Happy Easter Monday everyone! For those of you who celebrate, I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. We spent Sunday morning at church and then spent the afternoon at my parent’s house for Easter “dinner”, if you can call it that. My husband pointed out that on holidays, for some reason, we never eat at a normal time. We always eat at 2 or 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Does anyone else’s family do this? Anyway, this Easter was no different. We ate at 3 o’clock and we called it Easter “dinner”. In my family, we divide up the food and each person is usually responsible for one of the courses. My favorite, and the one that usually gets assigned to me, is the appetizers. After some thought, I finally settled on making a tomato, mozzarella and basil salad (aka caprese), my famous guacamole (its really only famous amongst my family, but it’s good! I promise!), and hot ham dip.
I’m not sure where this hot ham dip recipe came from. My mom has been making it for years and it’s a favorite in my family, for good reason. It’s so easy, almost embarrasingly so, and only consists of five ingredients. It’s also almost always one of the first things to go at any party and is absolutely delicious.
Hot ham dip
1 block of softened cream cheese (8 oz.)
1.5 cups of sour cream
1/3 lb. of thinly sliced deli ham, cut into small bite sized pieces
1 small onion, minced
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped (easiest way to do this is in a food processor or with one of those handy food choppers like this one)
crackers, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, ham and onion together in a bowl. Once everything is combined, transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Top with the chopped walnuts and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350. Serve with crackers.
We had an amazing Easter spread. After we snacked on the hot ham dip and the other appetizers I brought, my mom baked a ham and served all kinds of delicious sides to go along with it including roasted asparagus bundles wrapped in bacon (so good)! My grandmother made my brother’s favorite cherry cobbler for dessert, and Heather, a family friend, brought a cheese plate, which we snacked on both before and after the main event.
It was the perfect meal and the perfect celebration to round out such a special and important day.