Easter dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year for many, brimming with fresh spring vegetables, hot cross buns, and for many, an Easter ham. The first choice for many is to head to the supermarket and buy the nicest-looking water-added mass-produced variety, but there are some truly spectacular hams out there that are available by mail-order, able to be shipped right to your door. Here are five of our favorites:
We’re big fans of Portland-based Olympia Provisions, and their Sweetheart Ham is out of this world. Made from pork sirloin tip, these two-and-a-half to three pound hams are brined for 10 days with juniper berries, fresh herbs, garlic, and onions, then smoked over applewood for 10 hours. $60 will get you one ham, with free two-day air shipping.
Snake River Farms
This moist, smoky, and flavorful ham is made from Kurobuta pigs, one of the world’s most coveted breeds. These hams are hormone-free and spend about 10 percent than longer reaching maturity than commercial pork, resulting in a darker, firmer ham. “Mini-hams” (which can still feed up to 4) are available for $49, and whole bone-in hams cost $179.
If you’ve ever tried their bacon, you’ll know that the folks at Nueske’s know how to smoke their pork and their old-fashioned boneless ham doesn’t disappoint. Skinless, shankless, and fully-cooked, these no-water-added hams are slow-smoked over applewood, and cost $59 for a half and $119 for a whole. Bone-in hams are also available, starting at $119, and mini-hams cost $49.
D’Artagnan is renowned for everything from their game birds to foie gras. Their hams, available boneless or bone-in, are smoked over applewood and seasoned simply with salt and brown sugar. Bone-in hams average 17-21 pounds and cost $127.99 ($159.99 after April 2), and boneless hams are available in small (one-and-a-half to three pound, $23.99, $29.99 after April 2) and large (five to seven pounds, $59.99, $74.99 after April 2) sizes.
Based in Surry, Va., Edwards is renowned for their hams, especially their Surryano, which is cured and is similar in variety to prosciutto or Serrano. Their traditional hams are fantastic as well, and come in several varieties: petite, cooked or uncooked, bone-in or boneless, even pre-sliced. Country hams are aged for four to six months and are full of hickory flavor, and city hams are smoky and perfect for Easter — you can even order one of each in a special package.
10 Great Options for Ordering Easter Food Online
From ham and lamb to chocolates, here are some good options for ordering Easter food online.
Ordering Easter candy online is a snap, but it’s also easy (and a huge time-saver) to order your other Easter goods, too. There are several online meat purveyors that offer different hams and cuts of lamb you can also get cakes and cupcakes, if you want something sweet to supplement your dinner. Read on for some great options we found to round out your Easter meal this year.
Best Mail Order Country Hams Online 2021
We’ve found the best country ham you can order online from Virginia to Montana. These gourmet hams are either wet or dry aged&mdashcured the way your great grandparents would have cured them. Tasting them is like a step back in time, and a good many steps up in flavor.
But, you may ask, if there’s a country ham, does that mean there is a city ham? Yes. The difference is in how the meat is cured.
The country ham is dry cured. It is first rubbed with salt and seasonings and hung to dry cure in a smoke house. These hams are aged anywhere from six months to a year or more. This curing process results in a meatier, more richly flavored, saltier ham. The time-intensive nature and rich flavor of the country ham makes it a favorite at holiday meals.
By contrast, the ham many of us are most familiar with is “city ham” or just ham&mdashthe type of mild ham you enjoy deli-sliced and piled on a sandwich. This type of ham is wet-cured, which means the pork has been either submerged in or injected with a brine made of salt, sugar, seasonings, and curing agents, and then fully cooked. This gives the meat a milder, juicy flavor.
A quick word on smoked country hams: Hickory smoke may be too strong for some palates. Cherry and apple woods and corn cobs produce milder smoke. If “smoke” or “liquid smoke” is listed in the ingredients, the ham has been injected with smoke flavor, not smoked. No worries. You won’t find any injected flavor in the options below.
Estimating serving sizes: Country hams are denser and richer in flavor than city hams so 4 to 5 ounces per serving should cover you. And of course plan a little extra to enjoy ham sandwiches on a warm country biscuit or ham with your eggs in the morning.
Here, for your convenience, are some of the best country hams to order online.
Roasts & Gravy
HOW TO MAKE ONE THAWED TOFURKY HAM ROAST: With a knife or scissors, remove plastic casing and clips from the ham roast. Place on a oven safe pan. Pour half the glaze over the roast, coating well. Cover and cook at 325°F for 1 hour 15 minutes. Uncover and pour remaining glaze over the roast. Cook uncovered for 15 more minutes. Cook to a temperature of 165F. Do not eat uncooked.
INGREDIENTS: HAM: Water, vital wheat gluten, tofu (water, soybeans, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride), expeller pressed canola oil, contains less than 2% of sea salt, spices, granulated garlic, cane sugar, natural flavors, natural smoke flavor, color (lycopene, purple carrot juice), oat fiber, carrageenan, dextrose, konjac, potassium chloride, xanthan gum. CONTAINS: SOY, WHEAT
GLAZE: Malted barley, brown sugar, amber ale (water, malted barley, oats, hops, yeast), whole grain mustard (water, mustard seed, white vinegar, salt, citric acid, tumeric), ground mustard, spices.
