An Easter celebration is nothing without good food. Every family has their own traditions and people gather ’round for their favorite dish, hoping that every relative will make that certain something that makes the holiday that much better.
Although it may seem like pressure put upon those of us who bring our A-game to the Easter table, the reward of our friends and family enjoying our dish is more than satisfying.
A spiral-cut ham is perfection when it is basted properly. A mixture of brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and a bit of minced garlic adds the right touch when blended together. Rub this over the ham and tent it with foil while it bakes in the oven. See the instructions on your ham so that it is cooked at the right temperature according to its size.
Mexican deviled eggs
I make deviled eggs with a twist. Boil and peel the eggs, mash the yolks; add yellow mustard and mayonnaise, a teaspoon of vinegar with pinches of salt and pepper. Here’s the twist: add half a teaspoon of cumin, an eighth of a teaspoon of coriander, a tablespoon (or more) of canned green chilies, and combine. Fill the eggs and top with a dash of chili powder and finely-chopped black olives. Feel free to play around with the recipe to add more or less spice.
My aunt’s mother, Odie, made fantastic bunny cakes. They were always a huge hit. White cake mix in a bread pan cooked to package directions, and the rest of the mix made in a cupcake tin. Arrange the bread pan cake as the body of the bunny and use a cupcake as the bunny head. Cover both in vanilla frosting with a layer of coconut flakes. A pink jellybean rounds out the nose and black jellybeans complete the eyes.
Cut out bunny ears from a paper plate to add to the head and there you have it….a bunny cake kids young and old will adore.
Blue-cheese mashed potatoes
These are more than decadent and add a bit of fancy to your holiday dinner. Replace the milk with a cup of whipping cream and add two cups of crumbled blue cheese to your regular mashed potato recipe. The cheese melts into a wonderful creaminess that you will crave all year long. Replacing the blue cheese with feta is also just as delightful.
There is something about food that unites a family and Easter is a perfect time to celebrate that unity. With these recipes, even the worst cook can’t go wrong with their simplicity.