(Family Features) - With Easter right around the corner, families are looking for affordable choices for their holiday meal. According to a survey conducted by the National Pork Board, about 70 percent of Americans serve ham for their holiday dinner. This treasured holiday centerpiece is an affordable choice for the Easter table that won't break the bank.
While ham is traditional and affordable, it's also versatile. It's simple to contemporize classic ham, adding a little zing with on-trend recipes filled with spicy, fruity ingredients.
"While ham is delicious on its own, you can easily pair it with so many flavors," says Pamela Johnson, director of consumer communications for the National Pork Board. "The tang or sweetness of glazes, sauces and chutneys is a sure-fire way to bring flair to your holiday feast."
According to Mintel's trend research, "exotic" flavors and fruits are making a big impact in 2009. This Easter, try a delicious Baked Ham with Sweet 'n' Sour Plum Sauce. This savory dish blends the Asian spices with sweet honey and brown sugar. A glaze made with flavorful ingredients such as purple plums results in an incredibly appetizing slice-of-ham heaven.
When the feast is over, this recipe will leave you with plenty of leftover ham, perfect for including in the next day's breakfast, lunch or dinner - yet another reason this recipe is guaranteed to make your Easter meal a success! Visit TheOtherWhiteMeat.com for more than 100 additional ham recipes, videos and free downloadable brochures.