Easter ham: The brunch centerpiece

Farm Forum

SIOUX FALLS – It’s not Easter brunch unless there’s ham on the table. The classic roast ham anchors Easter celebrations, providing a show-stopping centerpiece and ample leftovers to enjoy for days after the occasion. This spring, the National Pork Board brings a dose of sophistication to the must-have ham with surprisingly simple recipes and tips that will inspire elegant and festive gatherings all season long.

“Thanks to its versatility and ease of preparation, ham is a perfect canvas for experimenting with flavorful twists for a truly memorable brunch or any occasion,” said Stacey Sorlien, Director of Programs and Communications for the South Dakota Pork Board. “To impress your guests, think past basic recipes. Try a new rub or glaze to enjoy your Easter ham in delicious new ways. Or, enjoy ham in a rustic tart or as a savory addition to veggie-based sides.”

Inspired flavor combinations and creative accompaniments perk up the classic Easter ham in new recipes like Molasses Black Pepper Glazed Ham, Baked Ham with Mojo Sauce or an all-time favorite Apricot-Glazed Ham. Round out the feast with Rotini Pork Salad with Fresh Basil for plates that pop with bright color and fresh seasonal flavor. Or, for a simply elegant brunch, try a Bacon and Mushroom Bite Size Quiche, with balanced notes of sweet onion, savory bacon, fresh mushrooms, flaky crust and a rich egg base.

Build a Better Ham Sandwich

According to National Pork Board trend data, ham is America’s most popular lunchmeat, amounting to 16 percent of all sandwiches eaten at home. For Easter leftovers, think beyond the classic ham and cheese with these delicious takes:

• Breakfast Ham Focaccia: For a great way to start your morning, cut open your focaccia and fill it with sliced ham, Asiago Cheese Sauce, red peppers, fresh rosemary, parsley and mascarpone cheese.

• Ham & Cheddar Green Chili Breakfast Sandwich: Make your ham sandwich a fresh start for the morning! Combine sliced ham, cheddar cheese, eggs and green chilies on an English muffin. It’s a flavorful twist on this classic morning breakfast sandwich.

• Layered Ham and Cheese Quesadillas: For a new take on ham and cheese, fill a quesadilla with sliced ham, Monterey Jack cheese, black beans and roasted green chilies. Layer it up and then top with your choice of salsa and sour cream.

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