15 Perfect Sides for Lamb

Roasted root vegetables
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There's something about succulent roast lamb that just says "special occasion," so you'll want your sides to measure up. Choose a few of these delicious side dishes to elevate the rest of your table, for an Easter supper that will really live up to the occasion, from the main event down to the bread basket.

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    Potatoes Grand Mere

    Potatoes grand mere recipe

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    Dress up plain old spuds in their Easter finest, with heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, mustard, and plenty of garlic with potatoes grand mere. This baked dish is rich and fragrant, with the tangy mustard and sharp cheese offsetting your tender lamb perfectly. Use Yukon gold potatoes for a beautiful gold color and buttery flavor.

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    Chilled Watercress Soup

    Chilled Watercress Yogurt Soup
    Watercress Soup. Molly Watson

    Start your Easter meal off in style with this fresh, tangy watercress yogurt soup. This rich and creamy soup highlights the peppery watercress beautifully, which will wake up your taste buds before the decadent main course arrives. Don't skimp on the full-fat yogurt; lower-fat varieties often have thickeners added to compensate for the removed fat, which may not blend properly with the other ingredients.

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    Asparagus and Butter Lettuce Salad

    Asparagus Butter Lettuce Salad With Pistachios

    Molly Watson

     

    This bright and simple salad has all of the spring flavors that pair wonderfully with lamb: raw asparagus, pistachios, and creamy mozzarella balls that contrast with the zingy lemon vinaigrette. It's light enough not to spoil your appetite for what's to come, and showcases the fresh produce that the season brings.

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    Garlic and Thyme Spring Vegetables

    Roasted root vegetables
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    If you're already roasting a lamb in your oven, toss some spring vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic, and thyme and slide them in alongside your protein for an easy side. Use tender new carrots, parsnips, and baby potatoes to showcase the flavors of spring. Multicolored heirloom varieties would be especially pretty on your table.

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    Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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    Roasting Brussels sprouts gives them a sweet, mellow flavor that even sworn haters won't be able to resist. All they need is a little olive oil and flaky sea salt to bring out their best side. Best of all, they can cook up alongside your lamb, for a low-fuss meal.

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    Airy Carrot Souffle

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    Don't be afraid of this high and light carrot soufflé, which is easier to make than you might think. The egg whites don't need to be beaten separately, so it has fewer steps than some soufflé recipes you may have tried. Serve it fresh out of the oven, before it loses its impressive height. It's slightly sweet, so you can use it as a unique Easter vegetable side, or even a healthy dessert.

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    Classic Parker House Rolls

    Parker House Rolls Recipe

    Instead of serving store-bought rolls to sop up your lamb's juices, whip up a batch of warm Parker House rolls. These pillowy, flaky rolls come together best with a stand mixer. If you don't have one, just make sure you mix the dough very thoroughly, for best results. Serve them warm with fresh butter.

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    Purple Cabbage Salad

    Purple Cabbage and Mandarin Salad
    Purple Cabbage and Mandarin Salad. © Miri Rotkovitz

    A zippy purple cabbage salad is a traditional Passover side, but it also tastes great alongside your Easter lamb. The vinegar in the salad cuts the richness from the fat-laced protein perfectly, and mandarin oranges and dried cranberries add a citrusy sweetness that's a great contrast to starchier dishes, too. The flavor improves as it sits, so you can even make it a day or two ahead.

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    Asparagus Risotto

    Asparagus risotto
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    Creamy, cheesy, and fragrant, this asparagus risotto will add a dollop of comfort to your holiday plate. Use tender, thin asparagus stalks that will have just the right bite. Making risotto has a reputation for being labor-intensive, because you must stir in the stock fairly constantly to prevent scorching. It does take a little stirring time, so toss on your favorite tunes and enjoy the fragrant aromas as it comes together.

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    Easy Fig Crostini

    Fig Crostini

    Molly Watson 

    The earthy sweetness of fresh figs and the umami meatiness of lamb are a match made in heaven, so prepare your palates for the main event by serving this fig crostini as an Easter appetizer. This easy starter comes together quickly and only requires a few simple ingredients. Use good-quality balsamic vinegar for the most robust flavor, and add a little crumbled goat or bleu cheese to really amp up the experience.

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    Buttered Leeks

    Butter-Braised Leeks
    Buttered Leeks. Molly Watson

    Nothing says spring quite like the melt-in-your mouth, buttery taste of slow-roasted leeks. Because of the lengthy cook time, you can even use the green parts that are often discarded in quicker recipes. They taste great spooned alongside your meat main, or even as a relish topping. Because it's such a simple recipe, you can experiment with adding a little chili oil, a splash of vinegar, or some fresh herbs.

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    Potato-Leek Gratin

    Potato Leek Gratin. Photo © Molly Watson

    What's even better than hearty potatoes alongside your Easter lamb? Potatoes paired with sweet leeks and covered in cheese, of course! It's great for a chilly evening, but just as delicious when the weather starts to warm up. Leeks make this casserole slightly sweeter than other versions, which goes perfectly with a slightly spiced lamb or any other meat dish.

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    Green Beans with Sautéed Onions and Za'atar Breadcrumbs

    Green Beans with Sauteed Onions and Crunchy Za'atar Breadcrumbs

    Anita Schecter

     

    Lamb is a central feature in many Middle Eastern cuisines, so sprinkling these green beans with za'atar breadcrumbs makes them the best of friends. To keep their signature snap and bright green color, cook them until just tender and then shock them quickly in ice water, to stop the cooking and keep that pretty color. Sautéed onions and a sprinkling of za'atar breadcrumbs tops it all off.

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    Vegan Mashed Potatoes

    A green bowl of herbed mashed potatoes
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    Those with dietary restrictions or who follow a vegan diet will rejoice to see these fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes on your table. An abundance of fresh herbs infuses them with a fresh, spring-like flavor that brings a winter staple onto your spring menus. Plain, unsweetened soy milk or a thick homemade cashew milk will both give these a texture that you'll swear comes from real cream.

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    Basic Roasted Artichokes

    Roasted Whole Artichokes

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    Fresh baby artichokes are at their best in the spring, so roast up a batch to kick off your Easter celebration. These tender, meaty artichokes are delightful with just a spritz of fresh lemon or dipped in a little mayonnaise or aioli. They taste like a special occasion, even though they're simple and quick to make.