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6 fun union-made recipes for Easter dinner

Posted on April 17, 2014
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Aside from egg hunting and candy binging, Easter is about welcoming spring, spending time with those we love, and taking time to recognize tradition.

Any time there is tasty food involved, union members recognize solidarity by purchasing ingredients from companies that support good jobs.

As you are jotting your recipes for Easter Sunday, here are some delicious dinner ideas that use union-made ingredients.

For a more complete list of union-made foods to enjoy, check out this list from the AFL-CIO Now blog. Also, don’t miss our complete list of union made candy to fill your Easter baskets!

 


 

Apricot Glazed Ham via Farmland Foods

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (about 5 pounds) Farmland® Boneless Smoked Ham - Old Fashioned Pit Ham
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 cup apricot nectar
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Place ham and apricot nectar in roasting pan.
  2. In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Spread preserves mixture over surface of ham. Loosely cover and bake for 1 1/4 hours or until internal temperature reaches 140°F., basting ham with pan juices every 20 minutes.
  3. Slice ham and place on serving platter. Spoon pan juices over ham.

 

Make it union: Tyson Ham, Hormel Honey Roasted Ham, Cook’s Ham, Appleton Farms Ham, Black Forest Ham, and Butterball Ham are all made possible by union members (UFCW).

 

 


 

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Rosemary via AllRecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons prepared Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 pounds whole leg of lamb
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

 

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the honey, mustard, rosemary, ground black pepper, lemon zest and garlic. Mix well and apply to the lamb. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  3. Place lamb on a rack in a roasting pan and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  4.  Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and roast for 55 to 60 more minutes for medium rare. The internal temperature should be at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) when taken with a meat thermometer. Let the roast rest for about 10 minutes before carving.

 

Make it union: Chiapetti Lamb and Fischer Meats Lamb are union-made by UFCW members.

  


 

Scalloped Potatoes via CookingChanneltv.com

Ingredients

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups smooth goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chives, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, finely sliced
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • Salt and pepper

 

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the goat cheese with the cream. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the chives. Keep aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the potatoes into 1/8-inch thick slices by using a mandoline or a very sharp knife. Rinse and keep in cold water.
  3. In a large skillet, saute the onions with garlic for about 10 minutes in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Drain and pat dry the potatoes. In an ovenproof dish, nicely layer the potato slices. Cover with some caramelized onions, and 1/4 of the goat cheese mixture. Repeat the layers and finish with the goat cheese mixture. Season each layer with salt and pepper. Pour the rest of the cream mixture over the potatoes and the butter. Cook in the oven for 1 hour until golden brown.

 

Make it union: Country Fresh, Blue Bonnet, and Horizon dairy products (butter and heavy cream) are union-made by UFCW members.

  


 

Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs via AllRecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mustard

 

Directions

  1. Place eggs in a saucepan, and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, and cool. To cool more quickly, rinse eggs under cold running water.
  2. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Alternatively, wrap bacon in paper towels and cook in the microwave for about 1 minute per slice. Crumble and set aside.
  3. Peel the hard-cooked eggs, and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks to a small bowl. Mash egg yolks with mayonnaise, crumbled bacon and cheese. Stir in mustard. Fill egg white halves with the yolk mixture and refrigerate until serving.

 

Make it union: Alta Dena, Horizon Organic, and President’s Choice eggs are union-made by UFCW members.

  


 

Ambrosia via FoodNetwork.com (recipe courtesy of Alton Brown)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 6 ounces homemade mini marshmallows, approximately 3 cups
  • 1 cup clementine orange segments, approximately 6 clementines
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 1 cup toasted, chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup drained maraschino cherries

 

Directions

  1. Place the cream and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whip until stiff peaks are formed.
  2. Add the sour cream and whisk to combine. Add the marshmallows, orange, pineapple, coconut, pecans and cherries and stir to combine. Transfer to a glass serving bowl, cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving. 

 

Make it union: Domino Sugar, as well as Country Fresh, Blue Bonnet, and Horizon dairy products (heavy cream and sour cream), are union-made by UFCW members.

  


 

Easter Oreo Cookie Suckers via HowDoesShe.com

Ingredients

  • Oreos
  • Sucker sticks
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Sucker bags
  • Bag ties

 

Directions

  1. Melt Chocolate in 30 seconds increments until melted, stir often.
  2. Dip a sucker stick into your melted chocolate. Open an Oreo and gently press the chocolate coated stick into the frosting center.
  3. Put cookie back together and press gently.
  4. Let dry for a few minutes.
  5. Dip both sides of the cookie into melted chocolate.
  6. Place on wax paper.
  7. Decorate.
  8. Let Dry.
  9. Wrap in sucker bags for storage.

 

Make it union: Oreo Cookies are union-made by BCTGM members at Nabisco.

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