Easter Dinner Recipes
Whether your Easter dinner menu is elegant and sophisticated or simple and casual, we have a menu that's perfect for your entertaining needs.
Turmeric Lamb Chops with Crispy Potatoes and Broccoli
Lamb loin chops (shaped like mini T-bones) save about 11g sat fat per serving over rib or shoulder chops. You can also ask your butcher to cut "steaks" from a leg of lamb, also lean, or sub 2 (8-ounce) beef sirloin steaks.
Herby Lamb and Turkey Meatballs
The possibilities are endless with these simple, baked meatballs. By combining lamb and turkey, the meatballs possess that signature, rich flavor of lamb, but don’t feel excessively indulgent. If lamb isn’t your cup of tea (in terms of price or flavor), feel free to substitute for more ground turkey. Alternatively, if you’d like a stronger lamb flavor, adjust your ratio of lamb to turkey accordingly. Once made, you can serve these flavor-packed meatballs any number of ways. Plate them atop a bed of sautéed kale and a smear of Greek yogurt, topped with toasted pine nuts and feta cheese. Add them into a brothy, vegetable-heavy soup for a meaty kick, or crumble them into Mediterranean-inspired salads and pitas. Stick them with a toothpick and serve them as an easy appetizer alongside a lemony, herby yogurt dip. The fresh herbs and bold cumin pair beautifully with plain yogurt, tangy cheeses, and creamy dressings and condiments, like tahini.
Ham Cured Pineapple with Prosciutto and Pomegranate
Most people adorn their holiday ham with pineapple. This year, flip the script and "hamify" a whole pineapple. The result is a "wow" worthy holiday centerpiece that resembles a modern version of the classic ham, pineapple, and maraschino cherry combination. The glaze, pomegranate, prosciutto, and charred pineapple hit every flavor note in the book. Carve the pineapple like, well... a ham.
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Lemon-Herb Salt
Leg of lamb is an easy yet holiday-worthy roast. Buzz together the flavorful salt seasoning in a food processor, and rub it onto the meat at least 12 hours before roasting. Trust an instant-read meat thermometer to ensure the lamb is the perfect rosy pink in the center.
Lamb and Rice Stuffed Eggplant
If you’ve ever experienced the disappointment that is a bland eggplant boat hidden under copious amounts of sauce and cheese… rest assured, this isn’t that. A variety of dried spices provide a wealth of warm, aromatic flavors, while ground lamb delivers a distinct richness, and fresh mint provides a pop of herbaceous energy—ultimately, making for an incredibly satisfying meal. Even if you’re not always on Team Eggplant, we’re confident that this flavor-packed dish may very well be a preparation you of the veggie you really enjoy. When shopping, look for eggplants with firm skin and no bruises. If you have trouble finding ground lamb, you can definitely substitute a different ground meat, like beef or turkey, in it’s place—just be sure to use a ground meat with at least 10% fat.
Caesar Brussels Sprouts Salad with Almonds
Sturdy shaved Brussels sprouts hold the crunchy almonds and a garlicky Parmesan vinaigrette without wilting. Serve with roast chicken or lamb.
Brown Sugar-Bourbon-Glazed Ham
Choose a bone-in half-ham brined with natural juices. Leaving a thin layer of fat after trimming amps up the flavor and keeps the meat moist.
Pour some bubbly to accompany this stylish Easter meal. From the first bite of tender butter lettuce salad to the last morsel of coconut tart, every dish will delight both eye and palate.
Laid-Back Easter Sunday Dinner
Take a break from the traditional Easter ham and lamb by serving grilled chicken, a cheesy pasta casserole (reminiscent of the kid-friendly favorite macaroni and cheese), and seasonal sides. Make the lemon tart ahead and enjoy as a sweet ending to the meal.
Ham with Spiced Cherry Sauce
The spiced cherry sauce delivers a delicately sweet and tangy flavor to the ham.
This grown-up dinner takes cues from the Mediterranean, using ingredients like pistachios and polenta to complement the lamb. For the most elegant presentation, ask your butcher to French the racks of lamb so that they have a trim bone "handle".
Peach Jam-Glazed Ham
Peach Jam-Glazed Ham is a delightful mix of sweet and savory. With only 5 ingredients, Peach Jam-Glazed Ham is an easy and tasty choice for Easter dinner.
Strike just the right balance between refined and relaxed with this attractive menu. For a totally stress-free meal, blanch the asparagus and bake the cake one day in advance.
Smoky Glazed Ham with Red Pepper Jelly
Chef Jonathon Sawyer's secret to a successful holiday feast is doing most of his preparation ahead of time, for what he calls "easy game-day execution." He makes the sauce that becomes a sweet-sticky glaze and the spicy pepper jelly a few days in advance; then, on the day of, all he has to do is bake the ham.
Formal Easter Dinner for Four
Celebrate spring's bounty with a flavor-packed menu featuring the season's best produce–artichokes, strawberries and sugar snap peas. The presentation of the grilled lamb chops, spoonbread grits with sauce, and cucumber-wrapped salads makes this meal extra special for a fancy dinner with guests.
Roast Leg of Lamb with Almond-Mint Pesto
Mint jelly is traditional with lamb, but not everyone loves its cloying sweetness or garish color. This fresh mint pesto takes a more savory direction, and is rolled up in the lamb to flavor it as it roasts. Served with tiny peas, new potatoes, and a big butter lettuce salad, this roast is Easter worthy.
Celebrate Easter like the Greeks with this go-all-out lamb dinner. Enjoy classics like a creamy egg and lemon soup, then finish with dark, sweet coffee and a stunning Easter loaf embellished with red-dyed eggs.
Maple Mustard-Glazed Ham
Slice the ham and serve with the sauce on the side. The maple syrup over the ham delivers a perfectly salty-sweet experience.
Easter Dinner in the Dining Room
Find all of your perennial holiday favorites in this updated yet traditional family menu featuring sweet glazed ham, creamy potatoes, fresh asparagus, and coconut cake.