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Eff ortless Easter ham Th is year, make your Easter ham eff ortless
by ditching the oven and using your
slow cooker instead. While most people
think about slow cooking for staples like
chili and stew, it’s also perfect for centerof
the-plate feasts - like an Easter ham.
Using the slow cooker, you can minimize
both prep time and cleanup time,
leaving plenty of room in the day for
church, hunting eggs and enjoying time
with your loved ones.
Ham is a tradition for many families
this time of year, and because it pairs well
with a multitude of ingredients, you can
create a unique dish every time.
For a fresh spin on the classic ham, try
this Sweet Southern Slow-Cooker Ham
recipe from the National Pork Board.
Apple cider and bourbon (or vanilla
extract, if you prefer) combine to create
a rich fl avor complemented by the sweetness
of brown sugar.
Round out your Easter menu by pairing
your ham with classic sides such as
oven-roasted carrots, asparagus wrapped
in bacon and mashed sweet potatoes.
You can also use left over ham for fl avor
packed recipes like Ham, Apple and
Cheddar Crepes, which are ideal for a
To get inspired by more ham and Easter
meal ideas, visit PorkBeinspired.com or
Easter Ham Pin-spiration Sweepstakes
Enter the National Pork Board’s Easter
Ham Pin-spiration Sweepstakes at
PorkBeinspired.com/EasterHam for the
chance to win an Easter gift basket with
everything you need for this year’s celebration.
Sweet Southern Slow-
• Yield: 12 servings
• Prep time: 10 minutes
• Cook time: 4 to 8 hours
• 1 bone-in fully cooked ham, about 5
• 1 cup apple cider
• 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
• 1/3 cup Kentucky bourbon
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
• 4 fresh thyme sprigs
Place ham in large slow cooker. Whisk
cider with brown sugar, bourbon, honey
and mustard. Slowly pour over ham.
Scatter thyme sprigs into slow cooker.
Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for
8 hours, or until very tender. Remove ham
to rest on cutting board. Pass remaining
cooking liquid through fi ne mesh sieve
into saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes
or until slightly reduced. Carve ham into
serving pieces. Brush ham pieces with
cooking liquid before arranging on platter.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: For a non-alcoholic alternative,
replace the bourbon with 1/4 cup water
and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
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