A Cozy Easter Dinner For Two

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Planning a grand Easter feast can be wonderful, but sometimes a cozy and intimate dinner for two is just as perfect. This guide provides everything you need to create a delightful Easter dinner for your special someone, complete with a flavorful main course, delectable sides, and all the trimmings – all designed for a party of two.

Ingredients

Easter Dinner For Two:  unique menus 04 - Two Kooks In The Kitchen
Easter Dinner For Two: unique menus 04 – Two Kooks In The Kitchen

Honey Glazed Ham

1 small bone-in ham shank (about 2-3 lbs)

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of black pepper

  • Roasted Asparagus with Lemon

    1 bunch asparagus, trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Scalloped Potatoes

    2 medium russet potatoes, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions

    Honey Glazed Ham

    1. Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C). In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, Dijon mustard, honey, apple cider vinegar, cloves, cinnamon, and pepper.
    2. Place the ham shank in a baking dish. Using a sharp knife, score the surface of the ham with diagonal lines. Brush generously with the prepared glaze.
    3. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove the foil and brush the ham with additional glaze every 15 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C), about 30-45 minutes more.

    Roasted Asparagus with Lemon

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Toss asparagus with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet in a single layer.
    2. Roast for 10-12 minutes, or until tender-crisp.

    Scalloped Potatoes

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a small baking dish. Layer half of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of the dish.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk together heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
    3. Pour half of the cream mixture over the potatoes. Add the remaining potatoes and top with the rest of the cream mixture.
    4. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Note: These are approximate values and will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Honey Glazed Ham: Calories: 400, Protein: 30g, Carbs: 20g, Fat: 25g

  • Roasted Asparagus with Lemon: Calories: 50, Protein: 2g, Carbs: 5g, Fat: 3g
  • Scalloped Potatoes: Calories: 350, Protein: 8g, Carbs: 30g, Fat: 20g

  • Conclusion

    This Easter dinner menu for two offers a complete and satisfying meal without the stress of leftovers. The honey-glazed ham adds a touch of sweetness, while the roasted asparagus and creamy scalloped potatoes provide a delightful balance. With careful planning and these easy-to-follow recipes, you can create a memorable and delicious Easter celebration for two.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use boneless ham instead of a bone-in ham shank?

    Absolutely! You can use a boneless ham for this recipe. Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of the ham. As a general rule, boneless ham cooks faster than bone-in ham.

    2. What can I substitute for asparagus?

    If you’re not a fan of asparagus, other options include green beans, broccoli florets, or roasted Brussels sprouts.

    3. Do I have to use heavy cream in the scalloped potatoes?

    For a lighter version, you can substitute the heavy cream with low-fat milk or vegetable broth. However, using milk or broth will result in a less creamy texture.

    4. How can I reheat leftovers?