Easter Essentials

It’s almost Spring, which not only means warmer weather (YAY), but that Easter is on the way! It’s time for family and  friends to gather together in joy and celebration!  In addition to spending time with loved ones, many of us find ourselves looking forward to the food and drink as well. Maybe you are hosting and have no idea what you want to serve. Or maybe you are stuck on what to bring to your Easter event. We are here to help with some awesome ideas including  great non meat options for Lent. Wow your guests with some of these great products. Whatever you are looking for, we have you covered.

Featured Non Meat Meals

We have many non meat meals available in the market for Lent. It was hard to narrow down just a few to  feature, but we did it! Here are four popular non meat options, brought to you by our own Chef Michael!

Linguini and Clams– This  delicious and filling dinner is comprised of linguini, chopped clams, grape tomatoes,  lemon juice, basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Shrimp Chiffa Amarillo -A new featured item for Lent from Chef Michael. It is a Peruvian Chinese fusion dish made with shrimp, seasoned Spanish rice, peppers, bean sprouts , and Zocalo sauce (comprised of  aji amarillo chili, goldenberry, onion, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, passionfruit, seasalt, black mint, oregano, black pepper, aji ayucllo chili, and citric acid). It is unique and worth a try!

Stuffed Shells – These are perfect for even the pickiest eaters!  They are traditional pasta shells filled with ricotta cheese and spices, and topped with mozzarella , marinara sauce and parsley. They are loved by both adults and children!

Eggplant Parmesan– This is a great veggie option, and very similar to chicken parm- minus the chicken! It features yummy breaded eggplant, and is topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese!

All of these entrees come in microwave safe containers. Just remove the plastic lid and heat. This makes clean up a breeze!

Wine

What should you offer adults to drink on Easter? Or bring with you to your Easter celebration?  We have selected semi dry, semi sweet and sweet beverage options, so try one or all three! These also pair well with the cheeses mentioned below.

Semi Dry Selection: Celebration  (Perfect for your own celebration like the name suggests!) is a semi dry apple wine made from our own apples.  

Semi Sweet Selection: Our semi sweet pick is also our newest hard cider, called Crosby Black Currant. It’s a semi sweet hard apple cider with black currants.  It is very unique and has both a wine and cider taste. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, now is the perfect time!

Sweet Selection: Apple Raspberry Blush is a sweet wine made with our own apples and raspberries perfectly blended to balance their taste.

 

Cheese  

There are so many different types of amazing  cheese in the world, why not select a few for an Easter cheese board?  We tasked our talented cheese monger, Max to select four different options that pair well together and are great for Easter! They complement each other on a cheeseboard, and also go well  different foods. Try:

  1. Lamb Chopper from Cypress Grove, a pasteurized Sheep’s Milk that makes a great grilled cheese and tastes delicious melted with mushrooms and polenta. It has a smooth pleasing texture and is only aged three months.
  2. Bucherondin from Sevre Belle, a pasteurized goat’s milk which goes great on a salad. It is known for having a thick cheesecake like consistency. It has a mild goat flavor, and finishes with a lemony flavor.
  3. Seahive Cheddar from Beehive Cheeses, a pasteurized cow’s milk that pairs well with fresh fruit such as apples, berries or pears. It is hard rubbed with honey and Redmond RedSalt, which gives it both a sweet and salty taste.
  4. Great Hill Blue from Great Hill Dairy, a raw cow’s milk, is great with pears, red grapes and crackers. It is a fully flavored and smooth tasting cheese.

 

Featured Dinner Idea

Aren’t sure what to make for dinner? This year, how about serving a traditional, delicious ham for Easter, complete with potatoes and asparagus for sides?  

We will have our apple wood smoked half hams from Boars Head available in the market for Easter.  They come packed full of great flavor, so you don’t need to add anything , unless you want to! Then grab some asparagus from our produce section.  (We patiently are awaiting for our own asparagus to be available in the market. There is a small chance we may have it for Easter, but this is completely dependent on warmer weather). Asparagus is a great healthy low fat addition to your Easter dinner. It’s low in calories and a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamins A, C and K.  There are so many different things that you can do with it, and you can feel good knowing you are eating something tasty yet healthy.  Try tossing asparagus with some olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper before serving for great added flavor.

For your second side, select some of our potatoes!  There are so many ways to prepare them, the possibilities are endless.  In fact, check out this awesome recipe. This family favorite side-dish combines potatoes, cheese, and onions. For a different take, use cream of mushroom soup instead of chicken bouillon.

POTATO ONION SUPREME

INGREDIENTS

   Makes 8 Servings                    

  • 50 pounds Potatoes
  • 2 Onions
  • 0.25 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Chicken Bouillon Granules
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups Sour Cream
  • 0.75 cups Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • Dash of Paprika

DIRECTIONS

Cook potatoes; peel and slice ¼ in thick. Set aside. Place onions, water and bouillon in a saucepan; bring to a boil, then simmer 5-7 minutes or until onions are tender. Drain and set aside. Combine cheese and sour cream. In a greased 2-1/2 qt baking dish, layer half the potatoes, onions and cheese mixture. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Combine crumbs and butter; top potato mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and several onion rings, if desired. 

Dessert

The bakery produces so many wonderful treats to make your dessert truly stand out. Our staff pick for a great Easter pie is our Apple Raspberry pie! This pie combines apples and raspberries under one flaky delectable crust. It also pairs wonderfully with our own Apple Raspberry Blush wine.

We are excited to once again have our hot cross buns in the market! We only carry them for Easter, so come get some before they are gone! A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made traditionally with currants or raisins. Ours are made with raisins and candied orange peels, making them a little more unique. They are then topped with crosses of vanilla icing, and can be served hot or cold. Try cutting them in half and adding butter, for even more flavor!

 

Hopefully these ideas relieve some of the holiday stress, and will leave you with lots of time to relax! Make Bishop’s your one stop shop destination this year for all of your holiday needs. From the whole Bishop’s staff and family to yours, we wish you a Happy Easter!