When the Easter Ham is Gone.... What's for Dinner?
Apr. 14, 2012 6:21 am
Updated: Apr. 22, 2012 4:46 am
Last week was Easter and I host Easter Dinner at my house. The star of the dinner table is always a glazed, spiral sliced ham. Scalloped potatoes made with the help of hubby also always grace the table. This was the first holiday celebrated with my
son, Steve, not present. For those who don't read my blogs regularly - Steve (who will be 23 tomorrow) graduated from college and then moved 1400 miles away to South Dakota to live with my sister and start his career as a youth corrections officer. It was
a strange feeling to not have him here, but luckily he's a "good boy" and calls his mother often; I miss him but I can handle his absence. But it's only been since March 2nd. :)
In addition to Steve being absent my son-in-law had to work and my brother was unable to make it up this year. That means 3 big eaters were missing. It doesn't mean I cut back on the size of the ham. Oh no. Not me. I subscribe to the thought that it's far
better to have too much food than to run out. What that means is I bought a 9.5 pound ham to feed 9 people. What that also means is I had leftovers, even with sending ham home with my daughter for my son-in-law. Jon and I had ham two nights and there was
still plenty left over. So I "visited" my old, dear friends - The Cookbooks. I knew there would be a recipe to use up some of this ham I had. I found an interesting recipe in one of my many Taste of Home books. It was a ham, egg, and potato casserole.
This recipe called for 4 hard-cooked eggs chopped and mixed with sliced cooked potatoes and diced ham. I didn't have the sour cream called for so I subbed with a can of cream of mushroom soup. I topped it all off with breadcrumbs and popped in the oven.
Yummy! I had just enough left over to take for my lunch on Friday.
I got home from work on Friday afternoon and realized I had to think of something to make for dinner that didn't call for ham as one of the ingredients. Alas! I found a package of crablegs in the freezer that I had purchased when my grocery store had them
on sale. I always have shrimp in the freezer, too. I also had some ciabatta bread I had made. We finished the meal off with a vegetable stir-fry and a bottle of chardonnay wine.
Even though we had fewer people for Easter dinner - I also did not cut back on desserts. There weren't as many leftovers in that department - but that's a whole different story with this crew!