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An easy crock-pot Easter dinner that will serve at least eight people and allows you to mingle rather than jingle in the kitchen.
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More Entertaining And Less Time Cooking
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 when traditional feasts are served and enjoyed by many across the land, including a complete Easter dinner with all the fixings.
In Canada, Good Friday is a Statutory Holiday, and on Easter Monday, you may find some businesses remain closed.
Please Note: The date of this blog post is 2012, which means that prices have increased.
Easter Dinner (Crock-Pot Ham, Potatoes, Cheese and Vegetables)
A Canadian Budget Binder fan posted a crock pot recipe last week that had me thinking about Easter food ideas and how I could simplify it for those who aren’t fans of cooking.
So many of us are busy in the kitchen during special occasions, and the guests are left to chat.
We would rather not be the absent couple during a family dinner, so we decided to change that this Easter.
I wanted us to create a traditional Easter menu but without all the fuss so we could spend time catching up rather than washing sink loads of dishes.
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 and spend more time with your guests than in the kitchen.
This recipe could easily feed eight adults for an Easter Sunday dinner or an Easter brunch with a side garden salad and a nice glass of red wine to balance the flavors.
Cost For Easter Meal
Knowing your prices will help you get the best bang for your buck when you plan and prepare your grocery list.
The frugal recipe costs around $10.00, with the cheese costing the most at $4.00.
The ham was approx $5.00, and I used half, $2.50; the spices were 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 my flavors and vegetables. I didn’t add carrots or peas, but I will 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 kept watch so no one attacked what might be a special treat for him.
How To Make Easter Crock-Pot Dinner
- Recipe Type: Easter Dinner
- Cuisine: English
- Author: Mr.CBB
- Prep time: 20 mins
- Cook time: 4 hours
- Total time: 4 hours 20 mins
- Serves: 8
Easter Dinner in the crock-pot means you can spend more time entertaining and less time cooking in the kitchen.
- 8 Medium -Large Potatoes Peeled
- 2 carrots (optional)
- 1 cup peas (optional)
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms (any kind)
- 1 cup celery chopped1 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
- 2 cloves of garlic chopped
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Olive Oil to drizzle
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- I teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Celery Salt
- 1 teaspoon Cumin
- 1 teaspoon parsley (dry)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 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 it in a separate bowl.
- Grate the cheeses and put them in bowls.
- When all the above is done, drain the potatoes and pat them dry.
- In the bowl of potatoes, add all the spices above and the lemon juice to stop them from going brown while cooking ( worked for me, at least) and drizzle with olive oil and stir.
- Open the condensed soup in a bowl, mix in the milk, and stir.
- Now lay this in the crock pot, starting with the potatoes, veg, ham, mozzarella/cheddar cheese, then the 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 ten hours or high for four.
- For 5 minutes before serving, sprinkle the top with grated cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Don’t fuss over Easter dinner if you don’t want the hassle or stress of cooking a full meal when you can make it all in a crock-pot.
No one will notice that you didn’t slave over a hot oven, but they will compliment your dinner.
Cook on high for 4 hours in the Crock Pot
Discussion: What do you cook for your Easter meal?
Happy Easter from our kitchen to yours.
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