What Side Dishes Go Best With an Easter Ham?

snippyBroadbent’s Easter hams help complete many people’s Easter day celebrations around the country. After all, Easter is typically celebrated with a special dinner, surrounded by friends and/or family. It’s one of the rare times of the year when people from near and far come together to gather around one table to give thanks and celebrate faith, hope and love. Food is a big part of Easter. Broadbent’s Easter hams come ready-to-bake or fully-cooked in a variety of styles including whole, boneless, semi-boneless or sliced.

 

What side dishes go best with an Easter ham from Broadbent’s? Well, for starters, spring vegetables work well. How about a potato salad? Also, consider a nice lemon risotto with peas, tarragon and leeks. If you and your group of diners like cheese, how about a two-cheese squash casserole topped with crumbled Broadbent’s Pepper Bacon to go with the Easter ham? Or perhaps you could use fresh peas mixed with mint and green onions for a nice combination with the main course. A quick Internet search for side dish ideas and recipes can yield a stunning array of delectable results. Rachael Ray has over a dozen side dish considerations for you at her website.

 

It’s not unusual for people to have some applesauce with their Easter ham or some pineapple rings to Easter Dinnersadd a unique flavor to the meal. It’s also fun to mix up various veggies and spices to go with the ham, including asparagus and tomatoes, sautéed carrots with sage, or broccoli covered with lemon juice and butter. Add some corn cake, deviled eggs garnished with Broadbent’s Ground Ham or cole slaw to the festivities and you’ve got the makings of a diverse and tasty Easter meal.

 

Broadbent’s Easter hams include the boneless cooked country ham as well as the conveniently spiral sliced city ham. Don’t forget to add on a jar of Broadbent’s Sweet & Tangy mustard to your order, just in time for Easter dinner. Visit this link to order “fixins” for this Easter here: http://www.broadbenthams.com/Easter-Hams/products/64/

 

 

A look at the Meaning of the Easter Ham Tradition

easter hamTraditions always have a meaning. The word tradition has an implication of long and storied custom transmitted from generation to generation. There are few stronger, present traditions than that found at Easter time. Colored eggs, chocolate rabbits, baked hams and roasted lamb all have one thing in common; Easter.

 

 

What brought the components together to form a collective Easter tradition, exactly? Celebrating the resurrection and rebirth in the spring is where all these themes are derived from and how they all relate. The name itself was even derived from the name of a German/Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eostre, representing the dawn-rebirth of the year.

 
The Eostre goddess was represented with a rabbit that laid eggs, representative of newborn or reborn life. Rabbits, meanwhile, are prolific breeders in the spring. Even the practice of Easter egg hunting is representative of hunting for a suitable mate. Eggs are a big part of Easter foods, whether eaten alone or in all the fancy baked breads of the season.

 
The traditional Easter ham is representative of what Jesus and his apostles ate at the Last Supper. Though he undoubtedly ate lamb, the contemporary Easter traditions are deeply rooted in Nordic and Bavarian European culture are much more centric on pork than lamb. And again, tracing back to historically springtime traditions, hams, from pigs were slaughtered in the winter, salted and smoked to eat in the springtime before fresh meats were available.

 
What made the Easter tradition what it is today had a very long history and rife with symbolism. The transmission of the customs making up what Christians look forward to every single year has a long and meaningful past full of meaning and sentiment. This is what makes Easter ham ingrained in the annual observance and steeped in history.