20 Easter Dinner Recipes to Please Everyone
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Fennel Pollen–Roasted Rack of Lamb with Radish Leaf Pesto
Chef Sarah Heller uses fennel pollen as a rub for roasted rack of spring lamb. The radish leaf pesto is also great root-to-stem cooking for reducing waste. The peppery leaves, basil, almonds, and Pecorino make a vibrant, delicious topper for the chops when served.
Grilled Branzino with Skordalia and Ladolemono
For a Greek Easter option, chef Zoi Antonitsas tops flaky grilled fish with a super-lemony Greek ladolemono sauce and serves it with the tangy, garlicky potato purée called skordalia.
Baked Spaetzle with Green Pea Pesto
These mini dumplings are tossed in olive oil and baked with leeks until crisp and browned, then blanketed with a creamy fonduta. The herb-and-pea pesto takes the dish from comfort fare to a vibrant spring side, making it an ideal addition to an Easter spread.
Carrot Osso Buco
Parker House Rolls
Everyone looks forward to a buttery Parker House roll at dinner. Alex Guarnaschelli’s recipe makes a big batch, but the unbaked rolls freeze well, too.
Veal Stew with Spring Greens
A stew is a great way to feed a crowd, or have leftovers for a smaller group for days after. This lemony stew has a delicious mix of spinach, sorrel, watercress, romaine, and herbs.
Whole Wild Salmon Fillet with Mustard Sauce
This salmon dish is a crowd-pleaser and simple to execute for any home cook. It also makes stellar leftovers.
For a traditional Easter ham centerpiece, this recipe will do the trick. The sweet, sticky glaze on this juicy ham is subtly spiced with fennel, coriander and star anise.
Herb-Scented Mashed Potatoes
Justin Chapple’s recipe has steeped fresh rosemary, sage, and garlic in a combination of milk and cream folded into boiled and riced potatoes. Brush the potatoes with butter and broil before serving, for a crispy crust on top.
Russian Beet Salad
Roasting beets with a little salt intensifies their earthy flavor, and this salad makes for a refreshing but delicious side to a hearty Easter meal.
Spring Vegetable Stew
A straightforward stew is sometimes the best way to go when hosting family. This one only takes an hour to pull off, and it’s vegetarian-friendly.
Thin apple and ham slices are rolled together and set in a tender, herby custard sprinkled with sharp white cheddar. Have it for dinner and save the rest for brunch the next morning.
Seared Lamb Chops with Seared Endive, Asparagus, and Tahini Dressing
The entire meal comes together in just 20 minutes—making it perfect for both Easter or weeknights to come.
Saba-and-Dijon-Glazed Easter Ham
Switch up the traditional sugar-crusted holiday ham by using saba (similar to aged balsamic). The bed of carrots and shallots collect the drippings flavor in the oven, making a main and sides all at once.
Garganelli with Speck, Peas, and Scallion Cream
Farro Salad with Radishes, Snap Peas, Olives, and Pecorino
Farro has a sweet, earthy flavor and adds a wonderful hardiness to the fresh vegetables and salty olives and cheese in this salad. If Meyer lemons aren’t available, use regular fresh lemon juice and increase the honey to balance the dressing.
Roasted Baby Artichokes with Parsley and Mint
Removing the outer leaves and inner thistle of each baby artichoke reveals its lightly astringent, mildly sweet core, tender enough for quick cooking—a simple vegetable side everyone can appreciate.
Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Shallots and White Wine
Pre-salting the lamb will deepen its flavor and increase moisture and tenderness, and a simple sear then braise renders fork-tender shreds of meat. This is a main dish you’ll want again and again.
A mixture of spelt and almond flours, gently combined with cold butter and creamy buttermilk, creates tender, fluffy biscuits that cover this juicy strawberry cobbler filling. It’s a springy and light dessert but still deep in sweet flavor.