by Dana-Marie Moore, Executive Sous Chef

What do Hot Crossed Buns, Ma’amoul, Simnel Cake, Peeps, and Colomba Pasquale have in common?  These foods are associated with Easter dinner in different parts of the world. 

In the United States, one of our popular staples includes a glazed Easter Ham (thankfully more than peeps). Our history with ham on Easter dates back to past seasonal farming practices. Pigs were usually slaughtered in the fall-for preservation purposes the legs were typically cured during the winter months. 

Spices and flavors that blend well with ham include clove, cider vinegar, and maple. The combination of sweet, salty, and savory lends a hand in building the perfect crust. 


Serves 4

Pre-Heat Oven to 400˚F


  • 1 6-7 pound picnic shoulder ham

  • 1 jar (18oz) Major Grey’s Chutney 

  • 2 oz apple cider vinegar 

  • 2 oz citrus blossom honey 

  • 2 oz maple syrup 

  • 15 cloves 

  • 2 tsp pink peppercorns 


  1. Score ham (the skin and fat) and press pointed end of clove into center of diamonds formed by scoring.

  2. Blend chutney, vinegar, honey, and maple syrup and divide in half.

  3. Coat ham with half of glaze and coat with pink peppercorns. Roast at 400˚F for 20 minutes.

  4. Remove from oven and coat with the remaining glaze. Roast for additional 10 minutes or until golden brown 

  5. Remove from oven, carve and serve.

Did you know that Great Performances Catering offers special meal kits for holidays that can be delivered right to your home? Click the button below to check out our Easter menu. You can order either the Prix Fixe menu or you can order the dishes you want a la carte. Our Easter Dinner Meal Kit delivery will help you enjoy the holiday and your loved ones, the way the holiday should be.