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Ham Egg-Stravaganza


Ham Egg-Stravaganza

Ham Egg-Stravaganza

Frozen puff pastry dresses up this ham for the Easter holiday.

Yield

Makes 12 to 14 servings

Ingredients

2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
3 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 fully cooked canned ham (5 pounds)
1 package (17-1/4 ounces) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
2 egg yolks, divided
2 teaspoons water, divided
Yellow, green and red food colorings
Parchment paper (optional)
Small pastry brush
Pastry wheel (optional)

Preparation

  1. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach; place in medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons bread crumbs and nutmeg; mix well.
  2. Spread spinach mixture onto top of ham; sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon bread crumbs. Line 15X10X1-inch baking pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place ham in prepared pan.
  3. On floured surface, roll 1 puff pastry sheet into 18X15-inch rectangle. Place pastry over ham; tuck and fold ends of pastry around ham to enclose completely.
  4. With fork, beat together 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon water in small bowl. Tint with yellow food coloring; brush over entire surface of pastry covering ham.
  5. On same floured surface, roll second puff pastry sheet into 16X12-inch rectangle. Using pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut 8 (16X1/4-inch) strips; braid into 4 braids of 2 strips each. Place braided strips on top and around base of ham as shown in photo. Cut out small decorations from remaining pastry. (Some pastry will remain; discard.) Place cutouts on ham to resemble decorations on "egg."
  6. Beat together remaining egg yolk and 1 teaspoon water in small bowl; pour evenly into 2 smaller bowls. Color 1 part with green food coloring and remaining part with red food coloring. Using pastry brush, paint decorative cutouts with egg mixtures.
  7. Bake at 350°F 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until pastry is golden brown and ham is heated through.*

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