casserole dish with the green beans. Bake in the oven until done. Many people use "French" style green beans but this dish is also good with regular cut beans. I've used both.
Stove Top - Combining green beans in a saucepan along with canned diced tomatoes, a little sugar, salt oregano and fresh cooked bacon pieces (not bacon bits) will give them just enough flavor to make this dish good.

What food could be more classic to Easter than deviled eggs? Although you'll find a variety of recipes for this dish, many of which use a variety of ingredients, it can be very simply made by...

Hard-boil and peel eggs
Cut eggs in half and scoop out yolks
Mix yolks with a little mustard, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and a little relish.
Fill eggs with yolk mixture and serve

Fruit can go with your Easter Ham because when thinking of spring, we like to think "colorful" and "flavorful." Use fruits that are not too tangy, such as strawberries, melons and other berries. I'd stay away from all sour citrus fruits. Orange is the exception though, as it is the "sweet" citrus. Orange flavoring and ham are another great pairing.

This option will depend on the fruit that's available in your local supermarket, so check and purchase fruit to your taste and preference.

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