Having a simple menu is essential when you work on Easter Sunday. Don't get me wrong- Easter is a joyous, uplifting celebration. And it Wipes. Me. Out! I definitely don't want to spend all day in the kitchen on Easter after I've spent the morning playing church services and directing several choirs.
We'll be making our usual potato casserole (you might remember it from Christmas dinner 2010). It has to be prepped the night before, which helps in meal preparation on the holiday. After the ham has baked about 45 minutes, we'll start assembling the pineapple side dish.
It takes about ten minutes tops to mix up the pineapple custard.
Pineapple Custard *
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sugarSo here's the plan. First of all, we opt for a spiral-sliced ham. The one I bought weighs 8 1/2 pounds, and it will need to cook around 15 minutes per pound. So- about two hours and fifteen minutes of time, but very little effort. We got one with a brown sugar glaze this year.
Bake uncovered for one hour and fifteen minutes at 350 degrees.
Next, we'll get our potato casserole into the oven (it has to be prepped the night before the holiday). It cooks for 45 minutes to an hour. The oven will be crowded but everything should fit.
Overnight Cheesy Potato Casserole-start the night before!
An easy way to get crushed cornflakes: Measure out about four times the crushed volume desired into a large sealable plastic storage bag. Crush the cornflakes with a rolling pin- make sure the bag has been sealed tight first!