Mr.CBB’s Easter Dinner for 8 in the Crock Pot! Cost $ 1.25 plate

There’s more to Easter than chocolate eggs and bunny rabbits as it’s a time that some families gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s also a time where traditional feasts are served and enjoyed by many all across the land. In Canada Good Friday is a Statutory Holiday and Easter Monday you may find some businesses still remain closed.

Easter Dinner

A Canadian Budget Binder fan Shelley Chenier posted a crock pot recipe last week on Facebook that had me thinking about Easter food ideas. I wanted us to have a traditional Easter menu but without all the fuss. So many of us are busy in the kitchen during special occasions and the guests are left to chat amongst themselves. We would rather not be the absent couple during a family dinner so we decided to change that this Easter. We wanted to create a frugal Easter meal that would allow us to be with our guests and actually celebrate.

Since the Easter holiday is around the corner this recipe caught my eye because it has all the makings of a one pot meal. If you want to keep it simple this Easter try this recipe out and spend more time with your guests rather than in the kitchen. This recipe could easily feed 8 people for an Easter Sunday dinner  or an Easter brunch served with a side garden salad and a nice glass of red wine to balance the flavours.

Cost For Easter Meal

Knowing your prices will help you get the best bang for your buck when you are meal planning and preparing your grocery list. The cost to make this frugal recipe was around $10.00 with the cheese costing the most money at $4.00. The ham was approx $5.00 and I used half $2.50, the spices are very cheap $1.00, the potatoes $1.44 bag (I used 8) $0.75, the vegetables were from the reduced rack except the onions which cost $1.00, the soup was $0.25, milk $0.25, bread crumbs $0.25,Garlic ( free garden). This meal won’t break the grocery budget and uses everyday ingredients that you can find at your local supermarket.

Although this is Shelly’s recipe I’ve added in my own flavours and vegetables. I also didn’t add carrots or peas but I will for next time. You can add whatever vegetables and spices you like to make this your own. My mouth was watering after the first 2 hours of this recipe cooking in the crock-pot. The house was filled with spicy aromas and even the dog made sure to keep watch so no one attacked what might be a special treat for him.

What do you cook for your Easter meal?

Mr. CBB’s Easy Easter Crock Pot Meal- Ham,Potato and Vegetables

  • Cook on low for 10 hours in the Crock Pot

 

Easter Crock-Pot Dinner Ingredients

  • 8 Medium -Large Potatoes Peeled
  • 2 carrots (optional)
  • 1 cup peas (optional)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (any kind)
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 250 Grams cubed Ham- I used the pre-cooked half ham and cut it in half then cubed it. The pre-cooked ham is best as it is already cooked.
  • 1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Spices

  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Olive Oil to drizzle
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon parsley (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

Preparation

  • Peel and Wash your potatoes, then cut them into slices not too thick though about 1/4 inch
  • Put the potatoes in salted water until ready to use so they don’t go dark
  • Cut all the vegetables and put them in separate bowls
  • Put a pinch of salt and pepper in each veg bowl and drizzle with olive oil
  • Cube the ham and put in a separate bowl
  • Grate the cheeses and put in bowls
  • When all of the above is done drain the potatoes and pat them dry
  • In the bowl of potatoes add all the spices above as well as the lemon juice to stop them from going brown while cooking ( worked for me at least) and drizzle with olive oil and stir
  • In a bowl open the condensed soup and mix in the milk and stir
  • Now you can start layering this in the crock pot starting with the potatoes, veg, ham, mozzarella/cheddar cheese, then next layer
  • Pour the soup mixture all over the top layer so it soaks down to the bottom of the crock pot
  • Once you reach the top don’t put any cheese on yet sprinkle the bread crumbs on top
  • Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or high for 4
  • At the last 5 minutes before serving sprinkle the top with grated cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano

Happy Easter from my kitchen to yours- Mr.CBB

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I’m from the UK and now a recent permanent resident in Canada. I bought my first house at the age of 21 after University then my second at the age of 24. I’ve always been fascinated with personal finance, savings, learning to make money and watch it grow while combating debts along the way. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where I get to share my experiences with personal finance and learn about yours along the way. I hope you stick around and check me out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest where I am active on all social media sites. Cheers, Mr.CBB
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Comments

  1. canadianmdinvestor says:

    I gotta say, you take a lot of care in theses posts. I am assuming those pics are yours, taken during the preparation!

    Very Nice. You are dedicated!!

    So what wine do you recommend?

    • Hey,
      Yes these are pictures I take as I’m making the food. I’m a visual person so I like to take time with my posts although I still find the odd error here and there. Can’t win them all!
      In terms of wine, my cheap answer would say from the father in law, but realistically I’m not the best person to ask about best types of wine. We don’t normally spend alot when we do buy wine but we like Rose Mateus, and Black Tower, we’ve tried some Canadian wines and love the Pinot Noirs, Merlot and Cabernet. You gonna give this one a try? It’s fairly easy! Cheers

  2. I agree, it’s hard to take a sexy photo of crockpot dishes!

  3. seedebtrun says:

    Yummo! I know that I need to bust out that crock pot a lot more to save money. Added you to my RSS feed so I can continue to steal all your great recipe ideas!! :))

    -Michelle

  4. Oh wow….first I’ve seen this recipe and now I’m dying to try it! I even have about the right amount of fresh grated Parmesan leftover from my last night’s treat night of food from the little Italian hot table place :) Thanks for posting! Oh, I love the pictures and how clearly you lay out the steps and ingredients :)

    • Thanks, it takes some work but it’s worth it in the end. I love my camera and I love taking photos so I invested in a good camera mind you now you can buy it for under 1k I paid over 2k for it.. oh well technology and money never jive! Let me know how you like the recipe and share it with your mates. Cheers Mr.CBB

  5. Kathleen says:

    I’m making this for dinner tonight… using the last of our leftover ham from Easter dinner :-) Thanks for posting!

    • That’s a great way to use left overs. This recipe was so popular over the holidays I never thought to push the leftover part! Let me know what you think. Cheers Mr.CBB

      • Kathleen says:

        I just finished putting it all together in the crockpot… it definitely turned into a “leftover casserole” as I found a few veggies in the fridge that were on the verge of being wasted, so I threw them in too… I’ll let you know how it goes over in our house after supper :-)

  6. Kelly Kania says:

    Have you ever thought about writing an ebook or guest authoring on other websites? I have a blog based upon on the same subjects you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would appreciate your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  7. Joanna Cheevers says:

    This is the recipe I would most like to try, love using my Crockpot. Perhaps try making the brownies for dessert!

    • This is the number one searched recipe on the blog. It’s been a hit and we love it any time of year. The brownies come in second with the cowboy quickies… yee haw, they say! lol.. Cheers Joanna! Mr.CBB

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