My family has called LA (that’s lower Alabama) home from before the Civil War. Big holiday meals are occasions we look forward to all year long, and it requires a bit of scheduling and planning and, of course, recipe delegation!
Each generation of the Patrick/Page family has had their own favorite recipes through the years, but the most important ingredient is always togetherness. I doubt that great, great, great Grandpa Hezekiah Wilson Page would ask for green bean casserole, but I am sure he would approve of our commitment to this long held family Easter tradition. Here’s a peek at some of the recipes we be enjoying this year.
Such a simple appetizer but everyone loves them! Boil a few dozen eggs and let them cool. Peel and slice them in half. Scoop out the yolks into a bowl and break them up with a fork (or your fingers). Add two tablespoons of mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon of curry powder. Mix the ingredients together and then spoon them (I use a teaspoon) back into the yolks. You could fancy-smancy and use a piping bag but why bother? You’ll probably need to baste the cola-basted ham and break out the photo albums.
It’s a little spicy but you can tone it down if you like. I usually make two pans of cornbread the night before then cover them and leave them on the stove. You’ll also need:
1 cup melted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 can cream of shrimp soup
1 (14 oz) can chicken broth
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined (You should do this night before!)
1 lb crawfish tails or crabmeat (Or just the crabmeat, either or!)
Salt and pepper
Mix all the ingredients in a large (very large) bowl then spread it in the pans. Bake on 350 for 45 minutes and you’ll have the most delicious seafood dressing you have ever tasted!
Bacon-wrapped Green Bean Bundles
Grab some handfuls of fresh green beans, then trim off the ends. Coat the green beans with a dash of olive oil and sprinkle them with sea salt. Wrap 5 or 6 green beans with a half a piece of bacon and lay the bundles on a cookie sheet. Bake them for 20 minutes on 375 for a delicious bundle of green beans. It’s a family favorite here.
I hope our recipes inspire you to spend a little time with your family this year. Christmas can be hectic but Easter is a great time to get the family together and make new memories. Happy Easter!