How do you feel about the ham at Easter dinner? To be honest, along the lines of how the turkey is usually my least favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, I could always take or leave the ham at Easter, too. This all changed a few years ago when a friend told me that her family always ate their Easter ham cold. After all, the ham that most people serve is already fully cooked. You’re just supposed to re-heat it in the oven, but you don’t need to (check the label of your ham to make sure it’s “ready to eat”). At first I thought this was a little strange. So…you have hot scalloped potatoes and other hot side dishes, but the ham is cold? What?
That year, while my husband and parents and I were relaxing on Easter morning, I mentioned this cold ham conversation. And everybody started chiming in “You know…that actually sounds pretty good. I would eat cold ham! Screw it, let’s not bake it! We’re eating it cold!” It saved us the trouble from actually having to bake it, and it was totally awesome. I took dinner rolls and made mini ham sandwiches for my Easter dinner. Everybody knows leftover ham sandwiches are the best part anyway, so I just cut right to the chase and started eating leftover sandwiches a day early.
I love these leftover sandwiches with any bread I can get my hands on, but most especially dinner rolls, or savory muffins like these. I started with a basic buttermilk muffin batter, and added a whole mess of dried herbs and spices, green onions and Parmesan cheese to make them extra savory.
I also used NatureBox Country Ranch Sunflower Kernels both in the batter and sprinkled on top. These savory sunflower seeds are the perfect addition to salads, hummus, quick breads, or just eaten on their own. And, you should definitely eat them cold. Like ham.
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