Spring Holiday Celebrations

Ham is the traditional Easter meal in many households and today I want to share some ideas for ham again for my newer readers.  Then, I’ll share a new recipe for lovely spring asparagus to go with it. Last year I think I found the absolute most perfect way to serve a Slow Cooked Holiday Ham, and blogged about this during last fall’s Autumn Jubilee. (The link for the zucchini on the plate below is on the linked Holiday Ham post.)

Slow Cooked Ham at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Since most hams nowadays are fully cooked (see the original post on that too), just heating them to food safe is enough, and preserves the juiciness.  One method uses parchment to cover the ham in a roasting pan.  Do not use grocery store paper bags like your mother used to do, as today’s bags are made with chemicals that are not food safe.

Slow Cooked Ham at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

See the linked post, Slow Cooked Holiday Ham, for the recipe and instructions on both this method and the next one.

Slow Cooked Ham at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The other method uses my Kitchen Aid 6-Quart Oval Slow Cooker (Amazon affiliate link) set on low for a four hour slow cooking.  I like the programmable controls which will switch the cooker to a keep warm mode when the time is up.

Slow Cooked Ham at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Now, for something new and different, serve Asparagus with Roasted Garlic and Sun Dried Tomatoes with your ham.  See my post on Roasted Garlic to learn how to roast and not steam your oven baked garlic bulbs, plus another great recipe for a baked spinach.  This asparagus dish cooks in just a few minutes on the stove top.  Just place the asparagus, roasted garlic, green onions and chopped sun dried tomatoes in a pan over medium high heat with a bit of butter.

Asparagus with Roasted Garlic at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Cook for about four to five minutes, tossing frequently until butter is melted, onions are translucent and the garlic and tomatoes are soft.  The asparagus will be crisp tender.

Asparagus with Roasted Garlic at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Delicious!  This asparagus has so much flavor, it could work as a vegetarian entree.  Gluten free too, for my readers that need that.

Asparagus with Roasted Garlic at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Asparagus with Roasted Garlic and Sun Dried Tomatoes

1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
1 tablespoon roasted garlic
1 tablespoon diced sun dried tomatoes
1 tablespoon butter
2 green onions, chopped

Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium high heat.  Cook for four to five minutes, tossing frequently until butter is melted, onions are translucent and the garlic and tomatoes are soft.  The asparagus will be crisp tender.  Serve immediately.  Amounts may be adjusted for taste.  Serves 4.

Asparagus with Roasted Garlic at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

It makes a fine base for a lovely grilled chop for a summer meal.  With a yummy salad, who needs carbs?

Asparagus with Roasted Garlic at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Download the pdf – Asparagus with Roasted Garlic and Sun Dried Tomatoes.

Asparagus with Roasted Garlic at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

So, this will be our Easter meal, with succulent ham, a fresh salad, and this flavorful asparagus.  It is a nice twist on the traditional flavors of spring, and a great way to celebrate National Garlic Day on April 19th.

Asparagus with Roasted Garlic at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

So, if you need a reason to gather the family for a holiday meal, celebrate Earth Day on the 20th, Easter on the 21st, Arbor Day in the US and St George’s Day in the UK on the 23rd, What is on the menu for your Easter or Spring (or Autumn for my southern hemisphere readers) Holiday dinner?

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11 thoughts on “Spring Holiday Celebrations

  1. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    Your ham and asparagus sounds so good!! Our asparagus will be popping up soon and I’m so ready with recipes of favorite dishes!! After it being in the mid 80’s last week, it’s 33 this morning. Old Man Winter is having a last fling!

  2. thedarlingdogwood

    Mmmm, I love ham! I haven’t tried your slow cooker method yet because I use a marinade/glaze and I’m not sure it would work in the slow cooker. This asparagus looks amazing! I will be trying it! I’m the only one in my house who eats asparagus so I don’t have to worry about what anyone else will like 🙂

  3. Melanie

    Oh yum! What a perfect meal, a perfect way to celebrate Easter Sunday. I will try your asparagus recipe, one of our favorite veggies! Thanks, Carole!

  4. The ham I was going to cook yesterday is still in the refrigerator because plans changed…It’s fully cooked and I usually just cook it in the oven for an hour or so…do you think it would work in my oval slow cooker for 3-4 hours, you have me intrigued, I don’t see why not…thanks Carole!
    Jenna

  5. Phyllis Smith

    Hello Carole, Can’t wait to try the asparagus recipe. I love that veggie. I especially like the pickled version and the roasted ones. Have a recipe to make a grilled cheese with it and got a ham & gouda grit cakes with tomato gravy from My Recipes.com today so guess what I’ll be making in the days to come. You and your family have a Wonderful Easter together. Phyllis

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