13 Restaurants With Easter Dinner Delivery, So You Can Celebrate Safely at Home
Even if your nearest location doesn't deliver, you can still order takeout or curbside pickup.
We can all agree that this Easter is still far from normal. If you're trying to limit your trips to the grocery store or simply don't have enough time to track down a ham for your family, take a break from the kitchen and go for one of these Easter dinner delivery options instead. Whether you're feeding two or 10, these to-go meals will make everyone in your household happy, thanks to a wide-range of delicious sides, mains, and desserts. While most of these Easter dinners stay true to the classics &mdash spiral ham, mashed potatoes, carrots, and greens &mdash restaurants like Carrabba's Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill offer family-friendly meal bundles for those who'd rather devour a plate full of pasta, fish, or a combination of the two.
Since Easter Sunday will be here before you know it, take care of your dinner order ASAP. To ensure that you get exactly what you want when you want it, place your order online now and schedule a delivery or pickup for a specific time. Even if your nearest location doesn't offer delivery, all of the restaurants listed have some form of contact-free pickup available on the day of, so you can pay in advance and stay put in your car. In some ways, these dinners are the best Easter gift you could ever receive: Since you'll spend less time preparing dinner, you'll have more time for egg hunts, games, and other festive activities with your loved ones near and far.
Order a pre-cooked ham from Harry & David and it'll arrive at your door in just two days to ensure freshness. Heat upon arrival and pair with your go-to holiday sides like green beans and mashed potatoes.
Get Your Easter Ham & More Meats Delivered to Your Door With These Services
I know it can seem hard to believe, but Easter is less than two weeks away and if you don’t want to get in a battle at the butcher’s counter over the last ham or don’t feel comfortable braving a packed grocery store, you’re in luck. There are plenty of meat delivery services that will send high-quality beef, chicken, pork, turkey, salmon and more straight to your door.
In search of primo red meats? Chicago Steak Company has prime New York strips, ribeyes, flat iron and filet mignon steaks back in stock, and all orders ship for free! More of a seafood fan? Sizzlefish has a seafood subscription that allows shoppers to build their own box or, order your Wild Alaska King Salmon a la carte &mdash up to you.
Ahead, we’ve gathered all the meat delivery options you could possibly ever want or need, from high-quality protein to reasonably priced fresh meats via FreshDirect.
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Easter is all about the ham and Goldbelly has the best selection of hams we’ve seen. Whether you’re feeding two or twenty, they have an option for you and they come in all sorts of flavors.
For families of four (or two meals to serve a couple) that aren&apost feeling like ham this year, try a two-course filet mignon dinner from Hickory Farms. Along with four 6-ounce filets, the meal comes with green bean casserole, scalloped potatoes, and a marbled cheesecake.
Omaha Steaks is offering a steal on a four-person complete ham dinner for $70 (it would cost over $100 purchased separately). The meal includes a fully cooked, juicy ham, creamy whipped sweet potatoes, and corn and edamame succotash. A classic carrot cake is included for dessert.
Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham
It takes over an hour to drive from Baltimore to B.K. Miller Meats, but St. Mary’s County resident Bertha Hunt told me that that is where she gets her corned hams, so I made the trip.
When you enter B.K. Miller, you walk through a large liquor store, towards a back doorway. As I passed the aisles of booze I wondered what vestige of a deli I was about to encounter. To my surprise and delight, the back room was bustling. A woman was cooking up sausages and the smell was heavenly. I spotted scrapple, braunschweiger, liver pudding(!), and all the hog parts that are fit to eat stacked within the fridges and freezers.
After I requested the corned ham I’d called ahead for, some attention was drawn to me. “Are you going to stuff it?”, a woman asked. She fondly recalled stuffed ham and we chatted as I filled my arms with impulse purchase charcuterie. The atmosphere was jovial some people were probably grabbing some meats to grill on that nice day. Others shopped for specialty items.
I lugged my ham to the front, glancing around at the liquor selection as I made my way to the register. It takes a long time to cook a ham… Alas, my hands were quite full.
It is fortunate that I enjoyed the B.K. Miller atmosphere so much, because it turns out, in a bit of irritating irony, that the ham was produced right in Baltimore by the Manger Packing Corporation.
When I’d inquired about a corned ham from a place in Catonsville, they told me that they don’t get corned hams until “closer to the holidays.” Thinking that they meant some time in April, I asked, “how much closer…?” “November” was the reply. “Oh,” I realized. “THOSE holidays.”
Stuffed ham may be available year-round in St. Mary’s county, but their Catholic origins means that stuffed ham for Easter is a must.
Whenever I enjoy stuffed ham I am always reminded of how odd it is that it hasn’t “taken off” as at least a minor trend in the upscale restaurants that peddle in heritage foods. I will no longer wonder about that because now I know – stuffed ham is a real pain in the ass to make, and the options are a minefield of treacherous missteps.
