Leg of Lamb: A traditional bone-in leg of lamb is the most dramatic Easter centerpiece and serves quite a few people (about 8 to 12). It can be cooked low and slow or at a superhigh temperature. It can be a bit of a challenge to carve, so if you’re concerned about being able to slice it, opt for a boneless leg of lamb. Butterflying the leg can help it cook more quickly.
Rack of Lamb: If you’re really crunched for time, a rack of lamb is the best choice. It cooks in 20 minutes, it’s the tenderest piece of meat and it’s the easiest to carve—there’s nothing to it. One drawback is that a rack of lamb can be a little pricey, so it might be best for a small number of guests.
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Whole Fresh Ham: A fresh ham is a commitment, because it needs to be marinated or brined and takes several hours to cook. But having a ham in the house is like having money in the bank. It serves 18 to 20 people and guarantees delicious leftovers. A bone-in ham can be tricky to carve, but the advantage is that the bone keeps the ham moist and the ham bone can be used to make a delicious pea soup.