Easter is filled with tradition and the dinner table is no exception. From hot cross buns to the choice between lamb or ham, even gooey fudge brownies, there are many great dishes that your family will enjoy this Easter.
Entrees, side dishes, desserts, and more, let's explore delicious recipes that will help you create a traditional Easter dinner menu. These menu ideas celebrate the best foods of spring, include traditional foods from around the world, and many are also ideal for Passover.
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Hot Cross Buns
One of the signature foods of Easter are those delicious hot cross buns. Spiced with nutmeg, flavored with currants and apricots, then topped with a lemon icing, this sweet bread is at it's best when it's homemade.
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Stuffed Leg of Lamb
A favorite for many Easter dinner tables, stuffed leg of lamb is surprisingly easy to prepare. A flavorful recipe, with parsley, garlic, bacon, and red wine, this spring lamb roast can easily please any family.
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Smoked Pork Butt With Potatoes and Cabbage
An entree that's a little less traditional, but still, a popular choice for Easter is smoked pork butt. When you add cabbage and potatoes, you have a one-pot main dish that is hearty enough for the hungriest family.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Irish Lamb Stew
A traditional Irish lamb stew is another fabulous Easter entree to consider for dinner. The simple recipe is filled with vegetables, herbs, and spices to make a flavorful spring stew. It's a nice option if you want lamb, but aren't in the mood for a roast.
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Persian Roast Chicken
Poultry is not out of the question for Easter or Passover and this Persian roast chicken recipe is perfect for the spring holidays. Flavored with saffron, cinnamon, and cumin contrasting the tang of lemons and clementines, it's a fascinating dish that may become a new favorite.
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Whether you choose to serve ham, beef, pork, or lamb, an old-fashioned raisin sauce is an ideal complement to your meat entree. It takes just 10 minutes to make and can easily be made to suit your family's taste with an adjustment or two.
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Parker House Rolls
Homemade dinner rolls are better than any you can buy at the store. Bakers who want to try a new recipe will enjoy these Parker house rolls. They're light and airy and have a wonderful flavor that complements all the other dishes on your table.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Paska Easter Bread
Another option for the bread on your Easter table is a traditional recipe from Eastern Europe. Paska, or Slovak Easter bread, is simple and delightful. You can either bake the dough into rounds or form chick-shaped dinner rolls.
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Potatoes Grand Mere
Scalloped potatoes are a favorite side dish and the potatoes grand mere recipe will work perfectly alongside any entree. Rich and satisfying, the potatoes in this dish are adorned with a creamy mustard, garlic, and Parmesan sauce that is sure to please.
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For another traditional potato bake, try a tasty kugel recipe. All you need are grated potatoes, onions, and eggs with a little seasoning. In about an hour, a simple golden brown side dish is ready for the table.
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Asparagus is one of the first vegetables of spring, which is why roasted asparagus is such a popular side for Easter dinner. Drizzling olive oil over the spears, sprinkling them with sea salt and a hint of lemon ramps up the flavor, creating a side your family will love.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Purple Cabbage Salad
A favorite Passover recipe, it's hard to beat the fresh taste of a purple cabbage salad. This colorful side dish includes mandarin oranges, cranberries, carrots, and pine nuts and it looks spectacular.
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Goat Cheese Salad
Bring the taste of a French bistro to your Easter table with a fresh goat cheese salad. You can bake goat cheese croutes or cook them on the stovetop. They're then laid over a bed of fresh lettuce and herbs with a light oil, vinegar, and mustard dressing. This recipe works well for a light brunch as well.
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Beets
A simple and flavorful side dish, whip up this roasted sweet potato and beet recipe for Easter dinner. It too requires just a drizzle of olive oil and some light seasoning, allowing the taste of the vegetables to really shine.
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Braised Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas
Need a really fast side of veggies for Easter brunch? In just 10 minutes you can pull off a tasty dish of braised carrots and sugar snap peas. Seasoned with parsley and a touch of garlic, it may just become a new staple around your house.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Asparagus Ricotta Spring Pasta
A pasta dish that celebrates spring in its brightest flavors, this asparagus ricotta spring pasta is an ideal accompaniment to any entree. The flavor is fresh and clean and it all comes together in no time at all.
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Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish
Add puff pastry dough, blueberries, and cream cheese to your grocery list and bake up some blueberry danishes for Easter brunch. They're sweet and delicious and rather easy to make at home.
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Easter Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispie treats are a favorite among kids and adults alike. The basic recipe can be transformed into an adorable, miniature Easter basket with a few Jelly Beans, chocolate eggs, and a little coconut.
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Bakers who want to go all out for the Easter holiday need to try a Simnel cake. Traditionally served to celebrate the end of Lent, this is the ultimate dessert for a feast. You can also decorate it as ornately as you like, creating a showpiece that may look too good to eat.
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Lemon Meringue Pie
Take advantage of the spring lemon crop with a traditional lemon meringue pie. The bright flavor of the creamy, airy filling has long been a favorite for a beautiful Easter dinner. Though it can look intimidating, it's rather simple and definitely worth your effort.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Easter Bunny Cocktail
We indulge in all sorts of treats for Easter and drinks are not an exception. For the adults, mix up a fun and sweet Easter bunny cocktail to share. This chocolate vodka cocktail is simple and you'll love the hint of cherry brandy.