(<a href=”http://www.familyfeatures.com”>Family Features</a>) Easter is all about festive family gatherings and good food. Whether you’re celebrating with your closest or hosting a larger crowd in your home, try these simple tips to keep everyone happy and full without blowing your budget.
<strong>Plan ahead:</strong> Don’t let the pressure of hosting the holidays stress you. A well-constructed game plan can help you stay on track with your spending goals. Before heading to the grocery store, take inventory of what you already have and create a list of the items you need. These simple steps can save you time and money in the long run.
<strong>Find affordable ingredients and supplies:</strong> Grocery shopping can be a daunting task, especially with seemingly endless options. Shopping at a grocery store like ALDI helps you find everything you need in one quick and easy shopping trip, including high-quality, fresh, affordable foods for your Easter spread. While there, you can also pick up other Easter essentials like baskets, toys, bakeware, decor and more.
<strong>Keep leftovers in mind:</strong> Food (and money) can go to waste when leftovers go uneaten. Instead of tossing out your forgotten leftovers, incorporate them into a whole new dish. Try these Holiday Ham Sliders using leftovers from main dishes such as Slow-Cooked Maple Ham.
Find more tips and recipes for an appetizing Easter at <a href=”https://www.aldi.us/” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>ALDI.us</a>.
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<h2>Slow-Cooked Maple Ham</h2>
Recipe courtesy of Chef Alyssa, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
<ul><li>20 ounces Sweet Harvest Pineapple Chunks</li><li>8 pounds Appleton Farms Smoked Ham Butt</li><li>1 cup Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup</li><li>1 cup Baker’s Corner Brown Sugar</li><li>1/2 teaspoon Stonemill Cinnamon</li><li>1 tablespoon Burman’s Dijon Mustard</li><li>1 teaspoon Stonemill Ground Black Pepper</li></ul><ol><li>Pour pineapple into large slow cooker. Place ham on top of pineapple, flat-side down.</li><li>In small bowl, combine syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, Dijon mustard and pepper. Pour over ham.</li><li>Set slow cooker to low. Cook 4-5 hours.</li><li>Remove ham; keep warm. Skim fat off top of remaining liquid in slow cooker.</li><li>Pour liquid into small saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer; cook until reduced to desired consistency.</li><li>Serve sauce on side or heat oven to broil and glaze ham. Broil 3-4 minutes for caramelized crust.</li></ol>
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<h2>Holiday Ham Sliders</h2>
Recipe courtesy of Chef Linsey, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
<ul><li>Carlini Canola Cooking Spray</li><li>3 ounces Happy Farms Preferred Cranberry White Cheddar, shredded</li><li>3 ounces Happy Farms Preferred Plain Havarti Cheese, shredded</li><li>12 ounces L’oven Fresh Hawaiian Sweet Rolls</li><li>2 tablespoons Burman’s Spicy Mustard</li><li>1/4 cup sliced red onion</li><li>12 ounces Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Half Ham</li><li>1/4 cup sliced green apple</li><li>4 tablespoons Countryside Creamery butter, melted</li><li>1/2 teaspoon Stonemill Garlic Powder</li><li>1/4 teaspoon ground Stonemill Sea Salt</li><li>1/2 teaspoon Stonemill Parsley Flakes</li></ul><ol><li>Heat oven to 350 F.</li><li>Line 9-by-13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.</li><li>In small bowl, combine cranberry white cheddar and havarti cheeses. Reserve.</li><li>Remove entire package of rolls and, keeping rolls connected, slice in half horizontally.</li><li>Place bottom half of rolls in baking pan. Spread with spicy mustard.</li><li>Top with red onion, ham, apple, cheese mixture and bun tops.</li><li>In small bowl, combine butter, garlic powder, salt and parsley flakes. Pour over sandwiches.</li><li>Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes.</li><li>Remove foil. Bake 10 minutes more.</li><li>Remove from pan and separate sandwiches; serve immediately.</li></ol>