The first point of contention is the type of ham. A 1950 Baltimore Sun article about Easter meals cited a St. Mary’s County authority, Mrs. Mervill Loker, who used a smoked ham. Others emphatically disavow this practice. Since a corned ham is the most commonly used, (and the most obscure and annoying item to get) I figured that was the way to go.
Once the corned ham has been rinsed comes the first real dilemma – to bone or not to bone? In 1988, Sun writer Rob Kasper explored the controversy.
“Ham Bone advocates cook the ham with the bone still in it. They argue that the bone gives flavor and posture to a stuffed ham,” he wrote. But then, “Anti-bone forces contend that with the bone removed, the ham is easier to slice and ‘you can fill up the bone-hole with more stuffing.’”
While that is a valid and intriguing point, I have no idea how to debone a ham. The bone stays in the ham.
I don’t even know where to begin with the whole greens thing. Cabbage, Kale, Mustard, Cress? While many people say this is a regional preference, I went ahead and got what was easily available at the farmer’s market, which happened to be a little of everything.
In “Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Maryland,” Colonel John Douglas Freeman includes shallot tops. Since I happened to have some in my garden I threw those in as well. Modern recipes blanch the greens first I did this because it shrunk them down a bit, allowing me to pack more into the ham.
This is where it gets embarrassing. I don’t know my ham anatomy very well. I did get a few holes stuffed well (with the aid of a wooden spoon handle), but a real expert would have fit WAY more stuffing-holes into the ham. Live and learn.
The next ordeal came when it was time to begin the 5-hour boiling process. My pot was too small. I ended up having to borrow a turkey frying pot from my mom. Honestly, if I do this again I might just boil the whole thing on the turkey-fryer burner and spend the day outside.
There are many Baltimore Sun articles about stuffed ham, but the St. Mary’s College Slackwater oral histories offer local accounts. Interviewees talk about growing greens to stuff the ham with, personal preferences, learning to make the ham, and of course their own processes. An interview with Mary Drury goes into the most detail, describing “the tedious job, almost agony sometimes, of stuffing it until you have as much stuffing in there as you can get in the ham.”
I certainly didn’t find it agonizing but it is a lot of work.
When the process was done I was left with several byproducts – the thick layer of fat from my ham, some extra greens, and gallons of pot liquor. The agonizing thing was admitting that I could only use a few quarts of the pot liquor at most.
According to Rob Kasper’s 1988 Sun piece, “Almost everybody agrees that the best way to enjoy a stuffed ham is to slice it and serve it in sandwiches.” The rest of the particulars are enough to make your head spin but that is some advice I am glad to take. Now, for potato bread, white bread, or wheat….
Costco will deliver Easter dinner to your house for less than $10 per person
Here comes Costco delivery, hopping down the bunny trail. Hippity, hoppity, ham is on its way!
Who else feels like this year is flying — er, hopping — by? It's like 2021 just arrived and suddenly it's spring. And now Easter? Many home cooks spent the last year baking and breaking bread by themselves or with their families over and over (and over and over and over). Naturally, some may be a bit tuckered out in the "let's celebrate Easter Sunday in the kitchen making slow-roasted lamb and a myriad of sides" department.
Luckily, the oh-so convenient big box store known as Costco is sending out a two-course Easter dinner fit for eight people just in time for the holiday. Schwan's Spiral Ham Dinner comes with all the items precooked (they just need to be reheated before it's time to sit down).
It includes one 8½-pound hickory smoked spiral ham that's already sliced, a 2-pound bag of garlicky baby potatoes, southern-style biscuit dough (enough for 18 biscuits) and 11 servings of sweet corn cut off the cob and three bags of MicroStream Whole Green Beans that just need to be nuked before meal time. For dessert, there's a 10-inch apple pie and tub of vanilla ice cream.
Let me hear you say "a la mode!"
While ham has become a centerpiece of the Christian holiday, you certainly do not have to believe in Christianity to enjoy the fruits of this feast, nor do you have to preorder exactly in time for Sunday, April 4. According to Costco's website, orders for the prepared meal kit placed by Wednesday at noon local time will be delivered the following Monday. Deliveries will only arrive on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday as weekend shipments could sour the perishable items (though they are stored in insulated dry ice).
The Schwan's dinner typically costs $90 but is available at Costco for $75 for orders placed by April 4. For folks who just want the ham, it's available for $44 on its own on the purveyor's website.
Looking for some more appetizers or sides to enjoy for your Easter Sunday brunch or dinner? Try these!
14 Easy and Delicious Ham Recipes for Easter
What's Easter dinner without ham? Bonus: Delicious leftovers for days!
Planning your Easter Sunday menu? Get our favorite easy ham recipes here, and don't forget to check out our favorite no-stress Easter dinner recipes and desserts to enjoy after the meal is over.
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Ready to impress your guests? Opt for this easy and punchy glaze, which features fresh lemon zest, ginger, cayenne pepper, and a healthy dose of sweet honey.
Apple cider vinegar, apricot preserves, and Dijion mustard combine to create the perfect sweet and tangy ham glaze.