Easter dinner ideas – simple step by step recipes

Von John Griffith / March 20 2020
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This year Easter is on April 12th. And, although there is still about a month to go, it is never too early to start making party plans. Easter is just such a fun holiday. Not only does it mark the beginning of spring, it is also a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. For many religious people, this is their favorite holiday. So, today we have prepared for you some pretty easy to follow recipes and Easter dinner ideas.

Simple Easter dinner ideas

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Italian Easter bread

two dyed eggs on wooden countertop, italian easter bread, dyed egg in the middle

How to make Easter bread?

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teacup cane sugar
  • 150ml warm milk
  • 35gr melted butter
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 7gr yeast
  • 2 teacups flour
  • 70gr raisins

The ingredients you are going to need

two eggs milk and flour, sugar and butter, ingredients arranged on wooden countertop, easter bread

Whisk the eggs and the sugar together, then add the milk, butter, lemon zest and yeast

eggs and milk whisked together in ceramic bowl, placed on wooden countertop, italian easter bread

Add the flour and raisins

flour sifted into ceramic bowl, easter bread, by woman wearing blue apron, placed on wooden countertop

Knead the dough

fluffy dough with raisins inside ceramic bowl, kneaded by woman, wearing blue apron, easter bread, wooden countertop

italian easter bread, dough with raisins, kneaded by woman, wearing blue apron, wooden countertop

Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour

fluffy dough with raisins in glass bowl, placed on wooden countertop, easter bread

Separate it in four small balls and roll them out

wooden countertop with flour on it, easter bread, dough with raisins separated in four balls

Intertwine the rolled out dough in pairs of two

easter bread, dough with raisins intertwined together, placed on wooden countertop, woman with blue apron

Bake at 170 degrees for 20 minutes

wooden countertop, italian easter bread, dyed eggs in the middle, placed on paper lined baking sheet

Enjoy this fluffy and delicious Easter dessert

italian easter bread, dyed egg in the middle, placed on a rack on wooden countertop

Easter eggs recipe

carved out egg whites filled with egg yolk mixture easter eggs arranged on green plate decorated with cucumber dill

Scrumptious Easter egg recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs, boiled and peeled
  • 1 mini cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 English cucumber
  • chili pepper flakes
  • fresh dill

easter dinner ideas stuffed eggs with avocado mustard cucumbers ingredients laid out on wooden surface

Instructions:

  1. Boil and peel the eggs. Carve them out as shown in the photos below and remove the yolks.
  2. Cut the mini cucumber into small pieces.
  3. In a bowl mash the egg yolks with the avocado. Add the mustard, olive oil, garlic, juice from 1 lime, chopped mini cucumbers and parsley and mix well.
  4. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe into the carved egg whites.
  5. Decorate with chili pepper flakes, one slice of cucumber and fresh dill.

cucumbers being chopped on marble cutting board easter dinner ideas boiled and peeled eggs in a carton on the side

mustard egg yolks avocado cucumber being mashed together in glass bowl easter dinner ideas

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Easter bird nests

easter bird nests, made of angel hair pasta, dipped in melted chocolate, sprinkled with coconut flakes

Cute bird nests – fun Easter decoration

Ingredients:

  • 40gr butter
  • 180gr angel hair pasta
  • 6 tbsp condensed milk
  • melted chocolate
  • coconut flakes

The ingredients you are going ot need for this fun Easter decoration

angel hair pasta in a bowl, condensed milk and butter in bowls, easter bird nests, arranged on grey countertop

Melt the butter in a sauce pan and add the angel hair pasta – cook until golden brown

angel hair pasta, cooked in black sauce pan, stirred with black spatula, easter bird nests

Add the condensed milk and stir in well

angel hair pasta and condensed milk, easter bird nests, cooked in black sauce pan, stirred with black spatula

Shape the nests in a muffin baking tray and refrigerate for 10 minutes

angel hair pasta, placed in muffin baking tray, shaped with brass spoons, easter bird nests

Dip the nests in melted chocolate

easter desserts, bird nests made with angel hair pasta, dipped in melted chocolate

bird nests made of angel hair pasta, dipped in melted chocolate, easter desserts, arranged on white plate

Sprinkle coconut flakes on top

bird nests made of angel hair pasta, dipped in melted chocolate, sprinkled with coconut flakes, easter desserts

