Easter Menu

My household like so many, generally serves a ham during any holiday. I am not a big fan of cloves so I like to braise my ham in wine and aromatics. It keeps it moist and delicious!

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The main dish is a Easter Ham in honor of Julia Child. She has always been an inspiration to me. My family loves this recipe. I live about 45 minutes from Smithfield Virginia. So, I chose to use a Smithfield ham for this recipe. You  can use any ham you like. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

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Braised Ham

Ingredients:

14 pound bone-in fully cooked ham 
1 cup sliced carrots 
1 cup sliced onions 
1 cup sliced celery 
1 teaspoon peppercorns 
1 teaspoon allspice 
2 teaspoons thyme 
3 bay leaves 
2 cups of dry white wine
 (I used Chardonnay) 
2 cups chicken broth

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Unwrap the ham and remove any strings or other extraneous matter. Rinse the ham under running water. Place the ham in a dutch oven, strew the vegetable around it. sprinkle the seasoning over it, pour the wine over top and add the chicken broth.
 
Set the dutch oven in the lower third level of the oven and braise for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Baste occasionally with the juices from the pan. It is done when an internal temperature is at 130 degrees. Strain the braising liquid from he pan, pressing juices out of the vegetable with the back of a spoon. Degrease the liquid and taste. If it is to salty, dilute with strong plain chicken stock.

Serve the ham juices as they are or make a gravy by combining 1/3 cup of flour to 1/3 cup butter or peanut oil. Make a loose paste. Stir over moderate low heat with a wooden spoon for 6-10 minutes until medium brown. Remove from heat and add the ham stock. Whisk until smooth and thick.
What other side dishes do you think I should serve with this delicious ham? Here is my favorites.
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So to go with that Julia Child ham I have a few sides I would love to suggest. Deviled Eggs is a big favorite! For more sides I would love to include my slow cooker Mac and Cheese. Everyone loves my easy Slow Cooker Creamed Corn. No meal would be complete with my Cast Iron Parker Rolls.  I have to wash it down some Watermelon Lemonade
Who wouldn’t forget dessert? One of my big views from bloggers is my Chocolate Cake. It is so luscious, moist and out of this world good!
I hope you enjoy this holiday recipe as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you.
Peace be with you,
Veronica
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8 Responses to “Easter Menu”

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    Susan Lindquist — April 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    We had a spiral cut ham and loved it! Leftovers packed off with the kids … everything was so good! Bet your ham was a winner too!

    Happy Easter! He is risen!

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    The Country Cook — April 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    You can’t go wrong with a good Smithfield Ham. I like that gravy too. I’ve never made a gravy like that – sounds really good!

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    Chris "Kickstart" Beason — April 26, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Smithfield Hams are good! Will definitely have to try the gravy next time I make one.

    So I have a whole month to figure out my Memorial Day tag right? 🙂

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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    Veronica Gantley — April 26, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Yup!

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    SKIP TO MALOU — April 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    It’s still easter week right? So it’s not too late to greet you a happy easter! When a holiday sets in making my own ham is in my list but well my table has yet to see that haha.
    Great to meet you Veronica!

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    Debra Eliotseats — March 29, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I am a fan of your slow cooker corn! I never thought of using wine to braise ham. Great idea. Your Easter menu looks delicious. Hope you had a great holiday!

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    Hasi — April 17, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I need to share these recipes with my husband. He is the good cook in the family. 🙂

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