Easter Recipes: 2 Savory Ways To Give Your Ham A Latin Kick This Easter

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This can be your most savory holiday dish! Photo: Courtesy

From the breakfast nook to the dinner table, Easter is not complete without a Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham! Perfectly cooked, hand trimmed and uniformly sliced, these famous hickory-smoked hams make holiday entertaining both headache- and hassle-free, so you can get out of the kitchen and spend more time with family and friends - something we think we can all appreciate.

Whether serving it with a glaze like an Orange Chipotle Ham or incorporating it into easy appetizers like a Ham & Brie Crostini, the ham will lend itself to a variety of dishes, making this your most savory holiday yet.

Have some fun this Easter and share with your loved ones an unforgettable dish! 

  • ORANGE CHIPOTLE HAM

ORANGE CHIPOTLE HAM Pair you mash potato with this ORANGE CHIPOTLE HAM! Photo: Courtesy

INGREDIENTS

· 8 lbs Smithfield Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham

· 1 1/2 canned chipotle chilies in adobo (adjust for taste)

· 1 1/2 pt fresh orange juice

· 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

· 1 tbsp ground cumin

· 1/2 tbsp ground achiote (or paprika)

· 1 tbsp orange zest

· 2 tbsp tequila

· Smithfield honey glaze packet

· 1/2 cup sugar or honey

· 1 cinnamon stick

· 2 whole cloves

· 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

· 2 tbsp corn starch

INSTRUCTIONS

  • For the Orange Chipotle Sauce:

Remove seeds from the chipotle pepper or chilies. For a spicy sauce, do not remove seeds. Combine the orange juice, lime juice, chipotle chilies, cumin and achiote in a blender and puree until smooth. Strain if desired. Place the orange chipotle puree in a medium sized saucepan. Add the orange zest, tequila, Smithfield honey glaze packet, sugar or honey, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, and cook for 25-30 minutes. Remove the cloves and the cinnamon stick.

  • For the Baked Ham with Orange Chipotle Sauce:

Pre-heat oven to 325F. Place the Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham in a large baking pan, with the flat side of ham facing down. Pour 1/2 of the orange chipotle sauce over the ham. Cover the ham with foil and bake for about 1 hour. Warm remaining orange chipotle sauce in saucepan. Remove foil from the ham and pour the remaining sauce over the ham. Continue baking the ham for another 40-45 minutes, basting it every 10-15 minutes with the pan sauces. Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before carving and serving.

  • For the Orange Chipotle Gravy:

Place about 3 cups of the pan sauces in a small sauce pan with the balsamic vinegar. Bring to boil and cook about 5 minutes. Meanwhile mix the corn starch with a little bit of the pan sauces or water and stir into gravy sauce. Mix until well dissolved and thickened. Remove from heat and serve warm.

  • HAM & BRIE CROSTINI WITH FIG JAM

HAM & BRIE CROSTINI WITH FIG JAM Share with your friends and family your new secret weapon! Photo: Courtesy

INGREDIENTS

· 1/4 cup fig jam

· 1 French baguette (10-12 ounces), sliced on the bias, ¼-inch thick (about 24 pieces)

· 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

· 3/4 pound Smithfield Ham slices, cut into 24 pieces

· 9 ounces Brie cheese, sliced & cut into 24 pieces

1. Preheat oven to 400 ℉ . Lightly brush both sides of baguette slices with oil and place slightly spaced on rimmed baking pans. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

2. Top each slice with ham and Brie and bake for an additional 5-8 minutes or until Brie has just begun to melt. Top each crostini with fig jam and serve warm for best flavor.

Chef’s Tip: Try topping with fresh thyme leaves before baking for an additional flavor boost!

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.