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Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Dinner Menu & Recipes

For big holiday meals, I like to throw away the idea of "cooking fast" and enjoy making the best meal I can. However, since I'm still learning how to juggle cooking multiple items at the same time, I like throwing some simple recipes into the mix, so I don't overload myself.

Here's my Easter Plan, including my shopping list, preparation plan, and all the recipes I'm attempting!

The Menu

Appetizer: Deviled Eggs
Main Meal: Ham
Sides: Carrot Patties, Strawberry & Spinach Salad
Dessert: Easter Egg Dipper Rice Crispy Treats

The Cooking Plan

Saturday Afternoon
- Go to the grocery store to pick up ingredients.
- Hard boil the eggs and store them in the fridge.
- Make Easter Egg Dipper Treats.

Sunday Morning
- Trip to the Farmers Market to pick up fresh veggies.
- Make the carrot patty batter.
- Make the ham glaze.
- Make the salad dressing.
- Devil the eggs.
- Wash the spinach.
- Wash and chop the strawberries.

Sunday Afternoon
- Cook spinach.
- Cook the ham.
- After I remove the ham from the oven, fry up the carrot patties.
- Eat!

Farmers Market Shopping List
1 pound carrots, grated
2 bunches spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
4 cups sliced strawberries

Grocery Store Shopping List
12 eggs
1 (10 ounce) package regular marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels or milk chocolate morsels
5 teaspoons shortening
Multi-colored sprinkles

Items I Already Have
bread crumbs
butter
garlic cloves
all-purpose flour
mayonnaise
mustard
paprika
pepper
poppy seeds
salt
sesame seeds
vegetable oil
white wine vinegar
white sugar

The Recipes

Deviled Eggs

8 eggs
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tsp paprika
1 garlic clove, minced (This is the first time that I'm adding this! We'll see how it goes.)
salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons water

To Hard Boil the Eggs:
1. Place eggs in large sauce pan, and cover them with about an inch of water.
2. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat.
3. Cover and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 10 minutes.
4. Remove from hot water. Rinse eggs under cold running water to cool them faster.
5. Drain and peel the eggs.
6. Halve lengthwise

To Devil the Eggs:
1. Halve the eggs lengthwise and scoop out the yolks.
2. In a bowl, combine the yolks, mayo, mustard, paprika, and minced garlic clove.
3. If it isn't smooth, add 1 - tablespoons of water.
4. Enjoy!

Stuffed Baked Ham

Ingredients

5 lb boneless ham
5 oz. frozen, chopped spinach
Half of an onion, chopped
One clove of garlic, minced
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Glaze Ingredients

1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp of dry ginger

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
2. Cook the spinach according the to package. Add salt to taste. Drain well.
3. Fry the onion and garlic until soft. Add to spinach. Mix.
4. Using a sharp knife, slice two cavities into the top of the ham.
5. Press the spinach into the cavities to stuff the ham.
6. Put the ham in the oven for one hour.
7. Mix the glaze ingredients together. Set aside.
8. After the ham has cooked for an hour, remove it from the oven and baste with the glaze.
9. Put it back in the over for another 30 minutes.
10. Remove from the oven, and let the ham cool for 20 minutes.
11. Enjoy!

Source: My Mom

Carrot Patties

Ingredients

1 pound carrots, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 eggs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup bread crumbs or matzo meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the grated carrots, garlic, eggs, flour, bread crumbs, salt and black pepper; mix well.
2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
3. Make the mixture into patties, and fry until golden brown on each side.


Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Ingredients

2 bunches spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
4 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1. In a large bowl, toss together the spinach and strawberries.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, paprika, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds.
3. Pour over the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat.


Easter Egg Dipper Treats

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 (10 ounce) package regular marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels or milk chocolate morsels
5 teaspoons shortening
Multi-colored sprinkles

Directions

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
2. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
3. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
4. Using 1/4-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray divide warm cereal mixture into portions.
5. Using buttered hands shape each portion into 2 1/2- x 1 1/2-inch egg shapes. (Or, coat insides of plastic snap-apart Easter eggs with cooking spray. Press cereal mixture into eggs. Remove cereal mixture from plastic eggs.) Cool.
6. In small saucepan combine chocolate morsels and shortening.
7. Cook over low heat until melted, stirring constantly.
8. Dip bottoms of cereal eggs into chocolate. Decorate with sprinkles.
9. Place on wax-paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm.


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