When you talk with people about making a traditional Easter dinner,* they’ll typically tell you about one of two things: a big fancy ham, or lamb (rack of, or leg of, which makes three things, I guess — but from just two animals).
You can find some excellent recipes for those Paschal mainstays of ham and lamb (such as Honey Ham With Riesling and Mustard, and Grilled, Yogurt-Marinated Leg of Lamb) here in the Recipes section of the AllSpice website.
But what about the *rest* of the dinner? What should you make to accompany that exquisite main dish? We’ve compiled a list of sides, salads and desserts that we think rival (or even outshine) the entree. Any of these dishes are worthy of a place of honor at your Easter dinner table.
Many of the recipes, below, are fresh takes on old holiday favorites, which take advantage of seasonal (preferably local) ingredients available at the market in early spring. Others dishes are favorite Easter recipes that AllSpice staff enjoy with their families. Maybe some of these will become new favorites at your Easter table, too!
Starters: Start the meal with an Early Spring Salad of seasonal vegetables (baby potatoes, salad greens and fresh green beans in a Walnut Oil vinaigrette), or a Fruit Salad With Granulated Honey and Mint, Citrus-Fennel Salad, or this Chickpea Salad With Lemon and Herbs. For a more earthy first course, try a Roasted Beet Salad With Goat Cheese and Pecans.
Look on the Bright (and Tasty) Side: Alongside the holiday ham, go old-school and serve scratch-made scalloped potatoes. Staying with the hearty baked side dish theme, you will like the sumptuous Gruyere-Asparagus Tart, some Southern-Style Vegetables, or Brussels Sprouts with Buttered Walnuts. For a “lighter” vegetable side, try Roasted Cauliflower, spring Peas and Pancetta, or Roasted Rainbow Carrots.
All’s Well That Ends Well. For dessert, try this Blueberry-Raspberry Pavlova, a cloud of meringue topped with a sumptuous mix of fresh spring berries, or an Almond Cake, dusted with a stenciled powdered-sugar St. James Cross.
And last but last least, what are you supposed to do with all those left-over dyed, hard-boiled eggs? We’ve got over a week’s worth of boiled-egg recipes at this link.
*Here’s our article on the tradition of serving ham on Easter.