What To Serve at Easter Dinner This Year

Ham is a glorious piece of meat around which to anchor your Easter dinner. But what to serve with it isn’t quite so set in stone. Here are a few suggestions to help get your Easter party started.

Photograph by Jared Sych

Nitrate-free Ham

Second to None Meats cures its own ham without the use of nitrates (a preservative). If you get a ham with the bone in, you can make soup or a pot of baked beans the next day.

2100 4 St. S.W., 403-245-6662 and 10816 Macleod Tr S.E. (Willow Park Village), 403-225-2788, secondtononemeats.com

Barbecue Sauce

Glazing your ham with honey is a classic approach, but why not up your ham game by brushing on Black Currant & Foothills Honey BBQ Sauce by CRMR Kitchen? It’s made with local black currants and adds a light, smoky flavour and beautiful colour.

Available at several markets around town including Second to None Meats, crmrkitchen.com

Handmade Perogies

Stuffed with potatoes, onions and cheese, hand-pinched perogies are a perfect pairing with baked ham, something you already know if you grew up on the prairies. They’ve been making hundreds daily at Heritage Bakery & Deli since the mid-’80s, still using the same family recipe they know from memory.

1912 37 St. S.W., 403-686-6835, heritagebakeryanddeli.ca

Carrots

The super-sweet carrots grown at Beck Farms are delicious any way you serve them, but for added flavor and complexity, roast them with a little local honey.

Innisfail Growers Co-op, Calgary Farmers’ Market, 403-240-9113, calgaryfarmersmarket.ca

Buttermilk Biscuits

Chef-owner Wade Sirois at Forage Foods makes towering buttermilk biscuits using his aunt’s secret recipe and Vital Green buttermilk. Ham and biscuits are a classic combination, and a great thing to have on hand for large crowds and buffet-style dinners, as they allow those who want to forego knives and forks to tuck some ham into a biscuit and eat sandwich-style instead.

3508 19 St. S.W., 403-269-6551, foragefoods.com

Carrot Cake

The Easter bunny says carrot cake is the perfect dessert for your holiday table. The 14 Karrot Gold cake at Bliss & Co. can be customized with vanilla, caramel or lemon frosting between the layers, with the sides and top decorated as you like. Plus, it’s completely nut-free.

728 Northmount Dr. N.W., 403-281-8821, blisscupcakes.com

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