Wanting to whip up some exciting and tasty treats this Easter? Try these traditional dishes with a twist to impress your guest.Whipped Sweet Potato Casserole
40 Minutes , 5 portions, 296 calories
2 pounds sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons orange juice
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter, cubed
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large saucepan cook sweet potatoes in salted water over medium-high heat for about 20 minutes, or until done. Drain, and add orange juice, brown sugar, nutmeg and butter. Whip until smooth. Spread into a medium size casserole dish and top with marshmallows
Bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until marshmallows are golden brown.
Honey Glazed Ham
1hr 35 minutes, 15 portions, 521 calories
1 (5 pound) ready-to-eat ham
¼ cup whole cloves
¼ cup dark corn syrup
2 cups honey
2/3 cup butter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Score ham, and stud with the whole cloves. Place ham in foil lined pan.
In the top half of a double boiler, heat the corn syrup, honey and butter. Keep glaze warm while baking ham.
Brush glaze over ham, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Baste ham every 10 to 15 minutes with the honey glaze. During the last 4 to 5 minutes of baking, turn on broiler to caramelize the glaze. Remove from oven, and let sit a few minutes before serving
Lemon Green Beans with Walnuts
4 servings, 202 calories, 30 minutes
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 lemon, juiced and zested
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Arrange nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in the preheated oven until lightly browned, approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
Place green beans in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender, but still bright green.
Place cooked beans in a large bowl, and toss with butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer beans to a serving dish, and sprinkle with toasted walnuts. Serve immediately.
Award Winning Carrot Cake
12 servings, 573 calories, 1hr 45 minutes
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
3 (4 ounce) jars carrot baby food
1/2 cup grated carrot
1 cup flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix the oil and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture just until combined. Stir in chopped pecans, carrot baby food, grated carrots, and coconut. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.