Easter is all about festive family gatherings and good food. Whether you’re celebrating with your closest or hosting a larger crowd in your home, try these simple tips to keep everyone happy and full without blowing your budget.

Plan ahead: Don’t let the pressure of hosting the holidays stress you. A well-constructed game plan can help you stay on track with your spending goals. Before heading to the grocery store, take inventory of what you already have and create a list of the items you need. These simple steps can save you time and money in the long run.

Keep leftovers in mind: Food (and money) can go to waste when leftovers go uneaten. Instead of tossing out your forgotten leftovers, incorporate them into a whole new dish.

Slow-Cooked Maple Ham

Prep. time: 5 minutes
Cook. time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
Servings: 10

20 ounces pineapple Chunks
8 pounds Smoked Ham
1 cup Pure Maple Syrup
1 cup Brown Sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp ground black pepper

Pour pineapple into large slow cooker. Place ham on top of pineapple, flat-side down.

In small bowl, combine syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, Dijon mustard and pepper. Pour over ham.

Set slow cooker to low. Cook for four to five hours.

Remove ham; keep warm. Skim fat off top of remaining liquid in slow cooker.

Pour liquid into small saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer; cook until reduced to desired consistency.

Serve sauce on side or heat oven to broil and glaze ham. Broil for three to four minutes for caramelised crust.

Recipe courtesy of Chef Alyssa at the Aldi Test Kitchen.

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