Easter should be a time for family and worship, not a day to fuss and get a migraine. With schedules getting more and more cramped these days, the last thing you need is hassle on a day that should be a celebration of our Lord! Here are some incredibly simple recipes for a traditional, yet hassle-free, Easter:
Easter ham with a Pepsi twist!
It’s true! Cooking with Pepsi makes a ham sweet and moist. Simply place your 10-15 lb. ham (size, of course, depends on how many loved ones you have over for Easter) into your roasting pan, pour a can of Pepsi over it, cover it with foil, and bake at 325 degrees for about 16 minutes per pound. Baste periodically to get that sweetness all over. If you like, put some pineapple slices before you bake the ham. Simple, huh?!
Dump the hassle with cherry dump cake!
Cherry blossoms represent new beginnings … the perfect symbol for Easter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Dump a can of crushed pineapple and a can of pitted cherries into a 9×13-inch pan. Throw in a regular package of yellow cake mix and a 1/2-cup butter in slices. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (about 45 minutes). Top with whipped cream, and you’ve got another delicious, hassle-free recipe that gives you time to spend with your loved ones!
Honey-coated dump chicken
If you’re more of a chicken than a ham, this incredibly simple dump chicken recipe is perfect for you. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large baking dish, toss in a pound and a half of assorted chicken pieces, 1/8 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup melted butter, and a 1/2 cup honey. Turn the chicken over in the mixture a little to coat the pieces. Bake about 45 minutes or until the juices run clear.
Of course, no Easter dinner is complete without this comfort-food favorite. Here’s a quick and easy recipe that will keep you out of the kitchen. (You may want to double this recipe if you have a large gathering.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish. Boil a pound of macaroni until half-cooked. Whisk an egg and 2 cups milk in a cup. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese and stir well. Place macaroni in baking dish and pour the egg and cheese mixture over it. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as you like and press this mixture around the baking dish. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
Do yourself a favor this Easter … save your time for celebrating the Resurrection and spending time with loved ones, the way Easter should be!