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Glazed Ham Easter Menu

Martha Stewart Living, April 1996

Our traditional Southern-influenced menu features a glorious glazed ham and a light, airy cake to finish.


Glazed Ham

A ham this size can serve 16 people for dinner and up to 50 for hors d'oeuvres. For step-by-step photos and other useful cooking information, see our Ham 101 feature.


Glaze is to ham what stuffing is to turkey.  It's a chance to add a personal touch, to make something that's just like -- or nothing like -- your mother did. Whether it's a brushed-on liquid or patted-on mixture of crumbs and sugar, the glaze is almost always sweet, echoing the trace of sugar in the cure and setting off the salt and smoke of the meat. 


How could we not love ham? It has all the tastes we like best -- sugar, salt, and smoke. If some of the allure comes from a crisp covering of caramelized fat, it's good to know that the meat under the fat has only 140 calories to a three-ounce serving: another reason to celebrate!


Carrot Vichyssoise
Use a blender, not a food processor, to puree this soup, or it will become gummy.


Scalloped Potatoes

This scalloped potatoes recipe is a traditional recipe that can be prepped the night before serving. Creamy with a cheesy topping, scalloped potatoes can easily play side dish to almost any main course. Serve scalloped potatoes with your favorite meat and watch your family fall in love.

Citrus Salad

The most beautiful ruby-red grapefruit is available in December; use it to make this jewel-like salad. In other seasons the grapefruit will be smaller and you will need more.

Green Bean and Butter Bean Salad

Butter beans, or small lima beans, are fresh in the summer. You can freeze them to use all winter, but frozen small limas may be used as well. Any extra vinaigrette can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for another use. Fresh butter beans will cook for 25 to 30 minutes--much longer than frozen lima beans.

Molasses Biscuits

These gingerbread-flavored biscuits complement the smokiness of a glazed ham.

Lemon Meringue Cake

This is a smaller cake baked in a 7-inch tube pan. The recipe can be doubled to use a standard 10-inch tube pan; just increase the baking time to 60 to 65 minutes.


Need more Easter inspiration? Watch Martha make a traditional feast -- Glazed Ham with Pineapples and Cherries, Sweet Potato Pie, Simple Feta Cheese Salad, and Gelatin Mold. Or, try this more modern and simple approach.


For a menu with a Mediterranean flare, you can try this menu of: Avgolemono, Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Greek Lemon Roasted Potatoes, Sring Vegetable Saute, Baklava, Galaktoboureko Beggar's Purses, and Blood Oranges with Honey


Of course, no meal would be complete without the proper tablescape and decorations.

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