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Mar 17, 2008 06:22 PM

Easter Menu Spiral Ham and......Help!!!!

We are hosting Easter dinner and are hit a roadblock with a lack of culinary creativity. The Big question - What to make with a Spiral Ham. Here is the menu so far:


Pita Bread Crisps with a White Bean and Garlic Dip,

Boccocini (small Fresh Mozzerella balls), Fresh Basil wrapped with prosciutto in phyllo dough and heated until warm and gooey

Asparagus and Parmigainno Reggiano Cheese Puffs served warm out of the oven

Assorted Olives

Soppresato slices

Salad Course

Ceaser Salad with a Blue Cheese Ceaser dressing, sounds weird but very original and very good

Main Course

Spiral Ham and we have no idea what to make for sides. We feel like the spiral ham is "cheating" or a short cut since we just out it in the oven without any real prep. So we are looking for some original sides that can add a WOW factor to the main course. Any Ideas for great sides?
Comeon fellow hounds, help us out, I know you won't let us down!!!!!!

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  1. Oh goodness - go easy on yourself and get some spring vegetables. Namely, asparagus, which you can roast, or simply steam ( not as an appitizer)..... then perhaps new potatoes, roasted as well.....or scalloped onions, leeks & shallots, or both.. Peas in some form or another,
    I like stuffed artichokes...but that's just me. Happy cooking whatever you choose to do!

    The rest of your menu looks pretty good to me. What time's dinner?

    3 Replies
    1. re: Gio

      A potato gratin (w/dried porcini bits) would be perfect along w/ the asparagus above.

      1. re: Sarah

        Hmmm potato gratin (w/dried porcini bits), care to divulge your recipe, sounds real good

        1. re: angelo04

          This is a seriously good recipe. I've paraphrased it from
          The SFChronicle: Potato and Wild Mushroom Gratin
          3 lb potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
          3 TB butter, cut into small bits, plus butter to grease dish
          1/4 oz dried porcini, broken into tiny pieces
          10 shallots, chopped
          3 garlic cloves, chopped
          1 cup whipping cream
          Preheat oven to 350
          Butter gratin dish, then layer in potatoes, dried mushrooms, shallots, garlic and butter, ending w/the last bits of butter on top. Sprinkle w/s&p along the way.
          Pour cream over all, then place in oven and bake for an hour, or until potatoes are golden brown on top and tender when pierced w/knife.
          Serves 4 generously.

      1. re: sarah galvin

        Spiral-cut hams are fully cooked cured hams that are presliced so that they hold together for a dramatic presentation but are very easy to serve. Here's a link to a photo:

        1. re: Gio

          I have never seen this! I wonder where I can buy one here in Calgary? That looks ideal for a buffet or pot luck.

          Dramatic sides? Grilled pineapple slices (not so original but tasty), veggie bundles ( bundles of carrots & parsnip tied with a green onion - parboil veggies, chill in ice water, tie into bundles & reheat in oven before serving), endive leaves filled with Waldorf salad, grilled veggie brochettes, potato & rosemary strudel....

          1. re: sarah galvin

            I am in NJ and am getting my at Wegman's, a supermarket better than your average but a few notches under WHole Foods Super Markets. To jazz it up a bit I am going to pour honey over the top and bake/roast it in the oven.

            1. re: angelo04

              Is your ham pre-cooked? If it is I would recommend baking it in a oven bag. It keeps it moist and juicy. There are post about this and they were right! Tried it recently and it was very good, but I did not glaze it.

              As for sides, maybe an au gratin potato dish, or potatoes anna, which is my family's favorite.

              1. re: danhole

                Spiral sliced hams are always fully cooked. Honey Baked ham is very popular here.


                1. re: Docsknotinn

                  DUH! I know that, just don't have my thinking cap on this morning!

                  I used Karl S method for it, and here is the link. It is towards the bottom of the thread.


      2. Asparagus is a really good springtime side with ham. You can roast it and top with shaved parmesan and a drizzle of good balsamic vinegar, or you can tie "bundles" of it with prosciutto in a tart vinaigrette. If you're using just the tips for your cheese puffs, you can use the spears to make an asparagus flan that I've served with a fontina cheese sauce. It's a very dramatic presentation, to say the least.

        Along with the flan, I've also served, alongside ham: eggplant tians (towers of roasted eggplant and garlic mash), roasted cauliflower mash with caramelized garlic, Easter bread (with blood red eggs baked into the weave), roasted carrots with Moroccan spices, macque choux, deviled eggs, twice-baked potatoes with eggs and caviar among some more ethnic options as well.

        1. we are also having a spiral ham for Easter, but are doing a more southern menu.
          crab deviled eggs
          twice baked potatoes
          broccoli crunch (broccoli, dried cranberries, onions, candied cashews, mayo/apple cider dressing)
          peas with proscuitto
          parker house rolls
          creamed corn
          red velvet cake

          2 Replies
          1. re: Honey Bee

            Would you mind sharing the recipe for crab deviled eggs? They sound fantastic!

            1. re: llinza

              Sure, hard boil one dozen aggs your favorite way and mix the yolks with the following:
              3/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
              3 tablespoons mayonnaise
              2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
              2 tablespoons cold water
              1 teaspoon anchovy paste
              salt and pepper to taste
              8 ounces crab meat (folded in after everything else is mixed)

              Leave out the Old Bay and add about 1 t of truffle oil (or to taste) and some chopped green onions.


          2. Hi Angelo!! Whenever I make ham I feel the same way.."short cut". Anyway, here are some things I usually add with the ham (not all at once, of course)

            Mac & Cheese (people simple LOVE this super easy side...believe me..I always hear people saying.."oohh!!!" Sometimes simple things are the best!

            Mashed/Pureed sweet potatoes

            Sometimes I will make a soup...either N.E. clam chowder, cauliflower (sounds gross, but sooo good), corn chowder

            Roasted cherry tomatoes in the oven (Ina Garten's recipe...easy an they POP in your mouth!!)


            I would stick w/ the mac and cheese....I know it sounds easy, but I am telling you, people for some reason go nuts!!

            What are your appetizers? Maybe I will stop by since we live so close!!! Ha ha... I will have my house full, too!! I will be posting about my leg of lamb soon!!!

            Happy Easter, Angelo!!!

            Good luck!

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            1. re: Angelina

              Come on Over!!!! - We are actually hosting 2 Easters, One this Sunday and one next month for My In-laws who are Greek Orthodox so we will have the Leg of Lamb then(hopefully roasting outside on the grill).

              Funny you mention Mac and Cheese - We were thinking that too.

              Really looking forward to our App's/Pickings I mentioned in the OP. I love to eat everything but I enjoy good gourmet type App's/pickings the most.

              Good luck with your dinner.