Spring is in the air, and so is the aroma of delicious home-cooked meals prepared for all of your family and friends! To keep dishes fresh and interesting and to serve something to please a crowd, you’ll need just the right recipe and ingredients. Ham is a versatile protein that can be ideal for any meal occasion this spring. To help pull off a successful meal, Brain Hendrickson, Curemaster for the Hormel® Cure 81® ham brand, has a few tips for you to try:
Know your Numbers: When purchasing ham for a large crowd, such as Easter dinner, count the number of guests scheduled to attend. It’s a good idea to get about a pound of ham for every 3-4 people. Don’t forget to estimate a little extra for unexpected guests, and everyone’s favorite- leftovers!
As Simple as Heat & Serve: Hams are typically sold as a fully cooked product, so when preparing, all you need to do is heat it until the ham is hot throughout. . A good gauge is when the ham reaches about 140-145 degrees. It’s a simple protein solution when you are pressed for time.
A Ham for Every Occasion: In recent years, various cuts and flavors of ham have been introduced, making it a great option for entertaining or a weeknight family dinner. Hormel® Cure 81® ham items are available pre-diced or pre-cubed for an easy addition to your morning omelet, or in ham steaks that are great to throw on the grill.
If your family is one who gathers together in a large group to celebrate a more traditional sit-down Easter dinner here are a few fun recipes to keep everyone satisfied.