It may be urban legend, but a statistic widely reported a while back stated many don’t know what they’re serving for dinner that day by 4 o’clock. If that’s true, I have to believe that, even now, those same people haven’t really planned what they’re cooking for their holiday dinner – let alone know how they’ll execute the meal.
As a public service, we here at gThankYou have decided to put together this no-fail plan (and menu suggestions) to get you started as this week’s Recipe of the Week.
Most big dinners that involve a roast of some sort needn’t be fussy to be spectacular. But it does take a bit of maneuvering if you don’t have a larger-size oven. Follow the same set of rules for cooking a Ham Dinner as other holiday meals, or dinners that include a big roast.

  1. Plan a simple, yet elegant menu with family favorites or recipes you’re comfortable cooking. Too many new things will become overwhelming.
  2. Include quick sides or those that be made ahead and reheated.
  3. Write it down. Simply putting in writing the order your dishes need to go in and out of the oven, and how long they need to cook, will help things go smoothly.
  4. Have fun and enjoy your meal!

To get you started, here’s a sample Ham Dinner menu that’s simple, yet satisfying and splendid:

  • Awesome Baked Ham with a gThankYou to Recipezaar.
  • gThankYou to Simply Recipes for this tasty Roasted Asparagus.
  • Food Network posted this straight-forward Potatoes Au Gratin recipe (gThankYou).
  • gThankYou to Epicurious for this Big Green Salad .
  • If you want to make your own, these No-Knead Dinner Rolls are a big winner. gThankYou to Everyday Food.
  • You have to crack a lot of eggs (a full dozen!) to make this fabulous Angel Food Cake, gThankYou to Martha Stewart. We serve ours with fresh strawberries and hand-whipped cream (yum!).

No need to scramble with this menu. Use it as is or as a launching point for your own fabulous Ham Dinner.

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