Every year around this time, our family looks forward to Easter dinner together, mainly because that means we get to enjoy a delicious Easter ham. After all, who doesn't love the smoky goodness of a tasty ham, sliced thick or thin, and served with a variety of tasty side dishes.

Here are some ideas for delicious Easter side dishes. They are designed to feed 4-6 people, but you can scale up as necessary.

1. Cauliflower Casserole

You will need a 9-inch casserole dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole cauliflower, chopped into medium florets
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into course pieces
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, mozzarella or cheddar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • Fresh pepper
  • 1 t butter
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Method

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease casserole dish with a little vegetable oil or butter. Steam cauliflower and boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Mix together in a bowl and distribute evenly in greased casserole dish. In a small saucepan, melt butter and mix in flower until it forms a paste. Under medium heat, add milk and whisk until smooth. Add cheese and mix until cheese melts. Add salt and pepper. Pour cheese sauce over cauliflower and potatoes. In a small pan, melt butter and saute bread crumbs until coated. Sprinkle bread crumbs over cauliflower and potatoes and place in oven for 30 minutes, or until bread crumbs are golden brown. Serve warm.

2. Sweet Potato Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil

Method

In a large bowl, add first five ingredients and mix. In a large skillet, heat 1 T oil on medium heat and spoon potato mixture in 2-3 T increments, about 3-4 at a time. Pat down with spatula and cook for five minutes. Turn over and cook for another five minutes, serve hot.

3. Curried Apple Wheatberry Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked wheatberries
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t fresh pepper

Method

In a large bowl combine the first six ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the next six ingredients (liquids and spices) and whisk together. Pour dressing over wheatberry mixture and mix thoroughly. Let sit 15 minutes before serving.

4. Charred Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1 bundle of asparagus, cut into uniform pieces
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Cut asparagus to a uniform size and spread on a broiler sheet. Drizzle oil generously over pieces and roll around. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place under broiler until charred and tender. Serve hot.

5. Carrot Ginger Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 T butter or 1 t oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 3 cups broth
  • 1 t grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Saute onions and celery until soft, then add carrots and cook for five minutes. Add broth and ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 30 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Remove from heat and blend soup until smooth. Add yogurt and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot or cold.

6. Sweet and Tangy Apple Relish

Ingredients

  • 2 t oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped finely
  • 1 t ground coriander
  • 1/4 t cayenne
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 2 lbs apples, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 2 t fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • Pinch of salt

Method

In a sauce pan, saute onion until tender. Add next three ingredients (spices) and cook for one minute. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes until thickened. Cool and serve with ham.