Easter Dinner is a little traditional around here. But, that doesn’t mean boring! After a winter filled with soups, stews, and hearty winter food, the promise of Spring has one wanting a little bit of the old, and maybe something to change it up a bit. This year, no plain ham dinner for us. We’re revisiting an old recipe with a little “Missouri’s Country Store” update.
So, walking thru the aisles in the store I had an idea. Imagined a nice old-school country ham on a platter on that oak dining room table in the furniture area. Friends and Family sitting around that table with mouths watering as we get sat down for the Easter dinner. Then I went down the spice aisle when it came to me. Swapping this, for that, and thinking of how to make that Easter Dinner Ham both look, and taste, terrific.
So, CrockPot or Roaster instead of the oven. Pre-cooked instead of a raw ham. Spiral sliced to make it easier. A great glaze with pineapple rings and cherries like you see in old magazines. Then I tried it out and it turned out great (yeah, I know, test cooking my Easter Ham. It’s a tough job).
So, here is the new Dutch Kountry Easter Ham recipie. Your gonna love it!
What you need:
- Spiral Sliced Country Ham 8lb or less (NOT a “city” ham, we’re relying on the smoky/salty country style ham to do alot of the work for us).
- 2 or 3 Celery Stalks
- Raw Sugar
- Raw Honey
- Ham Soup Base
- 12oz can of Root Beer
- Cajun Filet Spice
- Can of Pineapple Rings
- Jar of Cherries
- White Pepper
- Apple Cider Vinegar
And here’s the process… Really Easy!
Get out your CrockPot or Roaster and either rub the insides down with olive oil or use a non-stick olive oil spray.
Lay the celery stalks across the bottom to hold the ham up off the bottom.
In a saucepan put in 1/2 Cup of Raw Sugar, 1 teaspoon Ham Base, 1/2 teaspoon Cajun Filet, 1/4 teaspoon White Pepper, 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/2 Cup of Raw Honey and pour the juice from the can of pineapple rings in til the mix is just covered and turn that stove burner on low. We’re gonna turn this into a glaze so low and slow is what we want.
Now, put that Country Spiral Sliced Ham in your CrockPot (or Roaster) DON’T TURN IT ON YET!
Stir the mix in the saucepan til it isn’t melted, but it all sticks together. It won’t get very hot at all. We want it warm to come together, but not hot enough to melt. What your looking for is sticky enough to stick to the ham. Too wet, and it won’t stick. Too dry and it won’t stick either. If you stick a butter knife in the mix, move it around a little, and it comes out covered your pretty safe. Turn off the burner and let it sit a minute while you take a couple paper towels and dry off the outside of the ham. Then just dive in and use your hands to put the sticky, gooey glaze all over the top and sides.
Now it’s time to do a little decorating. Grab the toothpicks and cover the whole thing with pineapple rings (put cherries in the center of the rings with a toothpick too). The pineapple rings and cherries will roast with the ham and concentrate their flavors.
It’s time to “set and forget”… turn the CrockPot on the slow setting and then pour 1/2 the can of rootbeer down one of the sides (don’t want to wash off that glaze) and any leftover pineapple juice. That’s gonna concentrate as the ham cooks. Any glaze that falls off with mix in too. It’s going to cook down into a syrup. Just let the crockpot do the work. After about 4hrs (depending on your crockpot) turn it on High for the last hour.
Now the best part… Eating! If you want to impress, use a couple sets of tongs, a heavy spatula, and maybe a spare set of hands and put the ham on a platter. The liquid in the bottom should be boiling so just leave the lid off the CrockPot while your getting everything else ready. About 15mins after you put the ham on the platter (cover in foil if you must) turn the crockpot off and spoon the liquid syrup over the top of the ham.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Really easy and it tastes terrific. Old School with a Twist. And, after Easter Dinner migrate over to the living room and sit in that new big recliner from Dutch Kountry Market. You’ve done your part, tell the kids to go clean up the table!
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