April 11. 2017 8:43PM

Janine Gilbertson's Granite Kitchen: A few easy add-ons for Easter


Mandarin orange pie is an easy, light and refreshing dessert for a big Easter dinner. (JANINE GILBERTSON)


Thousands of hams will be served this Sunday in the Granite State in honor of Easter Sunday. After all, ham is to Easter dinner almost what turkey is to Thanksgiving: the mainstay of a traditional holiday meal.

Many spiral cut hams come with their own glaze packet, but if you’re tired of the same old flavor and want to kick it up a notch, why not try making your own?

If you begin with some honey, a little brown sugar and butter, you’re off to a great start. A little grainy mustard can add some snap and texture to a honey glaze. It’s easy to make and is an excellent way to swap out store bought for homemade.

Of course, as with most meals featuring a large hunk of meat, there are usually leftovers. If you dyed hard-boiled Easter eggs, you can use them along with the leftover ham to make a quick focaccia. 

Grab a package of fresh pizza dough at the store, stretch it, brush with some olive oil and add some fresh rosemary and sea salt. It smells fantastic while it’s baking. Once it’s out of the oven, whip up an easy Hollandaise sauce and peel and slice those leftover eggs. Spread the sliced eggs over the focaccia and add some ham, then drizzle with the Hollandaise and garnish with fresh parsley. It makes a great breakfast or light lunch.

If you’re looking for a delicious dessert idea to accompany your Easter dinner, try a no-bake mandarin orange pie. 

A store-bought graham cracker crust can cut back on preparation time and all you have to do is mix some sour cream with vanilla pudding mix and mandarin oranges, then fill the crust. Top with some whipped topping and refrigerate for about an hour and you will have a light and luscious treat.

Mandarin Orange Pie

9 inch prepared graham cracker crust

24 oz sour cream

2 (2 oz) packages instant vanilla pudding

2 (11 oz) cans mandarin oranges

8 oz container whipped cream topping, such as Cool Whip

Drain the mandarin oranges, reserving 1/2 cup of the liquid, and set aside. 

In a large bowl, add the sour cream, mandarin orange liquid and pudding mix and stir well to combine. 

Add the mandarin oranges and stir, then spread the mixture in the graham cracker crust. 

Spread the whipped topping evenly over the filing and place in the refrigerator. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

Hollandaise Focaccia with Ham and Eggs

1 store bought refrigerated pizza dough

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp fresh rosemary

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

2 hardboiled eggs, peeled and sliced

1 cup ham, chopped

3/4 cup Hollandaise sauce (recipe below)

1/4 cup parsley, chopped, if desired for garnish

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Stretch the pizza dough to fit the baking sheet, then brush the dough with olive oil. Sprinkle with rosemary and salt, then set an an oven preheated to 425 degrees and bake for about 15 minutes, until dough is light golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside. 

Evenly spread the ham and sliced egg over the baked dough, then drizzle with hollandaise sauce. Garnish with parsley before serving.

Hollandaise Sauce

2 egg yolks

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/8 tsp salt

pinch cayenne pepper

Add the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper to a microwave-safe bowl and beat until smooth. 

Slowly add the melted butter into the egg yolk mixture while whisking. 

Whisk until smooth; place in microwave and heat for 15 to 20 seconds.

Honey Mustard Ham Glaze

2 cups honey

1/8 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup butter

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp whole grain mustard

Discard the glaze package that comes with your ham. Heat the ham according to package directions. 

While ham is baking, prepare your glaze: Add the honey, butter, brown sugar, salt and mustard to a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Whisk ingredients together while heating; heat until sugar dissolve and glaze thickens, about 15 minutes. 

Remove ham from oven when there is about 20 minutes of baking time left. Pour glaze over ham slowly, allowing glaze to seep in between slices. Return to oven and continue to bake for about 20 more minutes. Remove from oven and serve.