Easter – Left Over Ham!

EASTER! The true meaning of EASTER is unconditional love. Jesus’s resurrection from the dead reassures us that He will never leave us, and He will love us through everything.. through our sins, our triumphs, our failures and our great days. God sacrificed Himself for us and invited us home to be with Him in heaven, even though we constantly sin.

The Easter Bunny also is part of Easter. While there isn’t any historical documentation that explains how a rabbit became the furry face of Easter, the most obvious connection may be the calendar. April showers not only bring spring flowers, but the birth of baby rabbits. Rabbits are long standing fertility symbols associated with the arrival of spring. In fact, The Easter egg has more historical context then the Easter Bunny, in that eggs may have been part of the Passover Seder plate at the last supper, as it still is today. We don’t know for sure, but later Jewish sources firmly incorporate the egg in a Passover ritual, though there are no bunnies to be found.  That’s just a bit of history on the Easter Bunny!

“Monte Cristo Original Disneyland Recipe” is a favorite and so good
Canola or Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/3 cups water
1 large egg
4 slices white bread
4 slices turkey  lunch meat
4 slices swiss cheese
4 slices left over Easter Ham
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
Fill a medium size saucepan just over 1/4 full with Canola or Vegetable oil. Heat to 375 degrees F.
To prepare the batter, place flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl, stirring to combine.  Stir in water and egg, mixing until well combined.
To prepare sandwiches, layer bottom slices of bread with a slice of Swiss cheese, 2 slices of turkey, 3 slices of ham and another slice of Swiss Cheese. Close with top slice of bread then cut into fourths.A Place a toothpick in each sandwich slice.
Coat all sides of sandwich triangle with batter. I used a spoon to help coat both sides, instead of dipping. Carefully place one sandwich at a time in hot oil.  Cook each side until golden brown. Remove and place onto a paper towel lined plate to drain oil. Continue until all have been coated.  Dust warm sandwiches with powdered sugar, cut in half and place onto a serving plate with grapes, a few strawberries and blackberry jam for dipping.  Enjoy warm.


Cheesy Ham and Grits Breakfast Casserole
A savory breakfast casserole for a special breakfast that’s hearty and comforting with left over Easter ham.
3 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup corn grits
1/2 stick unsalted butter
8 large eggs
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups diced leftover Easter ham
Preheat oven to 350F. Generously grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with butter or coat with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium pot, mix milk and salt and bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, pour in grits, bring to a boil, and turn down heat. Continue stirring until grits begin to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted. In a large bowl, scramble eggs. Mix in cheese, ham, and grits. Pour into a prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until puffy and golden brown. Serve warm.











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