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How to Prepare Your Easter Ham
Sliced Ham

Savory, flavorful and reminiscent of childhood memories, a slow-roasted ham is a great centerpiece for your Easter party. We've prepared some tips, tricks and side dishes that will make your holiday ham shine this Easter.

Picking Your Ham

Whether you're feeding a crowd or having a small, intimate gathering, we offer many different choices of ham. In general, plan for ¾ lb. of bone-in ham per guest or ¼ lb. of boneless ham per guest. Looking for a ham that is gluten free? Check out some of our Gluten Free Ham options available.

Preparation Tips

  • Whole hams are best cooked using slow-roasting methods in an oven or slow cooker while ham steaks can be cooked in a pan on the stove.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that your ham is fully cooked. It should register at 145F.
  • Cook your ham with the cut side down.
  • Brush ham with a glaze throughout the cooking process to add additional flavor.
  • Utilize an Oven Bag to maintain juices.
  • Try a slow cooker for easy preparation - for an 8 lb. ham, cook on low for 8 hours.


Tasty Side Dishes

Rainbow Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette

What better way to celebrate springtime than with a colorful mix of fruits and veggies in our Rainbow Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette? The bright pop of citrus and mellow, fresh flavors of greens and blueberries will match perfectly with your sweet and savory ham. You can also modify this recipe to add any fruits or veggies that you like - the sky's the limit!

Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms

Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms are an elegant addition to your dinner table - without a lot of work! Roasting vegetables allows a natural caramelization, which brings out a sweet note to your favorite veggies.

Cheesy Potatoes

No holiday meal is complete without Cheesy Potatoes! A rich blend of potatoes, cheese and Greek yogurt makes a wonderfully creamy side dish that everyone will love.


Tired of eating plain, leftover ham? Try using leftovers in soups, quiches, salads or sandwiches. The ham bone can also be saved to make a hearty stock for soups. Cured and cooked ham can be stored in the freezer for 1-2 months.

Bowls of leftover ham and bean soup

Here's a recipe for our Leftover Ham and Bean Soup which is a great way to utilize your leftover ham in a new and interesting way!


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Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.

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