Make a Plan

Take a moment before your dinner to map out the meal. A simple outline will ensure less stress the day of your feast. Here are some things to consider:

  • Number of People – Helps with the shopping and seating arrangements.
  • Age/Appetites – Your hungry uncle eats a lot more ham than your 12-year-old niece.
  • Dietary Needs/Preferences – Don’t forget options for your gluten-intolerant brother!
Easter Table settings

The Menu

A perfect Easter ham dinner requires delicious side dishes to complete the experience. A great meal offers a variety of flavors. The 5 basic tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. Build your menu with these in mind. Since a ham is naturally salty, it’s a good idea to add other elements to complement the salt element. Ham glazes take this into consideration and usually include a sweet and tart ingredient. 

Classic side dishes include mashed or scalloped potatoes, roasted vegetables and biscuits or rolls. It is springtime, so take advantage of the bounty of the early harvest so check your local market for spring peas, asparagus, and artichokes. 

Here’s what we’re serving this year for a balance of flavors. This menu includes the ham and three side dishes. You’ll notice there is a touch of spice in some of the recipes, but feel free to leave them out. You can also bake or buy your favorite dinner rolls, which are a traditional addition for many families.

SRF Kurobuta Ham with Pomegranate-Orange Glaze
The glaze draws sweetness from orange juice and honey. Pomegranate juice adds tart brightness. Bay leaf and rosemary provide herbaceous notes. A final spicy kick comes from fresh chiles. 

Miso Butter Mashed Potatoes
A classic comfort food with a touch of umami from white miso paste. 

Citrus Broccolini
Broccolini with oranges and chili flakes is an easy side dish that brightens the table with fresh green color and easy enough for a weeknight meal, yet elegant enough for a holiday table.

Treviso (Radicchio), Pomegranate & Walnuts
Radicchio’s bitter bite is always welcome alongside rich foods. Fresh fruit adds sweetness and a crisp vinaigrette with red wine brightens up the meal.

Holiday Ham Hints

Let It Thaw

SRF ships hams frozen, so allow plenty of time to let it gently thaw in the refrigerator. A whole boneless ham can take several days. Once thawed a ham can rest in the fridge for 7 days or more, so start early.

To Glaze or Not to Glaze

Kurobuta hams are naturally rich and deliciously prepared without any additional ingredients. It’s common practice to make your Easter ham with a family favorite glaze. A good glaze has elements of sweetness balanced with something tart. Some glazes include a boozy element like bourbon or rum for added flavor. (Don’t worry the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process.)

Here are some of our favorites:

More ham questions?

See our Kurobuta Ham Guide details on choosing, cooking and slicing your Easter ham. 

Glazed SRF Ham

More questions? Book a call with Dave, your personal SRF culinary consultant:

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