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Fruit casserole to go with the Easter ham

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I'm continuing to share recipes that can be used as a part of your Easter celebration this coming weekend. I've already shared a "French Toast Casserole" and "Hot Cross Buns", both of which would be very appropriate for Easter breakfast. In case you missed those recipes, here's the links to get them again:

http://www.examiner.com/article/preparing-for-easter-with-breakfast

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-traditional-easter-bread

Since most everyone will be serving ham this Sunday, you may be trying to come up with something new and different to go with it. One thing that certainly goes well with ham is fruit. I'd like to pass along the ingredients for a "Hot Fruit Casserole" that would go very well with your Easter ham!

This casserole uses canned fruits, which are drained and cut in half. A mixture of sugar, flour, nutmeg and cinnamon is made up and the drained fruits are coated with the sugar mixture. This goes into a casserole dish. For added flavor, sherry is poured over the fruit. The prepared fruit is now topped with a crunchy mixture of flour, oatmeal, and melted butter. This goes over the top of the entire casserole and it's ready to bake. When it's ready, it has a golden brown top and looks divine!

The original recipe called for the fruit to be coated in the sugar mixture one piece at a time. I found this to be too time consuming, so therefore, I suggest placing the fruit in the prepared casserole dish and sprinkling the sugar mixture over it. Carefully turn the fruit to coat it on all sides, then proceed with the recipe.

Don't feel you have to save this recipe to serve with just ham. It will go very well with chicken or turkey, too. You can also set this recipe aside for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays later in the year, as it will be equally as good then as is for Easter.

I shared another hot fruit recipe sometime ago called "Hot Curried Fruit", which has the flavor of curry combined with many good things to make a casserole that's equally as good as this one. To get this recipe, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/fruit-with-the-flavor-of-curry

Let's give the holiday ham a flavorful companion with this recipe:

HOT FRUIT CASSEROLE

  • 1 (29 oz.) can pear halves
  • 1 (29 oz.) can peach halves
  • 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple slices
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sherry

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 stick butter, melted

Drain the fruits and cut each piece in half. Combine sugar, flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Place the fruit in a buttered 9x13 inch casserole and sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Carefully turn the fruit to coat with the mixture. Pour sherry over the fruit. For the topping, combine the oats, flour and salt. Sprinkle over the fruit and drizzle with the melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve hot. Yiel6-8 servings.

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