This is part of a sponsored collaboration with National Pork Board and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
When it comes to organizing a special Easter celebration, the last thing you want to do is spend an endless amount of time in the kitchen. Besides cooking, there are way too many things to prepare for a family get together, specially if you have a large family.
Easter after Easter, my time organization and efficiency has slowly improved. I’ve been able to spend more time with my family and even participate in Easter games with the kids. One big change I made the last few years is cooking a ham as the Easter feast centerpiece. Buying an already glazed ham from specialty stores can cost a fortune so I decided to glaze my own. It’s incredibly easy and quick to prep your own. Not to mention, pork is full of flavor, versatile, healthy, easy to make and accessible. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, a little goes a long way and there are endless dishes that could be made to feed a large crowd.
As an Easter host. It’s easy to plan a potluck celebration. Make your guests contribute side dishes, desserts and drinks. You can also give someone on egg dying duty and make them in charge of party supplies and manning the craft table. It gives everyone a sense of involvement and unity. Plus, it’s just so much fun including everyone in the party planning because so many creative ideas arise when many people are happily involved.
This year, you be the Easter host and bake a kumquat bourbon glazed ham. If kumquat marmalade is difficult to find in your area, substitute with your favorite marmalade. Orange, apricot and cherry work great too and give your ham a delicious sweet and tangy taste. The bourbon balances out the sweetness and give it an oaky taste. Plus, your kitchen will smell amazing as it cooks.
Celebrate any occasion. From Easter to mother’s day and father’s day with easy to make pork recipes. Visit PorkTeInspira.com for recipes ideas like this one and visit your nearest retailer for many budget-friendly pork cuts.
- 1-10 pound fully cooked bone-in ham
- 1 cup kumquat marmalade
- ½ cup bourbon
- 1/3 (packed) cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove skin from ham and trim fat to approximately 1/4-inch. Make shallow cuts in fat resembling a cross or diamond pattern. Place on a 13x9 aluminum foil lined jelly roll baking sheet.
- Combine marmalade, bourbon and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over low-medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Brush over ham.
- Bake on lowest oven rack for 90 minutes; basting every 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 20 minutes before serving.