Use the nests for your gorgeous dyed eggs

small eggs dyed in black and white, easter desserts, placed in bird nests, made of angel hair pasta

Creamy scalloped potatoes

garlic and herb scalloped potatoes, easter dinner ideas, sliced and arranged in a casserole dish

Easter dinner ideas – scalloped potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs potatoes, partially cooked in the microwave for 4-5 minutes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 5.6 oz. packages garlic and herb cheese
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • grated parmesan

The perfect side dish

garlic and herb scalloped potatoes, sliced and arranged in a white casserole dish, rosemary on top, easter dinner ideas

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray and cover the bottom with butter. Let it sit in the oven until the butter melts.
  3. In a saucepan heat the heavy cream, cheese salt and pepper and cook until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Slice the potatoes with a mandolin, transfer to a bowl and pour the cheese mixture over them.
  5. Arrange the potatoes in the casserole dish as shown in the photos.
  6. Pour the rest of the cheese mixture on top and cover with foil.
  7. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake additional 30 minutes. Sprinkle the grated parmesand and bake for 15-30 more minutes.

Easy, simple, yet super delicious

garlic and herb scalloped potatoes, easter dinner ideas, sliced and arranged in white casserole dish

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Easy fruited rice pilaf

rice pilaf in white hexagonal plate, placed on white table runner, easter dinner ideas

What to cook for Easter? How about this easy rice pilaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 apple
  • 1/3 cup green onions
  • salt and pepper

For the bouquet garni:

  • 12 peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

The perfect dish

rice pilaf in white hexagonal plate, placed on white table runner, traditional easter dinner, flowers on the side

Instructions:

  1. Make the bouquet garni by gathering all the ingredients in a small cheesecloth and tie it into a small pouch.
  2. Melt the butter into a pot.
  3. Add the onions and the rice, then add the bouquet garni. Stir in the chicken broth and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add the raisins and apple and cook for additional 5 minutes.
  5. Finally, add the almonds and green onions before serving.

You won’t regret trying this delicious recipe

traditional easter dinner, rice pilaf in white hexagonal plate, placed on white table runner on wooden table

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Caprese farro salad

caprese salad with couscous, traditional easter dinner, placed on white plate, halved cherry tomatoes and baby mozzarella

How to make a caprese salad?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup farro
  • 10.5 oz. halved cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 8 oz. small mozzarella pearls
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil

Simple, easy, healthy and delicious – what more could you possibly need

halved cherry tomatoes and baby mozzarella, caprese salad with couscous, traditional easter dinner, basil leaves garnish

Instructions:

  1. Boil the farro in 3 cups of salted water and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Drain the excess water and let cool.
  2. In a bowl mix the pesto, tomatoes, pine nuts, vinegar, oil and mozzarella. Toss with the farro, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Garnish with fresh basil.

Healthy, protein-packed salad

caprese salad with couscous, traditional easter dinner, basil leaves garnish, halved cherry tomatoes and baby mozzarella

Source: thecookierookie. com

Marmalade glazed ham recipe

easter meal ideas, baked ham with marmalade glaze, baked in a metal baking tray

Traditional Easter dinner – baked ham

Ingredients:

  • 1 8 lbs fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup apple cider

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup marmalade
  • 1 tbsp hot honey
  • 3 tbsp bourbon
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustars
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp gnger paste
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salr
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Traditional Easter dish

slices of ham, arranged on white plate, easter meal ideas, baked ham with marmalade glaze, fork on the side

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a roasting pan with non-stick spray and line it with foil, then spray the foil as well.
  2. In a sauce pan combine all ingredients for the glaze over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes until the mixture thickens.
  3. Using a sharp knife score a diamond pattern in the ham through the skin and the fat layer. Cut about 1/4-inch deep with parallel lines about 2-inches apart.
  4. Pour cider on the bottom of the pan and set the ham in the middle.
  5. Keep 1/2 of the glaze for serving.
  6. The rest of the glaze brush over the ham. Bake at 325°F for 1 1/2 hours, glazing every 30 minutes. Check the internal temperature of the ham, which should be 115°F.
  7. Once the desired internal temperature is reached, baste it one more time, remove the pan from the oven, cover it with foil and let rest for 15 minutes.

