Easter Dinner Menu from LefseStore.com
Traditional Easter Dinner Menu
Baked ham with a brown sugar glaze
Greenbean Hotdish (yes, the one with fried onion rings)
Candied Yams with pineapple, maple syrup,and marshmallows
Homemade Buns with butter and jam (aka "rolls" in other parts of the country)
Apple and cherry pies for dessert (Aunt Ruthie always brought a pie)
Lefse with butter and sugar (with lots left over for the evening meal, too)
Hot Curried Fruit
1 large can pineapple chunks (drain and reserve juice)
1 regular can pears, halved (drain and reserve juice)
1 regular can peaches, halved (or can substitute apricots) (drain and reserve juice)
1/2 c. maraschino cherries
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. curry powder
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Place drained fruit in a sprayed 9x13 pan (or equivalent) with cut sides down. Drop maraschino cherries on top in a pretty pattern. Mix half of the reserved fruit juices, melted butter, brown sugar, curry powder, and lemon juice in a saucepan and heat until brown sugar is melted, stirring carefully. Pour butter/sugar mixture on top of fruit. Bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm or cooled. This is wonderful with ham.
Scalloped Potatoes (or, make them with cheese for au gratin potatoes)
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1/4-1/3 c. flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 1/2c. milk
5-7 large potatoes, peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch slices
Aunt Lois swears by parboiling your potatoes before making scalloped potatoes. Parboiling means to boil the sliced potatoes for about 5-8 minutes just until slightly tender. You don't want them fully cooked at this stage. Drain and gently mix into the white sauce and bake according to directions below.
Make a white sauce by sauteing the onion in butter in a medium sized pan. Stir the flour into the onion/butter mixture. Quickly stir the milk into the mixture watching that it thickens. Add the salt and pepper. Lower heat and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
In a sprayed 2-3 quart ovenproof container, layer half the potatoes, half the sauce, another layer of potatoes, and the final layer of sauce. Cover and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Check for tenderness. Remove cover and bake another 30 minutes.
To make these cheesy scalloped potatoes, stir in 3/4 to 1 c. shredded American cheese to the sauce mixture until melted. Bake as directed.
Orange Candied Sweet Potatoes--Aunt Ruthie's Recipe
6 medium sweet potatoes or yams
1 orange, peeled and sliced
3/4 c. orange juice
1 tbsp. grated orange peel
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. brown sugar or white sugar
2 tsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. melted butter.
Boil potatoes in jackets until slightly tender. Peel and cut into lengthwise halves. Place in buttered baking dish with orange slices on top. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over potatoes. Bake about 1 hour in a slow (300 deg. F) oven. Baste several times during the baking with syrup in the dish.
Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with Glaze
You need a large slow cooker for this one--5-6 quarts. If the ham tends to stick-up over the top of the slow cooker, you can cover the top with foil to keep all of the juices in.
Find a quarter spiral sliced, pre-cooked ham. Figure about 1/2 pound per person when purchasing the ham.
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. honey
2 tbsp. dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 c. water
Place ham in the slow cooker. Cook the brown sugar, honey, mustard, cloves, and water together until the sugars dissolve. Slowly pour the warm glaze over the ham with one hand while separating the spiral cuts to allow the glaze to drizzle inside. Cover. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. Before serving, you can choose to remove the ham from the crockpot, drizzle some of the glaze from the crockpot over the ham, and place under the oven's broiler for a few minutes. Baste every minute and watch so it doesn't get too dark.
Campbell's Green Bean Casserole
4- 14.5 ounce cans of either fresh cut or French cut green beans
1 c. milk
1 large can of French fried onions or 2 2/3 cup.
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
2 tsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
Stir together cream of mushroom soups, milk, pepper, 1 1/3 c. French fried onions, drained cans of green beans, and soy sauce in large bowl. Gently turn into a lightly greased (or sprayed) 3 quarter casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Stir, top with remaining French fried onions and return to oven for 5-10 more minutes.