Easter Dinner Recipes

 

Host an Easter dinner feast starring impressive mains, seasonal sides and other entertaining-ready fare.

 

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Crown Roast of Lamb

Nothing says Easter like a festive rack of lamb. Alton Brown makes it easy by giving you a step-by-step guide to create the perfect centerpiece for your meal.

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Scalloped Potatoes

Chuck Hughes' rich and creamy scalloped potatoes dish — with caramelized onions and goat cheese — is an indulgent and easy-to-make classic Easter side.

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Broiled Salmon With Herb Mustard Glaze

A mustard glaze, rich with the flavors of rosemary and thyme, is the perfect complement to a thick salmon steak. When broiled, the sauce-topped salmon browns nicely, though the fish is still moist and flaky beneath the surface.

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Peas and Prosciutto

Brimming with bright green colors, Giada De Laurentiis' pea and prosciutto side dish is a simple and satisfying ode to the spring season.

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Fresh Ham With Tuscan Bread Stuffing

Tyler Florence stuffs this Italian-inspired ham with Tuscan bread, pine nuts, raisins, olives and an array of fresh herbs. Reserve the bone to make a delicious, rich ham broth.

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Candied Carrots

Sweet, spiced and citrus-infused, Tyler's candied carrots make a unique addition to any springtime table.

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Pot Roast

Though many pot roast recipes require the use of a Dutch oven, heavy-duty aluminum foil is all you need to make Alton’s perfectly juicy and tender pot roast.

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Leek and Potato Cake

Wow friends and family with this simple yet elegant cake, which contains sweet sauteed leeks and shallots, buttery potato slices and salty Parmesan cheese.

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Grilled Lamb Chops

For her take on this traditional Easter main, Giada rubs lamb chops with a paste made of garlic cloves, thyme, rosemary and cayenne pepper and allows them to marinate for at least an hour so that the aromatic flavors fully saturate the meat.

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Asparagus with Orange Sauce

In-season asparagus gets a boost from Laura Calder's fresh and spring-inspired citrus dressing.

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Sarsaparilla Basted Ham

Sarsaparilla is an old-fashioned soft drink (similar in taste to root beer) that's made from the same-named plant. Its slightly spicy flavor pairs perfectly with the sweet and tropical notes in Bobby Deen's pineapple-sugar basting sauce.

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Country Ham Antipasto

Bitter arugula is topped with sweet strawberries, salty feta crumbles and prosciutto and a tangy balsamic glaze for a spring salad that pleases every part of your palate.

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Salmon Baked in Foil

Baking salmon in foil is an easy way to retain tenderness and moisture. Cook this salmon with a refreshing medley of tomatoes and herbs.

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Vegetable Terrine

The colorful layers in this terrine celebrate both the bounty of spring produce and the lingering days of winter's stock, with carrots, Swiss chard, cauliflower and green peas.

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Cauliflower, Chevre and Onion Quiche

Enriched with Gruyère and fresh chevre, and encased in a rosemary-flavored buttery crust, this quiche is an excellent make-ahead dish that can feed many.

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Green Beans with Mustard

Spicy mustard and freshly ground cumin seeds give green beans a kick, while pine nuts and almonds add sweet, nutty flavor.

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Slow-Roasted Parchment-Wrapped Leg of Lamb With Garlic and Herbs

Slow-roasting lamb in parchment paper packets along with fragrant herbs ensures that the meat is tender, juicy and infused with woodsy flavor.

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Italian-Style Potato Cake

Smash potatoes with chunks of pancetta and Parmigiano, top with breadcrumbs, then bake until golden brown for a savory cake that's different from the typical holiday side.

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Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto With Beurre Blanc

These elegant asparagus and prosciutto bundles become even more indulgent when topped with Kelsey Nixon's creamy beurre blanc sauce. Also try her variations, including two citrus recipes and a beurre rouge with red wine instead of white.

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Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Gruyère Strata

Make this eggy, savory custard with spinach, herbs and Gruyère cheese for an Easter side or main that works as well at brunch as it does at dinner. Top with sauteed cherry tomatoes for fresh, sweet flavor.

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Sticky Glazed Asian Ham

This recipe explodes with the exotic flavors of Chinese five-spice powder and fresh ginger — a refreshing departure from super-salty hams — and gets its sticky sweetness from a combination of honey and brown sugar.

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Pea, Feta and Mint Salad

Fresh shelled peas, crunchy pistachios and salty feta cheese crumbles sit upon a mixture of fresh mint and snow pea leaves in this lean, green Easter salad.

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Ham and Peas Pie

Instead of carving a ham this Easter, why not serve thin slices on a pizza pie? This recipe has everything you look for in an Easter feast — Italian ham, fresh green peas and a rich and buttery bechamel sauce.

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Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Bundles

Wrapped in smoked salmon, these asparagus bundles take only a few minutes to assemble, but they're a festive and delicious way to present a traditional springtime vegetable to your guests.

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Antipasto Trifle Salad

For an elegant twist on the standard antipasto platter, layer escarole with pickled peppers, artichokes and an assortment of cured Italian meats in a trifle dish. Serve on toasted slices of baguette.

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