This looks so good

slices of ham arranged on white plate, fork on the side, easter meal ideas, baked ham with marmalade glaze

Source: thecookierookie. com

Herb crusted rack of lamb

sliced rack of lamb, arranged on a white palte, roasted baby carrots around it, easter meal ideas

Traditional Easter food – rack of lamb

Ingredients:

For the lamb:

  • 1 rack of lamb
  • 4 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 8 oz panko bread  crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

For the yoghurt mint sauce:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Doesn’t this look delicious

garlic and herb rack of lamb, placed on white plate, easter meal ideas, roasted baby carrots around it

Instructions:

  1. Line a sheet tray with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Place the rack of lamb on the tray and brush all sides with the Dijon mustard and oil. Season with salt and black pepper and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, pulse the basil, parsley, thyme, butter, garlic, salt, Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Season to taste.
  4. Press the herb mixture onto the lamb and set aside for 1-2 hours at room temperature.
  5. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  6. Wrap the bones in foil and roast the lamb for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, cover with foil and  let rest for 15 minutes.
  8. Mix all the ingredients for the mint sauce and serve together.

Traditional Easter recipe

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Source: thecookierookie. com

Sweet potato casserole

sweet potato casserole with pecans on top, easter dishes, piece of it placed on small white plate, white spoon on the side

Easter dinner recipes

Ingredients:

  • 3 15 oz, cans of sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 well beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

For the topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups chopped pecans

Yummy Easter meal

sweet potato casserole with pecans on top, easter dishes, baked in a ceramic casserole dish

Instructions:

  1. Pour the butter over the sweet potatoed and mash them together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the sugar, salt, eggs, milk, vanilla and blend well.
  3. Pour the mixture into a baking dish.
  4. Combine the ingredients for the topping and crumble with your hands until fully combined. Pour it over the potatoes.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes

A really simple, yet tasty recipe

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Source: thecookierookie. com

More Easter dinner ideas for the hostess with the mostest

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small eggs dyed in black and white, placed in bird nests, made of angel hair pasta, easter desserts

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Why not try an Easter buffet menu

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roasted cauliflower, cheese and parsley garnish on top, easter lunch ideas, lemon slices on the side

deviled eggs with different garnishes, halved cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, easter lunch ideas, arranged on two plates

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salad with couscous and beets, easter buffet menu, orange slices, bread on the side, placed on grey plate

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sliced ham placed on white plate, fork and knife on the side, easter buffet menu, roasted pepper and asparagus

baked lamb with carrots, rosemary branches for garnish, easter buffet menu, baked in white casserole dish

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Tasty Easter ham dinner

sliced ham placed on a white plate, lemons oranges and cherry tomatoes around it, easter menu ideas 2019

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You should definitely add a few desserts to your Easter dinner menu ideas

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mini pavlovas, easter dinner ideas 2019, strawberries and blueberries on top, arranged on white surface

mixed green herb toss salad, halved boiled egg on top, placed in white plate, easter dinner ideas 2019, blue table cloth

puff pastry with asparagus and cheese inside, easter dinner ideas 2019, placed on white baking paper

Easter dinner ideas no ham

pea mint stuffed shells, baked in white casserole dish, herb garlic bread on the side, easter dinner ideas 2019

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easter dinner ideas no ham, pickled eggs, garnished with dill, arranged on turquoise plate

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rack of lamb with creamy sauce, garnished with chopped parsley, easter buffet 2019, white plate on wooden table

Side dish for your Easter buffet menu

roasted asparagus with seeds, halved boiled egg and parmesan on top, placed on white plate, easter buffet 2019

roasted chicken with fennel, placed in three white plates, easter buffet 2019, on white wooden table

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small sandwiches made with biscuits, easter ham dinner, spinach and ham inside, arranged on white plate

Super easy Easter meal ideas

two white plates placed on blue table cloth, easter ham dinner, smothered pork chops with steamed broccoli and mushrooms on the side

apiced pomegranate and orange glazed ham, easter ham dinner, placed on grey palte, knife and fork on the side

table full bouquets with different flowers, easter ham dinner, ham and cheese placed on wooden cutting board

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one tier cake, covered with coconut flakes, palced on turquoise cake stand, easter dinner menu ideas

cupcakes with matcha powder on top, small chocolate bunnies cupcake toppers, easter dinner menu ideas, wooden plate

white plate full of different green vegetables, easter dinner menu ideas, turnip cauliflower and lemon slices

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