My family comes from a Judo-Christian background. Easter Sunday is a very special day for us.
Most year’s this Sunday begins with attending an Easter sunrise service at a local church followed my a fellowship breakfast. After attending morning church service my family travels to my sister-in-law’s home for Easter Sunday lunch.
Through the years different family members have worked on perfecting certain dishes and it’s these dishes that we are expected to prepare for family gatherings. Our family contains meat eaters , children and vegetarians so a variety of food is needed to make sure everyone has something to eat.
My contribution to the family meals are not complicated dishes, rather very simple to prepare down home dishes that my family loves!
A couple of bags of frozen uncooked shrimp , large size
spices that you like, I have used Old Bay in the past but prefer Pamper Shelf’s Asian Spices
Steamer Bags from Glad
Thaw the shrimp either in your frig or under cold water.
Drain water from the shrimp then salt, pepper, and cover with the spices .
Place in the steamer bag then microwave for 5-7 minutes to steam in the spices. Check the shrimp. If the color has not turned to pink microwave additional time ,3 minutes at a time, until the shrimp is pink. These go fast with children and vegetarians.
This may sound strange, green beans, but our family is a southern rooted family so crunchy green beans are frowned upon. I do not have time to prepare fresh green beans ever time, and even if I could they are not always available. A large bag of frozen green beans, or 6 cans of any brand of green beans is where I start. I load the beans in my slow cooker , add water and a hog jowl, and then turn the temperature medium. All this is done around 7 pm the night before Easter Sunday. I cook the beans for over 12 hours. The hog howl gives the beans wonderful flavor. There is vary seldom any left overs.
Macaroni and Cheese
One box of elbow macaroni
2 cups milk
2 table spoons of butter
¼ cup of self rising flour
Cheddar cheese, a pound cut into small pieces, or 3 cups shredded depending on your time
Cook the elbow macaroni as instructed on the box, drain and place in a oven proof bowl
Place the butter and flour in a two quart sauce pan , cook until the butter is melted and the flour is blended. Add the milk and cook until thickened, but do not bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted. Pour cheese mixture over the macaroni and stir. Place in oven on 300 degrees for about 30 minutes. Forget that boxed stuff for meals like Easter Sunday.
My husband and I try to grow squash, zucchini, peppers(bell and hot), and onions each year in our garden. We love to cook out side in the summer ever chance we get. If the weather permits on Easter Sunday we will prepare these veggies outside like we do in the summer, but inside works as well.
Mushrooms, tomatoes optional
Southwestern Seasoning from Pamper Chef , or spices of your choice
Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a wok, or wok like pan. Cut the squash and zucchini about ¼ in diameter, the peppers and onions in stir fry strips. Slice tomatoes in wedges. Add the veggies to the oil and season with the salt, pepper and seasoning. Cook until the squash is tender. The flavors of these vegetables blend together wonderfully.
Leg of Lamb
Lamb is not a meat that many people are accustomed to eating , but when I prepared it the first time several years ago, it was a big hit.
Leg of lamb
Rosemary ,Thyme, and Garlic Seasonings
Rub the lamb with the oil and cover with the seasoning. Cover with aluminum foil, place in oven preheated to 350 degrees. Cook for an hour to hour and half. Check after one hour to see if cooked enough for your taste. I prefer medium rare meat however my family prefers well done, so the longer time works best for us.