Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HoneyBaked Ham. However, all opinions stated are my own.
Up until a few years ago, I have to admit that I secretly dreaded Easter morning. Between the egg hunts, the Easter baskets, getting ready for church, and trying to get prep done for the big Easter meal, it was easy to get overwhelmed. I ended up spending so much time in the kitchen getting ready for the big meal that I usually missed out on some of the kids’ Easter fun. It made for a stressful morning. Then when we got home from church, I had to rush to get everything in the oven to cook. So it ended up being an hour or more before we could eat, which resulted in some cranky, hungry kids.
Something had to change. I wanted to be making memories with my family on Easter, not just watching it out of the corner of my eye as I scrambled to get everything done. A couple of years ago, I realized that I was going about it all wrong. There was no reason I had to do it all on Easter morning. If I did all the prep work ahead of time, then I could be enjoying the celebration with my family.
My secret to getting the Easter meal on the table without missing out on any of the fun? I make all the food ahead of time and use my slow cookers to cook the meal while we are at church. It literally takes 5 minutes to transfer the food to the slow cookers and when we get back from church, I can have our traditional HoneyBaked Ham and all the trimmings on the table in a half hour.
We have always gotten our Easter Ham at HoneyBaked Ham. It just wouldn’t be Easter without that tender juicy ham with the sweet and crunchy glaze. If ham isn’t your thing, HoneyBaked Ham also offers turkey. Tender and flavorful, their turkey features the same sweet crunch topping that the ham does and you have the option of roast or smoked. This year for Easter, we plan on getting both ham and turkey. Both options are equally yummy!
Although you can heat HoneyBaked Ham or Turkey before serving, they recommend allowing it to sit at room temperature for a half hour before serving. I tried that the last time I served it, and we found we preferred it that way. So prepping the HoneyBaked Ham and Turkey for our Easter meal is super easy. I just remove them from the fridge and place them on a serving platter when I get home from church. I keep it covered until we are ready to eat. It couldn’t be simpler!
The past couple of years I have also been getting our side dishes from HoneyBaked Ham. They are just as delicious as homemade, without all the work and hassle. To cook HoneyBaked side dishes in the slow cooker, you first need to thaw them. I usually pull them out of the freezer 2 nights before I want to make them. (My fridge runs on the cold side, so yours may only need one night to thaw.) On Easter morning all you have to do is put the side dish in your slow cooker on the low setting. I do this first thing in the morning so the side dishes have 5-6 hours to cook. When we get home from the Easter service, the side dishes are fully cooked and ready to serve. All I have to do is transfer them to a pretty serving dish and put them on the table.
HoneyBaked Ham has a really great variety of side dishes to choose from for your Easter meal. I love that there’s no prep work! We have tried all of them over the past couple of years and they all taste great. Side dish selection may vary by location, but my local HoneyBaked Ham store currently has sweet potato souffle, green bean casserole, cinnamon apples, and garlic mashed potatoes.
This year, we chose sweet potato souffle, green bean casserole, and cinnamon apples as our sides. The sweet potato souffle is always a favorite of my kids. They love the streusel topping. And of course we can’t ever have a holiday meal without green bean casserole!
I found that one HoneyBaked Ham side dish fits well into my smallest slow cooker. (I believe it the 1 1/2 quart size.) Of course you will need multiple slow cookers if you choose multiple side dishes, but if you are anything like me, you have multiple slow cookers that all have different features. Also there are slow cooker models out now that have 3 removable crocks. That would work really well for holiday meals – just put a different side dish in each crock.
The HoneyBaked Ham side dishes each serve 4-6. If you are preparing a meal for a larger crowd or you want some for leftovers, I recommend picking up a couple of each side dish and using a larger slow cooker to cook them.
And what would a holiday meal be without dessert? HoneyBaked Ham even has that covered. (The dessert selection may vary by location and time of year.) Our local store had a yummy cheesecake sampler. It has 3 slices of each of 4 varieties of cheesecake – plain, raspberry, chocolate, and turtle. Yummy!
Want to order your Easter meal from HoneyBaked Ham this year?
Visit www.honeybakedforyou.com to find a store near you. I definitely recommend calling and reserving your ham ahead of time. Most of the year, you can just walk right in and pick up a ham, but Easter is one of their busy seasons. To ensure they have a ham for you, it’s really best to call ahead. Then when you pick up your ham, you can also pick up any sides or dessert that you want.
Save money on your Easter meal from HoneyBaked Ham!
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Between HoneyBaked Ham and my tip to use a slow cooker to heat the sides, you can have a delicious Easter meal on the table for your family with very little time or effort. That means more time to spend making memories with your family this Easter, instead of slaving away in the kitchen. So tell me… What tips do you have for spending less time in the kitchen preparing holiday meals?