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To Cook or Not to Cook: Easter Dinner Ideas

You may have already noticed the signs that Easter is coming. You wake up and don’t know whether to put on flip-flops or a winter coat, yet the flowers are in bloom, the smell of Peeps are in the air and there’s a creepy stranger in the mall dressed like a giant bunny. On April 1st, Easter comes early this year (yikes!) and you may not have even begun to consider what you’ll do for Easter dinner. Never fear, whether you have been known to spatchcock a chicken now and then or can hardly boil water, Farmview Market has some great Easter dinner ideas to make it easy to put a beautiful dinner on the table.

The traditional Easter dinner typically includes a ham, which can be time-consuming to cook to say the least. At 20 minutes per lb. x 10 lb. ham…200 minutes, divided by 60… carry the one… In any case, you’re talking about a huge chunk of the day to cook that thing. If you’re ready to take that on, I’m sure I don’t need to remind you to order your ham in advance, because you’re all over it. If I lost you during the math part of ham, you can order yours fully-cooked from Farmview Market. For you Julia Childs (Children?) out there, if you don’t already have a ‘go to’ ham recipe, try the one below.

If preparing side dishes isn’t in the cards for you either, that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on mac and cheese or sweet potato soufflé. Nor is it an excuse to miss out on your greens because, after all, it’s important to eat your veggies. Farmview has you covered on sides, too.

Ham not your jam? We’ve included a recipe for Dijon Smothered Chicken Legs for you below, as well. Don’t say we never gave you anything. Round out the meal with warm bread and salad (or not), and you’re done, easy peasy!

No matter whether you choose to slave away over a hot oven on the one 74-degree sunny day or you order in, one thing is for certain; no Easter dinner is complete without dessert. Who cares if you already ate your weight in chocolate bunny bodies, there’s always room for pie.

You can order full packages or a la carte online, by phone or in-store. Farmview is taking orders through 3/23, so don’t delay.

Now that dinner is covered, you can turn your attention back to important things like stuffing plastic eggs with candy, finding the perfect open-toed sandal, and taking your allergy medicine.

Easter dinner ideas smoked ham Farmview Market

Glazed Holiday Ham


1 15-20lb.             Smoked or fully cooked ham
1 cup                     Clover honey
1 lb.                        Light brown sugar
1/2 cup                 Dijon mustard


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Place ham on a roasting pan and cover. Cook your ham. (Recommended cooking for most hams is 20 minutes per pound).

Combine honey and brown sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Over medium heat, stir the mixture together until all the sugar has dissolved, then remove from heat and stir in the mustard. Set aside.

Once you have reached the halfway point in your cooking time (approximately 2.5-3 hours), remove the cover from the ham and pour or brush the glaze over the entire ham and then put back in the oven to finish roasting. *If you have glaze remaining, save it for later. It makes a great dipping sauce for the ham, also.

Occasionally baste the ham with the drippings from your pan. Roast until ham reads an internal temperature of 155 degrees.

In the last 5 minutes of baking, turn on the broiler in your oven. This will help caramelize the glaze and give the outside a nice crispy texture.

Remove from the oven and let the ham rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Slice it and serve warm or chill it and slice later for delicious sandwiches.


Dijon Smothered Chicken Legs


8                            Chicken drumsticks
1 Tbsp.                  Salt
1/4 Tbsp.             Black pepper
2 Tbsp.                 Extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup                 All-purpose flour
1 Tbsp.                  Butter, unsalted
1/4 cup                 White wine
1/2 cup                 Heavy cream
3/4 cup                 Chicken stock
2 Tbsp.                  Dijon mustard, whole grain
1 tsp.                      Fresh thyme, minced
1 tsp.                      Fresh oregano, minced
1/2 tsp.                  Fresh parsley, minced
1/4 tsp.                 Celery salt
1/4 tsp.                 Granulated garlic


Heat skillet or Dutch oven on medium heat and add extra virgin olive oil.

Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour.

Add butter and chicken to the skillet and cook 8-10 minutes until golden brown, remove from skillet.

Deglaze the pan with white wine, then add all other ingredients and mix thoroughly with a whisk.

Place chicken back in skillet and coat with the sauce.

Cook on low heat 10-12 minutes, partially covered until internal temp of 165 degrees, turning occasionally.

We hope you enjoy these Easter dinner ideas and make sure to share your meals and ideas with us on Facebook.

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